Williamson County remodels blend classic style with modern materials


Williamson County remodels blend classic style with modern materials

JAY POWELL

When it comes to renovating and remodeling a house, bathrooms and kitchens typically get all the credit – and deservedly so. However, there are always new trends cropping up that stretch beyond kitchens and bathrooms. Homeowners are finding their houses not only look and feel better, but are also cutting costs over time.

As much as we take pride in the homes we live in, they all need a little sprucing up from time to time.

When it comes to renovating and remodeling a house, bathrooms and kitchens typically get all the credit – and deservedly so. However, there are always new trends cropping up that stretch beyond kitchens and bathrooms. Homeowners are finding their houses not only look and feel better, but are also cutting costs over time.

You shouldn’t have to walk into a room and think that everything would be just fine if only the walls were a different color, the old chairs replaced or if that years old carpet were ripped up and fitted with something a little sleeker. Things go out of style and it can be a worthwhile experience discovering just how much is possible these days when it comes to doing a remodel.

Bringing back the “classic” look

If there is one thing that springs to mind for most people when talking about a traditional Southern home, it’s the front porch. Before television, 24-hour Wi-Fi access and the modern conveniences that keep many of us indoors or in solitude, porches were the social center of the household and they are coming back in a big way.

Recently, more homes have added porches to the exterior. While not only dramatically changing the home’s value and appearance, it’s a way to bring families together away from the TV, neighbors are more social with one another and it brings to light that classic look so many strive to achieve.

“We are seeing an interest in the ‘classic’ look,” Tammy Vetter McKinney, of Superior Custom Homes & Remodeling, said. “We did a front porch remodel in Brenthaven that was completed in June, completely transformed the look of the house.”

Classic doesn’t just mean recreating what was popular before, but using modern methods while retaining some of the original materials and creating something new.

“The sort of modern farmhouse is a huge trend,” Eric Ross, of Eric Ross Interiors, said. “That whole idea of vintage is really popular where they sort of take old things with ‘chippy’ paint, but then mix it with sort of an industrial edge with some steel.

“A big thing I’ve seen on a lot of homes lately are doors mounted on the outside of the wall versus being attached with a hinge and they put a big sliding rail on top or they hang on more of a track. So it’s that mix of sort of a modern loft, but with vintage materials.”

For colors, white is currently the most popular, as well as cooler blues and turquoises, mainly cooler tones that offer a more relaxed setting versus the warmer reds and yellows.

“More cooler colors, neutrals, not warm or hot colors,” Ross said. “White is ridiculously popular right now, everybody loves that. But also the light blues, turquoises, blue just continues to trend very popular.”

Many homes are going green

Saving on energy costs is music to any homeowner’s ears and now there are more practical and useful ways to do it. By installing an automated LED lighting system that picks up movements, you not only cut usage, but LED bulbs do not need to be replaced as frequently.

Large windows and sky-lights offer natural light during the day. By installing fiberglass doors and windows, you can save up to five times the energy of a wooden one.

“They’ve just gotten better at making these faux materials look real, so now you can get fiberglass doors with a wood veneer so you can stain them. That’s very popular,” Ross says. “I would also say thermal heat and cooling systems. I’ve had several clients update their HVAC to that versus a standard four-stair unit.”

Although updating the HVAC unit is cost-effective over time, it’s a process that takes several years and you should be prepared to pay a little more upfront.

“It’s very expensive upfront, but they feel like over time the costs of heating and cooling their house was significantly less,” Ross says. “Although it does take at least ten years to recoup the price difference. So you really need to make sure you’re going to live in the house for a long time before you would want to invest in something like that.”

Other cost-cutting tips

With any remodel project, budget is the most important thing on a homeowner’s mind. Sometimes a job that could potentially cost several thousands of dollars can be done with a simple paint job.

When updating or replacing old furniture, one cost-effective option is to reupholster the old furniture with new materials rather than shelling out the money for new ones.

Another thing to keep in mind is the location of appliances and outlets and how expensive it can cost to move them. If you are thinking of moving the refrigerator, be prepared to move everything else with it.

“I would just say try to not move appliances or move the location of plumbing is always a cost saver. If you just go and do new cabinets, new appliances in their existing location, that’s a big money saver. You don’t have to call in people to move water lines and gas lines,” Ross said.

“But, you have to also think about how long you’re going to live in the house, sometimes it’s worth it to move those things if it helps with traffic flow and storage. I think that’s the biggest money saver when you’re talking about redoing a kitchen or bathroom, is just leaving the fixtures where they are or just changing them with new ones.”

About The Author

Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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