Remodeling Trends for 2016

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Laura Levine

Subject: Grey!

Glad to see the "beige phase" is finally dying. Love grey. It always looks fresher than beige.

We just replaced our gas-log fireplace with a matte steel gas insert, grey granite surround, and mantel shelf fashioned from crown moulding, stained medium cherry.

Donald & Amelia Crook

Subject: remodeling/color palette

We must have been ahead of the trend and didn't know it! We just remodeled living room, dining room, bath, utility room and office over the past year. Our color palette started with curtains chosen for the living and dining rooms: shades of grays and blues, beige, bronze and rust. It has turned out beautifully; we have mixed antique family heirlooms with newer comfort-oriented furniture. There is a definite cottage feel inside now, which is appropriate for our cedar shingle-style vinyl-sided Cape Cod. Even though it has been rather difficult living here while the remodel was ongoing, it was well worth it!

Pam Garrett

Subject: Yucky Beige

I couldn't help but respond to this one. I hate beige, need color. My newest wall color is a semi-gloss called "icicle" which is a very crisp very light gray. This will be my continuity color throughout the house. My grand-daughters' bedroom is accented with peach and apricot colors, my den is cucumber and my third bedroom will be a light lavender. Will renovate the one and only bathroom with light blues (will keep the tub but add rain shower head). May go with a striped accent wall in the living area with teal and a seafoam bluish color. Working my way through my Florida home the second time around, somewhat eclectic but it works for me.

Carol

Subject: Termite Resistant Floors?

Want to replace carpeting with wood floors. but termites are a local problem. Any sources for info on termite resistant products?

Kat

Subject: Gray/beige/greige

Gray. Beige. Greige. How boring and overused and so 1970s and 80s. Absolutely dismal and depressing. And, "greige" is not a new word. Greige goods are unfinished goods such as wool carpeting that has been woven, before it is dyed. Is this another band wagon "everyone who is anyone" feels he or she must jump on? Be yourself! Be unique! Buck the trends! That would be the way to be new and trendy.

GerryL

Subject: Ahead of my time?

I've wanted a gray-based pallet for years. Finally made the switch with a big remodel 3 years ago and now have gray walls, dusty rose accent walls, and slate gray bannister. Love it.
Current project (underway) is removal of old fiberglass tub/shower unit and installation of a tile shower. Decided I would be okay with no tub in the house. I understand others are choosing to go tub-less these days.

Roseanne

Subject: Enlarge master bedroom closet

I have two small closets in master bedroom, I would like to enlarge them by using the space in my living room, which is behind the closets. I need help in trying to figure out a good plan to organize how to accomplish this project

Jeff Eckes

Subject: Trends

Awareness about building codes prohibiting 'third floor occupancy' without fire sprinkler systems installation is critical. It used to be only for 'city' designations, but many municipalities of all sizes are implementing this rule. You building department will know the rules for your town.

Margaret Titchener

Subject: Remodels

I have two small bathrooms that desperately need to be updated. Very small, one on top of the other. I need estimates so I know what I'm getting into. Everything must go: chipped tub, nasty nasty shower stall in downstairs bath, ventilation fans needed in both. I need to carpet the downstairs also, which is a large space and includes stairs. Need to see how far my money will go.

Barbara Redshaw

Subject: Hallway laundry area

Stackable washer and dryer; drawers and shelving and area for hanging clean clothing for storage; and store clean folding clothes; area for detergents, etc. Drop down folding area and dirty clothes hamper and trash.

Priscilla Wright

Subject: Bathroom remodel, backyard redo

Plan to update an older (2006) builder grade bathroom by removing bath surround and replacing with tile and frameless shower door. New cabinet, counter top and sinks.

Also planning to redo backyard by adding more hardscape and removing/replacing existing landscape materials.

John

Subject: Projects 2016

This is the year we finish off the interior projects. Master bathroom, new cabinets granite countertops new glass shower door and lighting. This finishes off the bathrooms after the kitchen and the other bathrooms along with carpeting the whole house. In addition it follows a new roof with solar panels to reduce carbon footprint. I will follow that up with new flooring in the family room. Should be a fun year.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.