We’re steeped in holiday thoughts right now, but spring is not far off. It’s time to think about remodeling projects that will prepare your home to go on the market or just give you more enjoyment.
Tod Chapman, owner of C & H Design Center in Belvidere, says it’s not too soon to start looking beyond winter and doing some measuring to get much-needed work done.
Soon, the rush will be on for people to start choosing plans, colors and materials for projects like finishing a basement, remodelling a kitchen or bathroom, or update flooring, he says.
To help customers get started planning projects, he suggests they begin with an idea of what they want to accomplish and have a budget in mind for the project.
From there, C & H can help in the selection of color, design, and layout to help you visualize what the finished project will look like and what changes will or won’t work in a designated space.
People also need to be honest about why they want to make changes. Is it for their own pleasure or for making the house attractive for someone else?
“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.”
Colors are still trending neutral, mostly warm greys and whites; larger tiles and simple, clean designs rule.
With an emphasis on decluttering, people want the look of simplicity. This means storage options to get things out of sight are very much in demand, says Chapman.
For more information, visit the design center at 6506 Logan Ave., in Belvidere, or call (815) 547-8453. ❚