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Interior Design: Remodels With The Best Resale Value

Wondering what remodel projects will be your best investment? Here’s what the experts are saying.

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1.  Cost vs Value Report from Remodeling magazine  Click here to look up their informative report on popular remodeling projects by state.

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2.”3 Recession Home Remodeling Trends Likely to Stick Around” by U.S. News.    I find it interesting that the number one trend listed is a mother in law suite as part of a new addition or basement remodel because I’ve noticed more extended  families moving in together to make ends meet or as a way to keep parents out of a retirement home.   Of course the suite could also be used for grown children who are without jobs or for a nanny’s quarters.  And while you’re on their site, check out their “5 Best and Worst Home Remodeling Projects” which rates attic bedrooms as one of the top choices!

When I’m asked as an interior designer about creating a separate suite, I recommend placing one where there’s an outside entrance when possible so guests or live-ins can come and go as they please like a walk out/walk up basement, house addition or as a separate building on the property such as a cottage or first floor carriage house for aging in place.

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For more great information on remodeling, don’t miss Living Large this Sunday at 10AM CST on News Radio 98.1FM and 980AM KMBZ (also streams live on kmbz.com) as I interview former HGTV host and interior designer Michael Payne as he talks about trends along with other experts, plus hear from ex Kansas City Chiefs player and hall of famer, Nick Lowery.  And if you can’t tune in Sunday, catch the podcast on www.livinglargeshow.com next week.


And if you want great tips and ideas for bathroom design, don’t miss the DIY host of I Hate My Bath, Jeff Devlin on Living Large with Karen Mills this Saturday at 10:30AM on Kansas City’s new KMBZ Business channel on 1660AM.

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