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Adding Value to Your Home With a Finished Deck

Adding Value to Your Home With a Finished Deck Are you looking to maximize your home’s value and add useful outdoor living space? If you are, you should consider installing a new deck. Creating outdoor space in a home when preparing to sell creates an appealing new gathering area in which potential buyers can envision themselves relaxing or hosting get-togethers where they can entertain guests. According to SFGate, adding a deck to a home offers a 76 percent return on investment when selling. Benefits of Installing a New Deck By installing a new deck, home sellers can significantly increase the value of their home, as well as the interest that home buyers show in it. This can make their home sell for a higher value and spend less time on the market before it's sold. Some of the many benefits of installing a new deck include: Attracting younger buyers. Maximizing buyer interest in the home. Increasing usable exterior square footage of the home.

Seven Products to Deck Out Your Exterior Projects

According to the latest AIA Home Design Trends Survey, 69% of architecture firms have reported an increase in designing a project related to outdoor living. As clients start to look for more luxurious designs in the backyards, remodelers need to take note of the new and upcoming products for “outdoor living rooms. ” BUILDER’s Mary Salmonsen reports on some of the new developments in composite materials, outdoor lighting, and outdoor kitchen features.

Protect Your Jobsite Crews From the Summer Heat

On a jobsite in Kingsville, Texas, in August 2013, a worker was mixing gypsum concrete in preparation for gypcrete installation on an apartment building. It’s not a particularly taxing job, but he was doing it in direct sunlight. “He wasn’t training or doing anything that involved a lot of lifting or climbing,” says Holly Webster, director of administration at Texas-based KWA Construction, which served as the general contractor on the job.

When It Comes to Siding, Looks Are Everything

Beauty may be skin deep, but when it comes to siding, at least, looks are everything. Google search “siding curb appeal” and help yourself to the roughly 1.5 million links on that topic, many leading to real estate agents' pages eager to point this fact out. But here’s the paradox: The people who own the house are usually in the house, looking out, not outside the house looking in. What they’re looking at right now is their kitchen, their bathroom, their boring den.

Make Sure to Avoid These Seven Scary Scenarios When Remodeling

Remodeling can be a long, stressful, tiring process, but it doesn’t need to be a dangerous one. You can prevent construction crises with these seven steps. 1. Know your utility lines – Some of the worst catastrophes come about when people mistakenly drill into utility lines. An easy solution to this is calling 811 a few days you before you start working—the operator will notify utility companies who will send you info of any gas, electrical or water lines. 2.