In the current real estate market, fewer people are moving into new
houses, but one area is coming out ahead: renovation. Joe Angeleri,
chairman of the Remoderlor’s Council of the Home Builders
Association of Manatee-Sarasota, sees it firsthand. “People are
getting the message,” he says. “If you can’t move,
Whether you’re simply staying put or are one of the lucky
souls who captured a below-market deal, renovation can make sense, says
Angeleri: “People can spend a hundred grand on cosmetic redos and
still be below the market.” And of all the improvements, kitchen
and bath updates earn the most points for lifestyle and resale.
Goodbye, Game Room, Hello, Efficiency
A 2009 survey by The American Institute of Architects notes a
decrease in the desire for specialized game rooms, guest wings, home
theaters and three-car garages. Instead, homeowners are concentrating on
the basics, like kitchens and baths, and opting for energy efficiency,
low maintenance and convenience. Technology is still hot when it serves
those needs, whether it’s a refrigerator that cuts electric use or
a shower that conserves water at the same time it provides a powerful
“A lot of clients are paying more attention to the energy
rankings on appliances,” says Steve Ellis of My Green Buildings.
“We’re helping people understand their options in heating
water and water use, too.” Ellis installs solar water heating Water heating is a thermodynamic process using an energy source to heat water above its initial temperature. Typical domestic uses of hot water are for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and space heating. In industry both hot water and water heated to steam have many uses.
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