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Suddenly, Remodeling is Hot Again

Nationwide, studies show that homeowners who have been waiting for the “right time to remodel” are increasingly deciding that the time is now.

Home sales are up, so are housing prices …  and homeowners have remodeling on their minds, according to an April study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

The study reports that spending on remodeling was up 9 percent in 2012 over the previous year, and growth in 2013 is expected to be even stronger.

Kitchen looking toward eating area and Living Room

survey this spring of U.S. homeowners by Houzz.com and Edge Research shows that 53 percent believe now is a good time to remodel. Most of those who plan projects within the next two years say reviews are “very important” (81 percent) when deciding whom to hire, while just 8 percent cited “lowest cost option.”

Not surprisingly, bathrooms (28 percent) and kitchens (23 percent) are the rooms that most homeowners with remodeling plans are looking to upgrade.

Of course, even if remodeling feels like a safer bet these days, the buyer still must beware.

Kermit Baker, the director of the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard, said “contractors and subcontractors are having more difficulty finding skilled labor” to meet the increased demand. Also, he added, materials costs currently are unusually volatile and it is worth shopping around.

Our takeaway:

  • Check reviews and references on any contractor or design firm you want to hire.
  • It’s worth waiting for the right professionals for any job, large or small. Look for teams with low turnover. That’s a good sign of a well-run business and a happy crew.
  • Consider a design firm that offers project management. Not only does this help minimize headaches, it makes it easier to stay true to the original vision.
  • Planning is essential! Best not to start until you have that vision in place.

“Best of Houzz 2013” Awards: Thank You Clients!

We are honored to announce that for the second straight year, Haddad Hakansson has been selected for a “Best of Houzz” award. The “Best of Houzz 2013” awards were granted in two categories: “Design” and “Customer Satisfaction.” This year’s award was given in the “Customer Satisfaction” category and was based on a variety of factors,… Continue Reading

Project Reveal: French Country Kitchen

What a thrill it was to transform the original 1990’s builder’s kitchen into this elegant space!  Although the original layout worked, the island was small and awkwardly placed.  The style of the original oak cabinetry and Corian countertops didn’t fit with the style of the adjacent rooms in this open floor plan home. KITCHEN –… Continue Reading

Best of Houzz 2012

HADDAD HAKANSSON LLC of BELMONT, MA Receives  Houzz’s 2012 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award   First-Ever Survey & Analysis of More than 1.2 Million Members Reveals Top-Rated Professionals and Current Design Trends from Across the Country   Belmont, MA  —  March 20, 2012 – Haddad Hakansson LLC of Belmont, MA has been awarded  “Best Of Remodeling”… Continue Reading

Living in The Big Apple – Part 2

There is a thrill in acquiring multi-functional, beautiful pieces for the loft-style condo.  For example, take this Indonesian cabinet.  Not only is it compact and sports beautiful details, it serves as a bar and cocktail serving station. As you can see,  wine is stored below. But, the cabinet door is hinged on the bottom with… Continue Reading

Living in The Big Apple

Working in a smaller space is both challenging and thrilling.  We love to work in New York City and love to develop a space to its maximum potential.  There are many positive elements to this loft-style space:  new construction, high ceilings, ample storage, and walls of glass.  Ironically, while lots of windows are an asset, we… Continue Reading

Hear what they are saying about us!

“We have been working with Kurt and Mark for over 5 years on a variety of jobs, both small (carpeting in a bedroom) and large (total kitchen and bath renovation). They make it all so easy with their expert advice, “can do” attitude, and professional contacts. Every suggestion they make is backed up with research,… Continue Reading