Remodeling a Home is often driven by basic needs, such as adding space, replacement of worn material or modernizing the look of your home. Once the decision to remodel is made, what more should be considered beyond the basics?
As Tony Robbins said “By changing nothing, nothing changes.”, So you decide to heed his advice and make a change. You choose to change that basement from a storage room to a recreational room; or add an addition to the house for extra bedrooms; or merely replace the worn out old look of your home. So, now that the decision to take on a remodeling project has been made, what more should we be asking ourselves that we may be forgetting.
Some other things to consider are:
As Baby Boomers approach retirement age, many people are looking for a design solutions to make their homes more easily accessible. Perhaps a spouse uses a walker or wheelchair or has difficulty opening cabinets and doors.
The primary goals of Universal Design in a residential home are: easy access and safety. However, this design style also provides plenty of open space and functionality for everyone.
Even if your family is not at the stage of needing Universal Design in your home, this consideration can be valuable when reselling the home in the future.
LEED Guidelines (Daylighting)
Adhering to LEED criteria and attaining a level of LEED certification offers many environmental, economic and even health benefits.
The LEED is a certification system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification is available in four progressive levels, Green, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Points are earned based on the degree of adherence to the LEED standards. The number of points earned determines the level of LEED Certification the project receives.
Even if you do not follow the guidelines closely to attain the certification, the guidelines are still very helpful. Everything from using sustainable building material to the type of water filtration, and HVAC systems can save money on operating and maintenance costs. You will also be reminded to use daylighting design to bring in natural light to living areas. This can save you money on lighting and heating costs.
Energy Tax Credits
According to TurboTAX “Taxpayers who upgrade their homes to improve energy efficiency or make use of renewable energy may be eligible for tax credits to offset some of the costs. As of the 2015 tax year, the federal government offers two such credits: the Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit and the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit. The first credit is good through 2016; the second was due to expire after 2014 but has been extended through 2016. Claim either credit by filling Form 5695 with your tax return.”
The Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit applies to energy efficiency improvements in the building envelope of existing homes and for the purchase of high-efficiency heating, cooling and water-heating equipment. You can find more information on this tax credit at Energy.Gov.
The consideration of responsible design is a combination of the other considerations. Responsible construction is considering environmental impacts and sustainability in the design of your remodeling projects.
This may be as simple as installing water saving shower heads. Or using the Daylighting design as part of LEED considerations to reduce the need for electric lighting.
These considerations may go beyond the initial goals of your renovation project. However, it is good to take them under serious consideration. In the end, they may save you money and even add resale value to your home, while providing you the peace of mind that all things were considered in your home remodeling project.
Consult a professional construction company to discuss your home remodeling design. At Veri Construction, we have our own showroom. We are able to show you customized options specific to your situation. We work with clients and subcontractors, while utilizing state of the art 3-D computer generating drawings along with architectural plans for successful project delivery. We can help you get on your way to a newly renovated home.