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Front Page - Friday, May 10, 2019

Projects to reenergize your home

As the residential building and remodeling industry celebrates National Home Remodeling Month in May, many Chattanooga-area homeowners are taking steps to transform their current property into a personal oasis.

Remodeling your home can pay off, not only in comfort and enjoyment but also by improving the value of your home.

Improve your home’s exterior

The color scheme of your home’s exterior and cleanliness of your yard make a big impact on curb appeal. If needed, consider installing a new garage door to give your home a facelift.

Your front door also makes an important first impression. A fresh coat of vibrant paint, window trim or siding is a simple way to create an inviting look to your home exterior.

Garden centers offer tips on plants that will thrive in our local climate and in some cases free design services. A mixture of different colored plants and heights will enrich the look of your yard.

If your home walkway is cracked or dated, replace the path with new flagstones and outdoor lighting. Adding a fountain or water feature is another way to take your lawn to the next level.

Renovate your kitchen

A modern kitchen is not just a space for cooking. Kitchens are a central hub for home entertaining and sharing meals. A professional remodeler can make recommendations on finishes that will boost your home’s resell value.

Your remodeler can also provide you with advice on what to consider when replacing countertops, cabinets, flooring and appliances. For example, energy-efficient appliances are among the popular features homebuyers seek out when purchasing a new home.

Not all kitchens need a complete overhaul. Replacing dated lighting fixtures, faucets or sinks makes a difference. Other design upgrades, such as new window treatments, cabinet hardware or a fresh coat of paint, can also spruce up your kitchen.

Bathroom improvements

Cosmetic updates to a bathroom might be as simple as replacing dated fixtures and lighting. You can also freshen up your bathroom by regrouting tile or removing and replacing caulking around the tub and sink.

White tub, sink and toilet color is a popular choice in bathrooms for homebuyers, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders survey.

Adding a fresh coat of paint, similar to your kitchen or home exterior, can make a difference in brightening up your bathroom. A professional remodeler can also add storage with cabinets or shelves.

To learn more about remodeling or to find a remodeler in your area, visit the online membership directory of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at HBAGC.net.