Making the Decision to Renovate

Making the Decision to Renovate

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Adrienne Breaux
Sep 24, 2010

We discuss how to live with less stuff or how to fit more stuff (organized and good-looking) in less space, on Apartment Therapy. Sometimes, circumstances require more than just smart organizational ideas, and a household must decide if renovations or an addition is the next step.

Renovations can be as small as tearing out an old, out-dated kitchen and replacing it with a more modern look, or can be as big as rerouting doors and walkways to improve circulation. And a growing family and no desire to move could make you face the decision on whether to add another room to your house.

We've certainly seen a number of inspiring renovations on Apartment Therapy that were finished for lots of reasons. Some favorites are: Kimberly's Renovated Loft, Ivonne's Gutsy Renovation and Jenika and Robert's 1944 Bungalow Renovation. That's why we're so excited for this year's Austin AIA Homes Tour and the emphasis that many of this year's tour homes have on renovations and additions. We'll enjoy seeing how different homeowners and architects approach the issue of wanting to improve the home you have rather than build new.

Are you currently facing a decision on whether to renovate, add an addition or just improve your place slightly? What factors are going into making your decision? Have you recently completed a renovation with mixed results (either not completely liking the finished product or feeling like it didn't make much of a difference)? With the time, sweat, money, blood and tears that go into a renovation, your stories could help someone facing a similar house renovation/addition decision!

Some Apartment Therapy renovation resources:
Tips for Escaping from Kitchen Renovations
A $1527 Budget Kitchen Renovation
Sources for Small Bathroom Renovations

(Photos: Jonathan H. Jackson, Jenika Kurtz)

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