Top Reasons Why A Home Remodel Is Just What You Need In Your Life

by Stephanie Sylvester

Remodeling your home can be an overwhelming endeavor, but it may be exactly what you need in your life right now. You can turn your house into your dream home where the rest of your dreams can manifest. Remodeling a room will spark inspiration, creativity, and perpetuate new goals. At Modernize, we love to see homeowners find new life in their homes through simple DIY projects or major renovations. Need a little push out of your remodeling comfort zone? Here are the top reasons why a home remodel is just what you need in your life.

A Happy Home


Don’t waste another year with items that you don’t love or that don’t serve you well. The very trendy and popular book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo addresses the need to get rid of anything that does not “spark joy.” Many of my friends have been using this book to clean out their closets and junk drawers, but I believe this is a useful exercise when it comes to home fixtures as well. I am vertically challenged and find it a nuisance to drag my step stool around the kitchen for items that I use every day. My small DIY project for spring is to place a shelf that runs the length of all of my wall cabinets, so I can have easy access to items that I need every day. If you have a leaky faucet that multiple repairs have failed to fix, it’s time to upgrade once and for all. Invest in something beautiful and functional so that you are not annoyed every time you take a shower and have to jangle the fixture to turn it off. Simple fixes will improve your quality of life. There will be less time to grumble about inconveniences and more time to love the room that you are in.

You Need Space For Your Passion


If you have the means to make big changes this year, consider creating your dream space for your passions. If you love to cook, create the kitchen of your dreams. Are you a writer or an artist? Imagine an addition that is dedicated to your craft. Surround yourself with the tools and space that you need and watch your talent blossom in the most ideal environment. If you are not worried about distractions or inconveniences, you can focus on your hobby or your work. Sure, you can make do with what you have, but if it’s possible to truly love the space where you are performing your passions, your creations will benefit from your bliss. Put some work into your home now so you can pour your heart into your art, cooking, or other hobby later.

You Need To Sell


Maybe you can imagine your dream home, but it’s located somewhere else. If you know that you need to sell in the future, making renovations will help increase your home’s resale value, and also make it more enjoyable to live in until it’s time to go. My husband and I intend to do just that with our 1980s bathroom. I know that we eventually want to move into a new home in a different neighborhood. But this move is at least a few years away, and I don’t want to live with my outdated bathroom for that long. While my husband and I will not be spending money as if this is our dream master bath, we will be happy to retreat to a sparkling clean bathroom with modern cabinets and updated lighting fixtures. We are staying neutral and bright to appeal to potential buyers in a few years.

Remodeling takes a lot of planning, patience, and money, but you will realize that those minutes, deep breaths, and dollars were well-spent when you love walking through the door of your home.

National NARI Meeting In Austin A Success

The National NARI 2016 Spring Business Meeting was held in Austin from April 6th through April 9th and a grand time was had by all.

James M Spink, the owner of NARI member Bin There Dump That – Indianapolis has written up a great recap of the conference, which you can read here. One of our favorite parts is excerpted below:

One can’t visit Austin and not enjoy the night life and live music! A special thanks to the NARI Austin chapter for hosting a first class networking reception on Thursday night in historic downtown Austin. In addition to a wonderful spread of food and drinks all attendees were mesmerized by the entertaining and comical Spazmatics band. This networking event was another excellent opportunity to speak and mingle with other chapter executives and their wonderful members!

Austin NARI was honored to host this event and we greatly appreciate everyone who attended!

5 Home Improvement Projects to Consider in 2016

by Kaitlin Krull

There are so many benefits to owning your own home, the least of which being the freedom to complete home improvement projects however you like, whenever you like. Of course, with such freedom comes great responsibility, and even greater choices. If you’re struggling to choose from your list of remodeling projects, let us help you decide. Here are five of the top home improvement projects that will help you and your home stay up to date (and on trend) in 2016.

Open Up Your Home


If you’re itching for a significant remodeling project, consider opening up your living space. Channel Chip and Joanna and give your home a Fixer Upper style remodel by breaking down non load bearing walls and creating a large, open plan area in your home. We particularly love the idea of an open plan kitchen and dining room area that will bring the heart of the home, not to mention your family, together.

Remodel The Kitchen


For tired, outdated kitchens, choose an on-trend remodel like one of Forbes’ list of 9 Kitchen Trends to Watch Out For in 2016. From muted tones to high-tech kitchens (think hidden charging stations in your work surfaces, integrated lighting systems, and smart appliances), this list has it all. At Modernize, we love clean, traditional kitchens with perfectly placed details (think stylish Scandinavian simplicity). If you want to kill two home improvement birds with one stone, bring your kitchen and living areas together by knocking down adjoining walls and updating your kitchen with a large, functional island with seating.

Restore Fireplaces


While it might seem like the wrong time of year for a fireplace project, it’s actually perfect if you want to do a large scale remodel or installation of a new fireplace, which will substantially increase the value of your home and offer a sustainable heating source for living spaces. For a less costly but equally fun DIY project, upgrade and restyle your mantel area with reclaimed wooden beams or stone, adding a bold modern art print or a few heirloom home decor pieces to complete your look.

Make Your Home Smarter


Bring your home fully into the 21st century by installing smart thermostats and/or other home automation products such as integrated HVAC, lighting, and security systems throughout the home that allow you to access and change preferences even when you are away from home via smartphone and tablet applications. These kinds of high tech products may cost you initially, but are more than worth it in the long run in terms of energy savings, decreasing bills, and convenience with regards to home connectivity. The best part about these kinds of systems is that they are usually very straightforward to install and are fully functional within minutes.

Repaint A Room (Or Two)


Never underestimate the power of a coat of paint. If you want to change the look and style of your home without knocking down walls and completely renovating rooms, a simple paint job with quality materials will instantly do the trick. Stay up to date with the latest color trends, which include jewel tones, neutrals (make sure to offset the lack of color with bold, bright home decor accents), black, and even white (Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2016 is Simply White). For something completely different, consider the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016, which are an intriguing and subtle combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity, or pink and blue to the less artistic homeowners among us.