Malcarne Blog

Keep your old house, but get a new home

Sep 16, 2015 | Uncategorized

If the thought of weeding through your stuff, boxing things away, and having strangers traipse through your home makes you cringe, you’re not alone: Moving from one location to another is no small task and many times can be a long, stressful process. Still, if your home is no longer working for your family – whether it’s aesthetically or practically – it may be time to rethink your living spaces.

But there’s good news: Sometimes, the best way to get a new house is not by changing your address. At Malcarne Contracting, we know there’s a reason why you fell in love with your home, and we have the skill to make changes that keep you there – no moving boxes required.

Outside touches

What’s one of the most effective ways to give your home a facelift? Upgrade its curb appeal. It may be something simple: New windows, trim work and paint brighten up the façade, or trading in dated, dented or old vinyl siding.

Options such as brick, stone, Hardie siding (it’s made with cement but can come in nearly any color of the rainbow), wood or cedar – or a combination of these choices – can add charm, make your home stand out from the cookie-cutter vinyl masses, and last a lifetime. Already have a wood home? A fresh paint job takes the years off and leaves your home looking elegant.

Perhaps your patio or deck makes you cringe each time people peer out your windows: Say goodbye to cracks and splinters with budget-friendly composite decking material, and add safety and style with a new railing system. With Malcarne, your outdoors can truly be great.

Inside spruces

On the interior of our homes, we all seem to have “those” rooms: the ones we swear we’ll paint, or add a ceiling fan to, or finally put down hardwood floors in – but we want to wait until the kids are grown or we’re ready to list the house, or give it just “one more year.” Trust us, our number-one reaction from Malcarne customers remains the same: “I wish we would have done this sooner!”

Plus, small changes – paint, new flooring, updated hardware and lighting – may seem like they won’t make a transformation, but actually can add up to a whole new atmosphere inside your home. Tired of that stained, allergy-causing carpet? Hardwood floors add a cleaner, timeless elegance for years to come. Frustrated by a dingy-looking room? Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to make a home look brand-new. If your kitchen is lackluster, chances are good that simply repainting cabinets, changing pulls and knobs, and adding new lighting or upgraded countertops can make it look just as fabulous as any makeover-show reveal.

Best of all, leaving Malcarne with that laundry list of all the small jobs you’ve been “meaning to do” over the years means all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.

Re-imagined spaces

Sure, paint is great, but there are some rooms that may not work, regardless of color palette. But Malcarne has ideas for them too. If you drool over open floor plans, but live in a home of small, boxy rooms, your dream may simply be a matter of knocking down the right walls – at a fraction of the price of buying a new house. A cubbyhole of a bedroom can transform into a walk-in closet or master bathroom that increases your home’s appeal. That chef’s kitchen, open to the rest of the house – because, let’s face it, that’s where everyone congregates – may be possible by reimagining your current floor plan.

Hate your old, leaky bathroom that just doesn’t ever have enough space? Malcarne’s experts can take it from inception to reality, creating a newer look and layout, whether it’s with a claw-foot tub and subway tiles or quartz counters and frameless shower.

And even if you don’t know the latest in home-renovation lingo, or you’re just not sure what design or layout is best, we’d love to sit down with you and brainstorm. After all, we want to help you create the home of your dreams. The best part? You’re already all moved in.