Old Is New Again

During a recent kitchen/whole remodel project in Mashpee, I suggested to the homeowners that they replace the poorly constructed mantle that was twisting off the wall and ugly with a beam from one of the many mills that used to dot the New England landscape.

Ready for a new mantle....

Ready for a new mantle....

But first a trip to Cataumet Sawmill...

But first a trip to Cataumet Sawmill...

Wood shop at Cataumet Sawmill.

Wood shop at Cataumet Sawmill.

One of the many piles of old beams in the yard that came from mills and factories all across New England. 

One of the many piles of old beams in the yard that came from mills and factories all across New England. 

New  (old) Beam has arrived at its new home supervised by my Lab Assistant Sheba... 

New  (old) Beam has arrived at its new home supervised by my Lab Assistant Sheba... 

More to follow as we install this piece of history.

Remodeling Costs On Cape Cod

We frequently get inquiries about the cost of remodeling projects here on Cape Cod. Given that every house, project and homeowner is different, it can be challenging to provide a specific number without going through the process of looking at every aspect of a project which is time consuming. Design, selecting products and fixtures, calling suppliers and trade partners. Which can on average take about 8-12 hours on a small bath remodel!

Enter Remodeling Magazine , which is one of the best trade magazines for Remodelers and for the last 23 years, has undertaken the research, leg work and math on an annual basis on the costs of a wide range of projects. Below are some examples of projects that we extracted from their data. These are similar to projects that @design REMODEL has completed for clients across Cape Cod.

1. Basement Remodel  $66,675 2. Bathroom Addition  $40,753 3.Bathroom Remodel  $17,460 4.Minor Kitchen Remodel  $19,885 5.Major Kitchen Remodel  $58,982

For the most part, we have found that the project costs compiled by Remodeling Magazine are consistent with what we and others in the market are charging. While there is variation from project to project, the averages are right in line with reality.

In many ways, the costs of remodeling have followed a similar trajectory of the cost of purchasing a new car or truck. Costs have escalated as manufacturers add new features, use new materials and add higher labor costs, research and development and regulatory compliance, it all adds up!

It's not all unusual for a new fully loaded SUV to cost upwards of $60K much like the Major Kitchen remodel listed above at about $59K. Yet, after 5 years, most vehicles are heavily depreciated and you are ready for a new one. The kitchen on the other hand, is only one quarter into it's life expectancy of 20 years!

Note: The costs above are averages for New England and are for projects considered "midrange" in scope and cost.

“© 2011 Hanley Wood, LLC. Complete data from the Remodeling 2011–12 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com

Website Update and Project iPlanner in the Works

Apologies! Our website is a bit of a mess right now as we update it to improve it's relevancy and remove more of the clutter. We trying to follow the mantra of: less is more. We are also in the process of creating a remodeling iPlanner for anyone looking to remodel their bath or kitchen. It will allow you to really think about what you want your new bathroom or kitchen to look like. You will be able to organize your wants and needs for your project. We'll even include a handy contractor selection list to help you evaluate each contractor.

If you are interested in getting your own complimentary copy of our bath and kitchen remodeling iPlanner, send an email request to JSC@AtDesignRemodel.com and once it's completed, we will send you your copy.

Air It Out. From Remodeling Magazine

Nothing opens a space like more light and ventilation It seems that every old kitchen has a small window located above the sink. When homeowners think of remodeling, they usually consider new finishes and cabinets but stop short of moving walls or windows. But it’s worth convincing them that sizing a window as large as possible for maximum effect — even if it adds cost — is well worth it to open up their space and gain light and air.

If they worry about lost cabinet space, there are so many new options for undercounter storage that it shouldn’t be a problem.

—Dick Kawalek, a registered architect for more than 30 years, is founder of Kawalek Architects, in Cleveland; rck@rktekt.com