Remodeling home is all about transforming your humble abode into a 'smart home". Technological inputs and creative innovations have made it easy to restructure and add more functionality to your entire home, starting from the kitchen to all the bathrooms .Energy efficiency, health and security, sanitation, automation and all other areas of concern in your home can be addressed with the help of modern home modeling techniques and appliances.
Redesigning or remodeling home helps in the achievement of great savings, improvement in the quality of living and cost effective solutions. Some of the main areas that are touched during remodeling homes and the surrounding environment are as follows:
Energy efficiency & sustainability: There are a variety of energy saving devices available in the market in the contemporary times. While indulging in remodeling home, with the intention of reducing costs in the electric bills, it is important to conduct an energy audit and opt for eco-friendly and energy star products. Recycled goods that need low maintenance and installation costs are the popular enhancements for increasing the energy efficiency in homes today.
Smart home & home entertainment: The digital revolution has managed to bring technology into homes in a big way. The connectivity options, wireless based applications and devices, entertainment units and highly functional gadgets and appliances have made life very comfortable and easy. The master control panel in smart phones can help monitor and control many "smart home features".
Remodeling home takes care of the inclusion of these resources too.
Remodeling homes is getting priority over new house purchases. Faced with recession, the tastes of the consumers are also undergoing a shift. Being cautious with new constructions is the mantra now, as remodeling of homes catches on.
According to Moen, the top most faucet brand in the US, kitchen upgrades form a major chunk of renovations when remodeling homes. With the ongoing economic crisis the company made a survey to understand the behavioral pattern of consumers with a study on 1200 home owners and their remodeling activities and how they prioritize their remodeling. Jack Suvak of Moen says that the consumers are still reeling under the impact of recession in spite of improvements in the economy. According to a survey by Boston Consulting Group and Bensimon Byrne about 33 percent Canadians are feeling financially insecure. Based on the feedback, the group is trying to figure out how consumers are going about their remodeling homes projects.
Consumers are now carefully considering how much they spend on remodeling homes to what they really want. Now homeowners are remodeling homes in a planned way by undertaking smaller projects like refreshing rooms. In this way they ensure functionality as well as style. Prominent among remodeling projects are interior painting, gardening and landscaping and "remodel lite" concepts for bathrooms and kitchens.
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The increasing cost of every product has made it necessary to save energy as much as possible. For this many homes are being remodeled to save the energy consumption. Remodeling homes with energy efficient products is the solution to cut down your utility bills. Changing the insulation system, heating and cooling system, and also the lighting of you home can help in saving the energy. Also you can remodel your home by changing the windows and doors so that it becomes energy efficient. Here are some ideas which can be applied while remodeling homes to save energy.
Using external shading methods in windows like solar screening is a way by which heat can be reduced. Using overhangs and awnings above windows can also be helpful. These extend from the windows and act as good shades. The ventilation is also necessary and horizontal windows provide more ventilation.
Insulated attics are one of the best energy saving option. A proper heat barrier in the attic will help in reducing the effect of the heat.
Using energy saving appliances is a must for every home which is going for remodeling. Air conditioners which are older than 10 years should be replaced with new models which are designed to save more energy.
Other than these, fixing water leaks in bathrooms can also help in saving water thus reducing energy waste. Remodeling your home to make it a greener one will eventually help you not only in cost cutting but also in energy conservation of the world as a whole.