It’s a Good Time to Plan Home Remodeling

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to think about remodeling projects that allow you more enjoyment in your home or get a house ready to sell.

Owner Tod Chapman of C & H Design Center in Belvidere says he does a lot of measuring this time of year as people look beyond winter in anticipation of getting some much-needed work done.

“People have recovered from the holidays, they’re getting their tax return checks, they’re tired of being indoors, and the Super Bowl is over,” he says.

So, for all those reasons, people are ready to venture out and start choosing colors and materials. They’re drawing up plans to finish a basement, remodel a kitchen or bathroom, or update flooring, he says.

To help people make their selections, C & H Design Center will have a booth set up at the 40th annual Rockford Home Show, Feb. 21-23 at the Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, Ill.

To help customers get started when planning projects, he suggests everyone begin with an idea of what they want to accomplish and have a budget in mind for the projects. From there, C & H can help in the selection of color, design, and layout to visualize what the finished project will look like and what changes will or will not work out in a designated space.

People also need to be honest about why they want to make changes, whether for their own pleasure or for making the house attractive for someone else, he says.

“If you’re going to stay in your own home and want to do something, just do it and get the enjoyment out of your redesign,” he says. “If you’re planning to sell in a couple years or less, you need to be more careful, especially if you want a return on your investment.”

Trendy colors are neutral, mostly warm greys and whites; larger tiles and simple, smooth, clean designs are popular. With the emphasis now on decluttering, people want the look of simplicity. This means storage options to get things out of sight are very much in demand.

For more information, visit the design center at 6506 Logan Ave., in Belvidere or call them at (815) 547-8453. ❚