When it comes to homeownership, buyers in Regina are faced with the all-important question: should they remodel an existing house or build anew? Some people might already have a favoured choice and while others are sitting on the fence on what to do. Each option has its benefits and is ideal under certain conditions.
With over 30 years of combined experience in home construction, design, and remodelling, the professional team at Leenan Homes offers our take. If you’re torn between remodelling your home or building a new one, this article will help you come to a conclusive decision!
Remodelling a Home
The difference between a home and a house is the memories that are held in every room of a home. By walking through your home, you can recall events that can cause you to laugh, cry or simply shake your head in fond embarrassment.
Memories or not, one’s taste and preferences change over time. For example, you might consider changing the kitchen of your home or remodelling the garage into a family den to better fit your current needs.
Remodelling your home comes with a number of advantages:
- As mentioned, you get to retain your home that is filled with memories
- It’s a cheaper option, compared to building a new, custom home
- With small changes, such as the installation of a ducted air con system or a solar panel, your home can be more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly
- Remodelling can deal with the issue of physical deterioration/wear and tear on the structure as well as on utilities/amenities
When remodelling homes in Regina, it’s best to have access to the original building plans. The type of substructure/foundation will determine whether your remodelling project is feasible, or if it will be one that will compromise its integrity. If it’s the latter, it would be cheaper and safer to demolish and rebuild.
Another consideration for remodelling is if your home is located in a historical neighbourhood. Much of the neighbourhood’s charm (and also the value) is tied to the architectural style. This is something you might not want to lose. Remodelling allows you to maintain the old charm of your house and integrate newer finishes, fittings, and utilities.
When you look around your home, do you get the feeling that it’s the ideal look, save for a small defect? Maybe you need to change the floor finishes, the set up of the living areas, or the fittings to the bathrooms. If this is the case, we recommend you consider remodelling.
Leenan Homes’ attention to detail and sound workmanship are well-known in Regina. You can rely on us to help you plan renovations and transform your home, increasing its resale value while also meeting your needs and that of your family. Contact us to learn more about your remodelling route!
Building a New Custom Home
It goes without saying that this option involves thinking about every single detail of your house. Due to the technicality of construction and home development, you may find yourself out of your element in one area or another.
It will be important that you have an experienced and reliable team like Leenan Homes by your side. Collaboration with our developer, interior designer and architect will be crucial for your new home to meet the image in your head.
Having chosen this option, we know that most homeowners have unique ideas that they want in their new home. We make sure to place a high priority on these particular ideas and ensure they are incorporated as well as they can be in the final plan.
Constructing a new home offers homeowners several benefits:
- Incorporation of new technology and smart home devices
- Since everything is new, you can expect minimal maintenance and repair costs in the future
- The sky is the limit in terms of design. You can choose almost any layout that meets your preferences and needs
In most cases, those who consider building a new custom home prefer bigger homes than their previous ones. This would mean a bigger parcel of land. Being a new location, there are a number of issues that need to be considered.
The first question would be, “what is going on below? Can the soil and sub-soil handle the new development?” There’s also the issue of topography, climatic conditions, and the occurrence of natural disasters. You wouldn’t want your new home to be located in a flood plain, for example.
It’s recommended that you request the services of an experienced property professional. The experts at Leenan Homes have such knowledge at our fingertips.
While you might have a vision of your perfect, new home, that image may not fit the construction and building codes. We stay on top of any and all property-related laws and provisions. Our team’s advice may prove crucial in determining the best new home option for you and your household.
Is there truly a better decision? The choice to either remodel your home or build a new one from scratch is dependent on several issues. Financial goals, the size of the family and the availability of lots in the neighbourhood are just some of the factors to consider. A homeowner’s individual situation and tastes will also determine which option is better.
For a customized remodelling or custom-built home, there is no better company for the job than Leenan Homes. Our team of professional architects, construction experts, designers, and real estate gurus specialize in delivering tailormade solutions in Regina.
Contact us today and let us partner up in bringing your dream home to life!