IT ALL STARTS AT THE CURB Everyone knows the value of a first impression. But Michele has learned that landscaping the front and backyard of your home can generate a much better return for your renovating dollar over the average return on other popular renos you might consider.
Increasing your curb appeal can be as simple as adding containers of brightly coloured flowers. Another idea would be to add a low maintenance garden for blocks of colour and texture. Also, consider a simple water fixture in the back yard to add ambiance.
THE KITCHEN IS THE HUB
Ever wonder why "kitchen parties" naturally occur every time you have guests?
Well, it's because the kitchen is the hub of every home. It's where we get nourishment, refreshment, gather and regroup after a busy day. It is a room with real value for every family. Michele knows that kitchen upgrades can really deliver, a higher return on investment.
Whether you're working with a contemporary kitchen or more of a country feel, stainless steel appliances continue to hold a lot of interest. In cabinetry, look at fine-grained maple, stained or natural, over the traditional heavy oak look of the past. Laminates and marble are great choices for countertops, but granite continues to be the most popular surface of all. Check out the latest fixtures in today's new, brushed nickel finishes.
REKINDLE YOUR PASSION FOR LIVING
Nothing beats the feeling of curling up around a fire on a cold winter's night. Not to mention the comforting feeling of hearth and home that a fireplace adds to a room.
Gas fireplaces have made huge advances in popularity thanks to recent increases in efficiency as well as advances in design. A gas fireplace delivers the best of both worlds - all the comfort without the mess and maintenance.
DISAPPEAR IN YOUR PERSONAL SPA
Today's stress-filled world leaves us all crying out for rest and relaxation. Michele appreciates that making your bathroom the best it can be could generate a better return on investment than the average renovation.
The goal should be to create a spa-like environment in your bathroom by installing a soaker tub with relaxing jets, or perhaps a new steam shower stall.
GREAT IDEAS UNDERFOOT
Great looking floors are a strong feature of any home. It often makes all the difference.
Start by ripping out that dated wall-to-wall carpet. Then, sand your existing floors down and refinish them, or choose one of the many easy-to-install and affordable laminates now available. A darker stain gives an elegant, yet up to date look. Use area rugs to accent and ground the space.