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Here’s The Difference Between a Renovation And a Remodel

  • July 26, 2022

If there’s anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s that a dream home wasn’t built (or purchased, or designed) in a day. As more and more homeowners are grappling with a competitive real estate market, limited resources, and major material delays, doing anything to improve our homes—or find a new one—can feel like a serious pipe dream.

If you’ve decided to sit tight on your property and put in a little sweat equity to make it the home of your dreams, you’re not alone. According to the 2022 U.S. Houzz & Home Study, 55 percent of homeowners anticipate taking on a renovation this year, a trend that shows no sign of slowing down. Here’s the thing, though—while you may be using the terms “renovation” and “remodel” interchangeably, there’s actually a distinct difference between the two when it comes to industry speak, and the more you can decipher what it is you want, the better you’ll be able to communicate with any contractors, architects, and designers you hire.

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In this Nashville kitchen renovation, Studio Dearborn designer Sarah Roberston relied on well-worn brick and bespoke cabinetry to transform an already functional layout.
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So, what is considered a renovation?

Plainly speaking, most pros consider a renovation to be cosmetic improvements to a space that don’t involve changing its intended purpose. This could constitute a range of projects, ranging in budget (and impact) both big and small. Take a kitchen for example; a renovation of the space may include things like painting or replacing cabinetry, upgrading the countertops, or even installing new light fixtures. There’s no denying these changes can have a serious impact on how you live in the space—they can even increase your equity in your home. That being said, you are not changing the overall

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Home Remodeling Services Deliver Multiple Benefits For Property Owners

  • July 10, 2022
Home Remodeling Services Deliver Multiple Benefits For Property Owners

A trusted Boston contractor can make homes safer, comfortable, and more valuable.

Unite Contractors proudly provides bath and kitchen remodeling services in Boston, and basement finishing. With over 25 years of experience creating positive results all over New England, homeowners can rely on the professional services offered at highly competitive rates.

Home remodeling is an excellent investment for many reasons. It increases the overall comfort and livability of the property, often lowers energy bills, and can reduce annual maintenance costs. 

When individuals or families undergo lifestyle changes, a home renovation accommodates their current and future needs. If a kitchen is easier to use, people spend less on restaurants and dining because they have the tools to make meals at home.

Home renovation projects boost the resale value, create more equity, and bring older properties up to code. Unite Contractors focuses on three critical areas of this equation. 

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Kitchens provide one of the most essential spaces in the home. It’s where families gather, friends mingle, and meals get made. Depending on the setup, it could be where homework gets finished or people play games together.

If a kitchen doesn’t adequately serve individual needs, investing in a remodeling project makes sense. Not only will it become a better space to use in the home, but it also pays the homeowner back with equity or value gains.

Here are some of the benefits that often come when our clients invest in kitchen remodeling services in Boston. 

1) Save Money. When homes are stuck with inefficient or outdated appliances, lighting, and fixtures, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to pay more in utility costs. If a kitchen is more than ten years old, the cost savings that come from water- and energy-efficient designs could cut those expenses dramatically

2) Sell

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8 things an interior designer can do for you and your remodel

  • July 8, 2022

Anyone who has ever built a home or launched a major remodeling project knows how time consuming and stressful it can be to get through planning, design and construction. 

Homeowners must make hundreds of decisions, and many of them are expensive. Those not familiar with the world of construction may even feel like their contractors are speaking a different language.

A good interior designer can help with those decisions, says Houston designer Cassandra Brand of Cassandra Brand Interiors, a speaker at a recent Access Design event, co-hosted by the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Design District.

A cowhide rug stitched into a geometric print sits beneath a custom table designed by interior designer Cassandra Brand. The walls are painted Sherwin-Williams “Peppercorn.”

A cowhide rug stitched into a geometric print sits beneath a custom table designed by interior designer Cassandra Brand. The walls are painted Sherwin-Williams “Peppercorn.”

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Brand talked about the designer-client dynamic and how designers can be a voice for clients. She offered these eight ideas for the role a designer can play in a construction, remodeling or decorating project.

1. Represent you

Brand, like other designers, begins projects getting to know clients to understand how they use a room or a home. Knowing even small details can help with ideas for a more functional kitchen or a bathroom that has everything in the right place. When a designer can make a home reflect its owner’s personality and lifestyle, the homeowner is likely to be happier with the finished product, she said.

2. Guide decision-making

Homeowners are expected to choose flooring, wall tile, hardware, cabinets appliances and even know where they want every electrical outlet early in the construction process. That doesn’t even include the myriad decisions made about furnishings, decor and paint colors.

Brand said that she and her peers

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