Play It Smart

This is not one of the JWH Construction Management Team working hard on this outside deck. But the JWH Team is busy on renovations of all sizes and shapes– from NY to CA.

Given the breadth of experience in new residential construction and home renovations, US News and World Report reached out to Jennifer Howard, owner and principal designer of JWH Design & Cabinetry, for insight into the upcoming trends for renovations in 2018.

The US News Real Estate Section published Maryalene LaPonsie’s “7 Home Renovations to Consider for 2018” on March 9, 2018. Specialists shared their insight suggestions for homeowners. Financial plans and cheap design tips from Jennifer Howard are there to help the vision. Nick Hodapp, an associate broker with Atlas Real Estate in Denver, shares his knowledge on smart planning. Also, Mike Kinane, senior VP of home equity for TD Bank, gave his insight on responsible renovations. Combined, the three specialists share how to save on style and plan accordingly for home renovations.

Planning is Key

Kinane adds that February is the month homeowners start to address financing for their renovations with their bankers.  This adds time to the overall project planning so factoring in these 30 days needs to be part of the project schedule.  He further elaborates on the future of home equity loans for renovations in 2018, offering reassuring advice for homeowners and investors, in the Miami Herald on January 17, 2018.

Unsure about whether to add on to your existing home?  Jennifer Howard says to think twice before bringing in the backhoe: “Working within existing space, as opposed to adding extra square footage to a home, has gained traction over the past few years,” she says. “It seems to be our biggest request right now.”  She believes this makes sense in terms of renovation timing, overall investment, and potential real estate tax increases.

Creative ideas for renovations that improve flow and function, overall aesthetics, AND add value to real estate are the expertise and passion of JWH Design & Cabinetry.  Check out other JWH Before & After projects.