Here are three smart ideas from William Millholland of Case Design/Remodeling for those considering a small-scale renovation project.
1. Facelift on the front of the house.
Making a house more attractive from the street is an often overlooked project. Add a portico, shingled roof and columns ($8,000 to $15,000). Put slate or brick on top of your basic walkway ($3,000 to $5,000). Replace an old front door and embellish it with new hardware and new chimes ($1,500 to $3,000).
2. Cosmetic makeover of the kitchen.
Remove laminate countertops and put in granite or quartz, install a stainless under-mount sink and add a modern faucet ($5,000 to $8,000). Replace an existing floor with hardwood or tile ($3,000 to $4,000 for wood, $5,000 to $10,000 for ceramic or porcelain tile).
3. Closet upgrade.
Extra closet space is in great demand. Most people will trade some bathroom space for a closet. Outfitting an existing six-foot closet with shelves, hanging space and shoe racks is something that adds to the quality of daily life ($1,500 and up).