Home Design Ideas: The Whole House Remodel

Before and after views of a whole house remodel on Cape Cod – plus a few items you shouldn't overlook in planning your remodel

There are many reasons a homeowner might choose to remodel an entire home. Perhaps you’ve bought a home that you love, but the interior design just isn’t your style. Maybe you have found you're an empty-nester and are ready for a lifestyle change or aging-in-place improvements. Or you’ve inherited a home or property that you love but needs improvement.

Remodeling a whole home can be daunting but deliver huge pay-offs. Before starting, it’s really important to consider what you really need and want, and what you can afford, to create the perfect home that suits your lifestyle.

Designing a home includes a number of considerations. Here are some that are often overlooked!

1.     Water. Before planning to add bathrooms, look carefully at your water supply lines and the capacity of your water heater. A smaller tank or one with lengthy recovery times may not meet your needs.

2.     Electrical. Take a really good look at your electrical panel. If it’s 100 amperes and every slot is filled, chances are that you're a prime candidate for a panel upgrade. Even if it's 125 or 200 amperes, added rooms and an updated kitchen will often require a panel upgrade. Remember, too, that code governs where panels can be located – and that means not in a closet. If you still have antiquated wiring, this may also be the ideal opportunity to run new wiring and ground all your outlets for increased safety.

3.     Light. Design your home for maximum natural light. Also consider what rooms will be sharing the south-facing wall. If your goal is to maximize natural light, then we would want the rooms with the most daytime activity to be along this wall. The two rooms most frequently used by a typical family are the kitchen and the laundry room. Not only are these two rooms most often used, the tasks preformed in the kitchen and laundry room need the most light. Design first for maximum light in these two rooms. You might also want to consider what rooms want the least amount of natural light. For example, having your TV room located where there is a lot of natural light might entice you to draw your blinds in order to avoid glare.

4.     Siding, windows and doors. A second-story or bump-out addition raises the question: Should you stick with the windows, doors and siding you already have, or choose something new? Your decision may be forced by structural requirements. If enough of your exterior walls need siding removed and plywood nailed on, it may make sense to replace everything. But if you have brick at the main level, you may want to use cement or wood siding at your addition. Window and door matching generally makes sense only if what’s existing is already in pretty good shape or is prohibitively expensive to replicate. The choice is unique to every home; consult with your contractor and architect on the best way to proceed.

These are just a few considerations that can mean the success of a home design project and highlight the value of hiring an expert to guide you through the process of mapping your needs and desires to a buildable home design that fits your budget.

Our recent whole house remodel on Cape Cod is a great example of how a home can be transformed. Here are some before-and-after shots of this project…. (see all before and after)


bathroom remodel before and after