Podcast Episode 87 — A Whole-House Remodel
Buying a house, ventilation, carpeting, paint, remodeling, built-ins, garages, humidity, attics, basements, and windows.
In this episode, show regulars Justin Fink, Brian Pontolilo, and Rob Yagid talk about the priorities they put on a complete home remodel of a typical 1980s dwelling. Before they get into the specifics, the guys lament the reality that what you do to improve your home seldom actually boosts your appraised home value. Except for front doors and maybe some solar energy systems. Rob and Brian then go on a bit of a rant on how hard it is to track down actual R-values and energy efficient details of homes that are for sale on the market — an issue of buyer education, says Brian.
Want to get the guys riled up when you see them at an open house? Make sure you ask vital questions like, “Does the house have good bones?” and “Don’t you want this house to breathe?” and “Where are the granite countertops?”
Getting down to the particulars, the guys debate preferences. Justin says he would tackle the kitchen and baths first; he also likes new wall-to-wall carpeting. Rob first looks to improve the big surfaces, like walls and floors, painting, maybe trim. Brian likes the idea of picking a single big project that affects the way you live in the house and tackling it — maybe the kitchen, living room, master suite, or outdoor space.
Note that none of the guys are putting much emphasis on energy efficiency, assuming there are no huge problems that need to be addressed first. And everyone agrees that built-ins, done right, are sweet. Rob has some thoughts on air quality, regarding which there are some links at the bottom of this page, just scroll on down.
The guys also discuss the true payback value of installing new replacement windows. #KeepStormWindowsAlive!
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Check out these links on air quality. The first three are from Martin Holladay at our sister site, Green Building Advisor:
- Ventilation Rates and Human Health.
- Designing a Good Ventilation System.
- Revisiting Ventilation.
- Jamie Lyons: 16 Ways to Improve the Air You Breathe.
Here are a few links related to this podcast:
- Structural Solutions for Small Bump-outs.
- Use coupon code GIFT20 at the Taunton Online Store.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
- #KeepCraftAlive tee-shirts make great holiday gifts, and the proceeds support scholarships for building trades students. So go order some shirts at KeepCraftAlive.org.