Why Would Someone Want To Remodel Their Whole House?
Or Why, Sometimes, Moving Isn’t The Right Answer
Location – Location – Location is pounded into the head of every realty agent on the planet. And there are few locations better than the Greater Sarasota/Bradenton area. But what if you already have the location? What if you had to settle on a less-than-ideal home to get the location you wanted? What if you love your neighbors, but your home no longer fits your lifestyle? Or what if you simply no longer like the look of your home but don’t want to leave behind that amazing view? Well, that’s where we come in.
What Is Whole Home Remodeling?
Whole-home remodeling can mean different things to different people, but the main thrust is that you want a new look to your home. The average home set for a full-out remodel is 20 – 40 years old and sits in a highly desirable location. The changes made can be as subtle as new flooring throughout or as major as “Let’s move the kitchen to the other side of the house.” But, almost always, the changes are made to make the home match the owner’s current lifestyle and taste.
Why Not Just Move?
You might wonder why these people don’t just move to a house they like better? The answer to that question is as variable as the people who use our services. Outside of the fact that every stitch of desirable Florida land was bought up a long time ago, the most common reasons for not moving are:
- The view is just too good
- Deep ties with the community
- Couldn’t find a better property
People, in general, prefer the familiar, and nothing in life is more familiar than your own community. Moving away is a roll of the dice, and you just don’t know if a new neighborhood will work out as well as the one you’re in now.
So, if you have the option of getting a new house without moving an inch, why not remodel the whole thing?
OK, But Why Remodel An Entire House?
While it might seem drastic to some, there are good reasons for making wholesale changes to a home. The main reason we hear from our clients is that, for whatever reason, the home doesn’t fit the homeowner’s lifestyle.
One of our main sources for this type of work is the empty nester crowd. Their kids are all grown with lives of their own, and the house echoes with their absence. It’s a completely new stage of life and, often, doesn’t fit their home as it stands.
Another group that will remodel their whole home are folks who had to settle on a substandard home to live in their chosen community. They’ll often have saved a fair amount of their home buying budget on the purchase and want to spend the rest making the home into the one they’d hoped to find.
Other times the homeowners just want their view available to their guests, so they’ll ask us to move the floorplan around to create entertainment space around said view.
So What Can You Do In A Whole-Home Remodel?
With a whole home remodel, the sky’s the limit. We can alter your entire floor plan, removing non-load-bearing walls completely to open the space and even replacing load-bearing walls with ornate columns without harming the structural integrity of your home.
We’ve built detached garages for homeowners who needed to turn their attached garage into living space, and we’ve built additions for those who didn’t want to give up the convenience of attached parking.
Whether your goal is an updated look, accommodating a growing or shrinking household, creating an unobstructed view, or upping your entertainment game, we have the design-build team that can get it done with style to spare.
The Key To Doing It Right
The single most important step in any whole home remodeling project is the consultation. A lot of contractors rush this step because they have a cookie-cutter approach to everything they do. You get a handful of preset designs to pick from, and then they’re off to the races. That just doesn’t fly with us.
At Gilbert Design Build, our goal, above all others, is to enrich the lives of others. And how can we enrich your life if we don’t even know what you want?
So, we take the time to sit with you and find out what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to use the space. That last point is key. After all, what good is an amazing-looking space that flows so poorly that you can’t use it?
Once we’ve learned all we can, including what you don’t like about your home, we collaborate with you to create the perfect design for your whole home remodel. And with our fabulous 3D renderings, you’ll know exactly what you are getting.
If you are happy with your neighborhood but wish you lived in a different-looking house, contact us at Gilbert Design Build to schedule a consultation to learn how we can make your dreams come true.