Renovating an Older Home

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If you are planning on renovating an older home, you may wonder where to begin. Depending on your budget, your preferences and your needsd, there are a variety of projects, big and small, you can take on. We've highlighted some of the most popular older home renovations below.

Updating Kitchens and Bathrooms

Kitchen and bathroom updates are often first on the list for many homeowners to tackle. From knocking down walls to creating an open floor plan to simply repainting your cabinets, you can update your kitchen to reflect a modern style while still maintaining the charm of your older home.

Bathroom remodeling may include updating the plumbing or replacing the shower and tub depending on the age of the home. Again, you can start small with a coat of paint and a new vanity, or remodel the entire bathroom for a fresh, new look. A huge upside to remodeling kitchens and bathrooms is that it will increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers if you decide to sell.

Windows, Insulation and Heating/Cooling

Many homeowners are drawn to cosmetic updates first. But maintaining a comfortable, efficient home should also be top of your list. Again, depending on yoru budget, there are many heating and cooling options for older homes. A home built some time ago may not have a whole-house air conditioning system installed. There are several ways to approach this, and a Trane Comfort Specialist can walk you through your options. You may also find that the heating systems for older homes are inefficient and need updating. For best results, consider new windows and insulation to prevent drafts and keep cold air out in the winter and warm air out in the summer in addition to a new HVAC unit.

Quick, Low Budget Updates

Don't have the budget for a major overhaul? Start small. Replacing the hardware in your kitchen and bbathrooms will give it an instant, modern look without breaking the bank. You can also stop by your hardware store and pick up paint and supplies. Painting a room yourself will save you on the cost of hiring a painter and fresh paint can transform a room. Don't forget to apply fresh pain to the ceilings, too. New curtains or blinds and colorful accent furniture can also brighten a room.