Here’s one thing I know for sure… no matter how big your house is, you need more storage! People have an uncanny knack for filling whatever space they have available. If you do live in a small house (mine is a little cottage by the water at a cozy 1000 square feet) you really need more storage! I’ve collected a group of ideas and links below that might offer you some glimpse of hope or a dose of inspiration!
When I first started RemodelingGuy.net in early 2009, the economy waspretty stinky to say the least. Remodeling contractors everywhere were shutting their doors or cutting way back on staff. The direction went toward smaller houses, simpler (cheaper) projects, and more DIY home improvements.
A licensed contractor in Florida from the ripe young age of 19, I took an extended vacation from the remodeling business right before all of that started. I have oft considered if I’d ever jump back in but with the economy the way it was, it seemed like a bad time. The jury is still out on that decision for me, but what I can tell you is that the US economy for residential remodeling is looking up which is pretty good news for most folks. (not so good if you had no intention of selling and loved the more competitive pricing the slow-down brought)
The National Association of Home Builders keeps troves of data on this stuff and their Remodeling Market Index is at it’s highest since the first quarter of 2004 (ten years ago for those of us who feel like that was just yesterday!). NAHB Remodelers Chairman Bill Shaw said, ”The remodeling industry ends 2013 on a high note as remodeler confidence holds steady at a historically high level” and “We expect to keep this positive momentum going in 2014 as more home owners will continue to take on remodels and repairs that had been postponed in the downturn.”
Of course, based on what I’ve seen on Pinterest, the creative ideas never slowed at all, they just got more creative. I hope that never changes. I like the kind of “we’ll figure something out” ideas people come up with when they can’t throw money at a remodeling need. They are needs, by the way, not wants.
Mortgage rates are holding steady (I just saw an advertised 3.29% APR for a 15 year loan) and existing homes are moving. More good signs.
What Does This Mean To You?
If you’re a remodeling contractor it means it’ time to make sure your crew is ready and your systems are all in-order. The work will be there if you want it.
If you’re a homeowner looking to hire a pro, I think it means you better move quick if you want to get a good price and a good contractor. (my tips onHow to Get a Good Contractor) When things heat-up, the best contractors are often busy meaning longer waits and higher prices. It also means fly-by-nights come out of the woodwork, so be careful!
Is there a remodeling project in your near future? What kind of job are you thinking of doing?
I ran across this picture, along with quite a few more awesome kid’s rooms at a cool Australian community site here. I’ve always been a fan of really cool themed kids rooms, so I naturally took a moment to look at what was going on in this room and it just reminded me how creative […]
It’s happening just as I feared it would. And much faster than I expected. Just today I wrote a post expressing my chagrin at the chosen Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Not only was I just not happy with the color, I was also very concerned that the global marketing machine would cause […]
Amidst breathtaking anticipation, Pantone has announced this year’s winner of the coveted Color of The Year award. Each year aspiring colors from around the globe train for months with tireless dedication reaching to the black depths of their limits in an all out effort to be the champion. But only one can win. And oh […]
The average consumer thinks of The Home Depot as “their store” for all things remodeling and home improvement. Most people probably don’t think of it as much of a “professional” supply house. Pros know different. The Home Depot is, in fact, one of the best sources for professionals to buy materials, supplies, and tools. For many […]
I’ve installed many a new front door in my time on houses of every size and style and all across the budget range. In the process of selecting every one of those doors, one question always comes up… “glass or no glass?” People like doors with glass in them not only for the natural light, […]
5 Green Building Ideas You Can Use (from the Net-Zero Energy House of the Future!) Have you ever heard the term “Net-Zero Energy House”? If you have and you know what it means then I probably already have your interest. But if you don’t know that term, let me explain it in the way that […]
I was reading my favorite remodeling blog this morning and noticed a Home Depot ad at the top of the screen. Maybe all I need to say is that the ad was so compelling I took a screenshot: I could leave it at that, I suppose. But that would be far too few words for […]
I’m a huge fan of innovative uses of solar energy. I’ve always been fascinated by the possibilities that come with any 100% renewable resource and solar represents one of the most promising opportunities out there. In a recent article for PopularMechanics.com, I wrote about a creative soul who figured out a way to use a […]
I guess it’s no secret that footwear can be exciting. Kim (my lovely wife) has been aware of this fact for years. And I’m not going to say I’ve never had a new pair of shoes or boots that got my blood pumping a little bit before, but I will say I’ve never had a […]
I came across the video below a month or so back and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. This wall tile is made of a combination of cement and ground up “wood wool” whatever that is. The video is pretty interesting to watch and the idea of a cool looking hexagon wall tile seems […]
I’ve had an interesting month or two in the area of “work attire”. Various connections made through blogging have landed a couple of “try em and see if you like em” boxes on my front porch. I have an awesome pair of heavy duty workboots from Timberland that are apparently top-secret for awhile longer, and […]
If VIDEO is more your speed, scroll to the bottom! It’s the radical ideas that make the best memories. Building a wooden boat from scratch with no boat building experience and a nine-year-old helper was certainly a radical idea but it was also more than that. As a father-son project with my younger son, Jacob, […]