The Top 6 Seattle Home Renovations That Add Value and Living Space
September 28, 2022
If you’re like most Seattle homeowners, you’re always looking for ways to increase the value of your home. While many home renovations will do just that, they won’t all provide the same bang for your buck. This blog post will cover the top six home renovations that add value to your Seattle home while increasing your living space. So, whether you’re thinking about selling soon or just want to customize your home, read on for some great ideas.
1. Kitchen Remodeling
Your kitchen is the central hub of your home, and it sees a lot of traffic daily. Many homeowners shy away from kitchen remodels, fearing the overall cost and upheaval of day-to-day life during the process. They don’t consider the endless options that come with a kitchen remodel and the return on investment (or ROI) they’ll likely receive. A kitchen remodel makes it easy to build the space of your dreams with the precise color scheme, cabinetry, and high-end appliances you want. Many homeowners take this opportunity to reconfigure their kitchen space completely. This results in a more functional and stylish place to cook meals and make lasting memories. Some common elements that customers choose to include in their remodel are:
- Glass-front cabinetry
- Dual ovens
- Patio doors
- A butler’s pantry
Your designer will help you choose upgrades that match your unique lifestyle needs and tastes while staying within your budget. Best of all, you can expect over 50% ROI on a kitchen remodeling project.
2. Primary Suite Additions
Your primary suite should feel like an oasis, and the space should be equipped with features that make you feel relaxed and recharged. This type of home renovation is often the most rewarding of all, and your ROI will likely be over 50%.
A midrange remodel typically includes midrange products and materials, along with new finishes, paints, and fixtures to match your taste and style. Upscale remodels have high-end additions like specialty lighting, glass front cabinetry, and custom features like a beverage bar. Your designer will help you customize your primary suite to ensure that you choose a home renovation that adds value when it comes time to sell.
3. Second Story Additions
One of the biggest reasons people choose to move is that they simply grow out of their home. Often, people purchase small homes, and once they have children, it becomes evident that they need more space. If you’re already established in the community, neighborhood, and schools and don’t want to leave your location, a large-scale second-story addition might be the perfect solution. This type of home addition can add extra bedrooms, space for visiting guests, or a bonus room to give growing children a place to play and hang out with their friends.
4. Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs)
Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (or DADUs) are prevalent in cities like Seattle, where there is a great need for housing. These structures are built on the property, separate from the main house, and they typically consist of a sleeping area, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. DADUs have many benefits. They’re a great resource for families with aging parents who still want to live independently and are excellent for housing long-term guests. Many homeowners also rent out DADUs to receive additional income every month.
A DADU adds significant value to your home, and its ROI is high, especially if you rent out the space to generate income.
5. Basement Remodels
Basement remodels are popular, and many homeowners use this opportunity to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) for aging parents and long-term guests. Remodeling your basement can also be an alternative to adding a second story since this is often underutilized space in many Seattle homes.
The price of a basement remodel varies, depending on the state of your basement at the beginning of the process. If your basement is entirely unfinished — or if you don’t have one at all — you can expect the price to be higher than if you just need to update an existing space. Regardless of the cost, your ROI will be significant, especially when you add bedrooms and living space, which adds to the overall value of your home.
6. Outdoor Living Spaces
With outdoor living space remodels, your options are endless. Work with a designer to choose features that fit your lifestyle and create an oasis perfect for your family to enjoy. For example, consider adding an expansive deck, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit for entertaining, or create a relaxing atmosphere with a hot tub, gazebo, and pond stocked with koi fish. Your outdoor remodel will undoubtedly add value to your home, but even more importantly, it’ll add value to your everyday life.
If you’re ready to remodel your home or want to learn more about renovations that add value, contact us at Harjo Construction. We’ll be happy to help you build the space of your dreams.