How Remodeling Is Changing

I don’t have a lot to write on this because I can barely change a light bulb but I found some helpful items in it.  Also, at the bottom of the article it has a neat chart with remodeling during the boom years versus now. 

One of the most cost-effective improvements, say contractors, is removing a wall to create an open kitchen-dining area. The project “makes the kitchen feel bigger and the kitchen and dining room more usable,” says Sarah Susanka, an architect and author of “The Not So Big House” book series. “It’s such a simple thing to do.” It can cost as little as a couple of thousand dollars, according to David Merrick, a home remodeler in Kensington, Md., but can run much higher if plumbing and electrical work are involved.

Web sites such as Remodelormove.com offer calculators to help consumers make the decision.

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