While remodeling can be fun and exciting, it’s important to remember that ongoing home maintenance is equally as (if not more) important and can help keep your home’s value from depreciating too quickly.


Keep trash can and kitchen sink as close as possible

Try to avoid putting your fridge directly next to a wall

Make sure there is space on either side of the oven door, if possible

Draw a line from sink, to fridge, to stove and it should be a triangle, when feasible


Choose appliances that are easy to keep looking clean

Reflective surfaces make the room look bigger

Energy efficiency is crucial (tankless water heaters, low flow toilets, etc.)

The brighter, the better

Living Room

Go hardwood when possible

Choose a large enough area rug

Install ambient lighting (dimmer switches, unique sconces)

Follow the rule of three: one small, one medium, one large


As much natural light as possible (with blackout curtains, if needed)

Reframe drafty windows

Focus on lighting (dimmers for reading, interesting lamps)

Add a sitting area, when plausible

Home Office

Choose lighting that won’t overheat the room

Position natural light so it doesn’t interfere with your computer screen, if applicable

Pay attention to how many outlets there are

Plan storage in advance


Open floor plans are timeless

Consider utility spaces

Wall off areas needing extra privacy

Consider a wet bar


Consider the resale value

Keep architecture consistent

New doors (including garage) can help insulate and save on energy costs

The roof is one of the most important aspects


Don’t force any features that don’t fit

Try to incorporate native plants

Keep plants a reasonable distance from walkways

Focus on an integrated look

Hiring help is always the safest option, be sure to shop around before choosing a contractor, as remodeling your home is quite an undertaking and a huge commitment on the part of the homeowner.