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File this away for future inspiration when buying or remodeling a home. When Becca and her husband started work on the kitchen in their 1926 Dutch Colonial home in Kansas City, MO, it looked like this:

What a difference three months (and enlisting the help of a professional) can make. The new kitchen looks like an entirely different house!

According to Apartment Therapy, a combination of poor quality materials and years as a rental had left the old house looking rough, especially the kitchen. After living with it for awhile, they decided it was time for a change and hired a professional contractor to help them remodel the room. They tried to select styles and materials for the remodel that matched the era of their home, and went with classic choices like subway tile, marble countertops, and a farmhouse sink.

The remarkable “after” on this foreclosure kitchen remodel reminds us not to overlook a home that may look dated or need some work. With a little time, professional help, and a bit of an investment, you can come out on the other side with a room that will suit your taste and stand the test of time, not to mention greatly increase the value of your home. Many people would not have been up for the challenge, but this couple stepped up and made the house their own, and will be rewarded for their efforts for years to come.

Source: Apartment Therapy

Finding a room of one’s own in London can be tricky. For most people, it means buying an expensive one bedroom or purchasing a studio and using the price difference to invest in a remodel.

Jennifer Beningfield of Openstudio Architects helped one young homeowner do the latter, transforming this 290-square-foot studio into a multifunctional space. They added an additional 80 feet by creating a sleeping loft, then maximized the space by including sliding walls and folding doors to conceal the kitchen when it’s not in use.

Every inch of the studio was customized for maximum storage and efficiency. Jennifer’s thoughtful design elevated the space from humble studio to a sleek, subtly sophisticated home—the epitome of London style.

Source: Remodelista

Photos: Richard Bryant

medium_e5334f5e-cc6a-409e-bf04-0d845d7f0021Remodeling spending is expected to jump in 2014 as the housing market steadies and homeowners begin to look at adding value to their homes. The following five areas are where homeowners are expected to spend the most remodeling dollars this year:

Bathrooms: An updated bathroom can be a huge advantage when selling a home. Furthermore, remodeling a bathroom is often one of the less expensive rooms to make over. Homeowners are likely to recoup 72.5% of the cost at resale according to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report.

Kitchens: Even a minor kitchen remodel (replacement of cabinet fronts, oven and cooktop, countertops, sink and faucet, and flooring) is shown to recoup 82.7% at resale.

Exterior Updates: After kitchens and baths, landscaping projects are high on the remodeling list for homeowners, said Liza Hausman, Houzz’s Vice President of Community. Many people choose to create outdoor entertainment spaces to add more usable square footage to their existing home.

Age-in-place improvements: Remodeling the first floor to create a master bedroom and bath is a common way for retirees to reconfiguring their space to prepare for the years ahead.

Additions: Adding on a family room, expanding the kitchen, or building a master suite are all more expensive projects and will be lucrative for contractors and designers in 2014. Large additions were shown to recoup 68.8% of their cost at resale.

This article can be found in its original form on MarketWatch.

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