We recently decided to do some serious remodeling to our home. But before settling on the type of work to have done we went looking at other for some ideas. We used a Groupon to rent a car at a discount rate from National, and drove to some home improvement shows and stores. We collected a list of possible improvements, along with the names of some firms that might be good candidates to do some of the jobs we had in mind.
After visiting stores we began visiting homes for sale in one of the new planned communities. We saw a number of new homes, but we were really interested in seeing how designers laid out the central part of the house – the place where a family spends the majority of the time. This consists of the “family room” along with the “dining room” or “dining area” and the kitchen and breakfast nook or pantry. The more recent homes favor the “open” concept in which rooms no longer are separated by doors and walls but tend to flow together. While I appreciate this trend, there are times when you might prefer some privacy, like when you have a private meeting or when someone wants to entertain guests.
We next drove to look at some condos that are on the market near the lake. These places were really nice and a short drive from the center of town. They were nicely laid out though some seemed a bit small. But you had private access to the lake and the pool, and each unit had its own patio or terrace. After stopping for lunch we drove on to see a high-rise development that faced the oceanfront. I wasn’t impressed too much by it, despite its fancy name and high price. But we both appreciated the layout of the kitchen and living area, which made the best use of the limited space. From there we went to see a movie and then returned home, dropping the car off at National and going back to our house to compare notes and ideas.
Our trip resulted in a decision to completely refurbish our kitchen and dining area, and a subsequent visit to Home Depot for which we also had a Groupon. We contacted a firm that will redo our dining area so that the home will have a greater amount of living space. Renting a car when needed enabled us to save the expense of second car ownership and instead spend that cash to improve our home. I recommend that you look at other places prior to deciding what major improvements you select to have done to your home. You will find it an enjoyable and enlightening experience.