How To Make Sure Your Remodel Fits Your Lifestyle...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC NYS# 10491202097

According to a new consumer poll from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), 49% of homeowners consider outcome and design as the greatest determinant of project satisfaction. According to NARI National President-Elect Michael Hydeck, consumers want their design to cater perfectly to their lifestyles and how they intend to use the space.

As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have seen countless times how good design involves much more than customization of the home. Design work can bring multi-functional capabilities to a room -- like a kitchen that also serves as the family room -- or it can enhance the flow of the space by widening walkways and adding more access to the space from various parts of the home.

If you are considering a home remodel in 2011, make sure your remodeler works with you to get to the root of your lifestyle needs. According to Hydeck, many remodelers actually put their clients through special exercises to see how the remodel can best enhance their lifestyle, such as having them complete a questionnaire or take them on a walk-through of the entire home.

Hydeck also recommends, prior to starting a remodel, that you take a few days to take note of everything you do in your home and how you access it -- the paths you take, what counters or areas you place items on, where you sit most often to relax, etc. Being aware of these patterns will help make your remodel as successful as possible.

For more advice on remodeling, visit, or contact me. I can provide you with my recommendations for remodelers in your area. Be sure to forward this information on to any friends and family members who may also be considering a remodel.


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Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
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Remodeling was my dad's passion and my mother was an interior designer.  I saw how good it could be.  I have also seen horrors.

Jan 10, 2011 05:28 PM #1
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Absolutely an excellent post. Well written and to the point.

At this point in time some of the good custom level builders here are doing remodeling projects in order to stay busy. Good idea for them and my clients as well, because we already know what sort of work they can do.

Jan 10, 2011 05:53 PM #2
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

So true.  My mom is about to redo kitchen, so I brought in someone to discuss the layout and functionnality and she walked through each area.  Now, my mom can move on to picking out the cabinets and countertops.

Jan 10, 2011 09:13 PM #3
Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556
William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC - Tarrytown, NY
William Raveis Legends Realty Group

...remodels can become a nightmare if not planned and executed carefully...

Jan 11, 2011 01:27 PM #4
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