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KNOWLEDGE CENTER: How to choose the right loan to remodel your home, make a large purchase or consolidate debt | Business

With so much talk around home buying and refinance rates driving the housing market this summer and fall, many want to capitalize on the low rates. Homeowners are choosing to make improvements to their existing houses to accommodate remote working and schooling, or other comforts to gain more living space.

There are great options for homeowners with projects of any size, from a small kitchen facelift to finishing basements or attics to make them livable areas. Other homeowners who have equity in their homes but don’t need to renovate may choose to consolidate debt or make a large purchase.

Are you looking to renovate your home? Happy with your home but interested in a boat, RV or debt consolidation?

Here are some financing options to consider.

Home Equity Loan

Looking for predictable, fixed payments and the flexibility to use your home’s equity in a variety of ways? If you answered

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HomeAid, Moriarty Construction donate remodel work for The Women’s Home


HomeAid Houston has formed a construction team to provide remodeling services to Barbara’s Place, one of several homes on the campus of The Women’s Home (TWH), a rehabilitation facility that addresses societal issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, poverty and crime. The project will provide demoing a 1,600-square-foot floor area that is a combination of wood and tile and installing new tile that has the look of rich, finished wood, and will last for years. Builder captain Matt Moriarty is working with his subcontractor Ralph Ortiz on the renovation.

“This HomeAid Care project for TWH is long overdue,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston. “HomeAid is excited to partner with Matt Moriarty and his subcontractors who will be joining the team, to provide a beautiful new floor for the main areas of the home.” HomeAid Cares projects focus

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4 Ways to Pay for a Home Remodel

As long-time DoughRoller readers may know, my husband and I went about our journey into homeownership in a slightly off-beat way. Long story short: we own a 2,400 square foot duplex in Indianapolis and have no mortgage. But we do have a significant amount of work left to do, nearly three years into the process.

Owning a fixer-upper has been a fun journey for our family, but it hasn’t always been easy. Besides not always having running water and never having central A/C, we’ve also had to figure out how to finance all the repairs our home needs.

I’m happy to say that we’re now well on our way. Soon, we’ll be closing on a mortgage that will allow us to pay contractors to finish the rest of the work on our home.

Going through this process has taught me quite a bit about options for financing a fixer-upper, too.

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Homeowners In Massachusetts: Tips To Remodel A Green Kitchen

Looking for ways to make your Massachusetts home more environmentally friendly? Read this guide and learn how to get started.

If you want to “green” up your home, a kitchen renovation is a great place to begin. With just a bit of planning, you can remodel and make updates that turn your kitchen into an environmentally friendly space that’s both green and stylish.

Value of a Green Kitchen

Even if you have a limited budget to work with, here’s why you should consider greening up your kitchen:

  • Cost-effective: Green remodeling is affordable. Many eco-friendly building materials are cost-effective.
  • Low-maintenance: Green kitchens focus on low maintenance and high quality, so over time you’ll spend less on repairs.
  • Energy-savings: Lower energy costs in your kitchen give you the benefit of long-term energy savings.
  • Health focus: A green kitchen remodel lets you create a healthy indoor living space for you and your family.
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Civic Center’s historic Freede Little Theatre to get full remodel

“It’s an advanced screening like they have at Frontier City,” said John Semtner, architect and principal with FSB. “They can do 2,000 people an hour with no more waving a wand on everyone who walks through the door.”

Long-awaited revamp

The multi-year renovation of the Civic Center — which started in December 1998 and was finished in September 2001 — was part of the original MAPs and originally was supposed to include the Freede Little Theatre. It wasn’t included on future MAPS ballots, and no funding became available before the 2017 bond.

“The MAPS 1 budget for the project in total ran over, so that particular scope of the project had to be cut, which was really disheartening, I think, to all back then,” Gray said. “So, it’s finally happening, which we’re super proud of because we always wanted to make that happen just to honor … the historical nature

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Tips for Kitchen Remodel Planning | Home Guides

Few remodeling projects are as gratifying — or as frustrating — as a kitchen renovation. Designing a new space is challenging, at best. And knowing that the results will be well worth it doesn’t change the fact that demolition and construction are disruptive. Ease the transition from drab old kitchen to beautiful new one by following a few basic tips for kitchen remodel planning.

Think in Terms of Work Zones

Most of use use our kitchens for a variety of tasks: cooking and cleanup, dining, work and homework, charging phones and media players, hobbies, entertaining. Due, perhaps, to the evolution of kitchen as the heart and brain of the home, the “work triangle” theory of kitchen design has morphed into a new theory that takes into account work zones — areas devoted to and designed for specific tasks.

Plan Enough Countertops

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How to Plan a Retro Kitchen Remodel | Home Guides

A retro kitchen remodel can be anything you want it to be, since retro just refers vaguely to something in the past. So you can do a 1930s farmhouse kitchen or a 1950s black and white design or a 1970s style with stained wood cabinets and still call it retro. Pick your era — maybe start with remembering visits to Grandma’s for cookies or for a holiday dinner, or think back to the first house you bought with what was then a stylish kitchen. Start planning when you’ve chosen a target.

Do Research

Watch movies from your chosen period to recall what was fashionable in the post-war building boom of the 1950s and 60s, the flowery look of the 1970s or the colored cabinet faces and tile countertops of the 1980s. Look at design manuals, especially from your era, and ask friends what they remember about kitchens of those years.

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Remodel Your Kitchen In Time For The Holidays!

A kitchen remodel is a smart investment in an older or outdated home.   While planning a kitchen remodel can be a major undertaking, the end result will provide you with a beautiful and functional space to enjoy for many years to come.   Here are 3 things to know if you’re considering a kitchen remodel in time for the holidays:

1.   A kitchen designer will offer ideas for functional improvements and beautiful design aesthetics.   “We’re knowledgeable about today’s trends for cabinet selection, design, and function,” explained Don Manning, Cabinet Design Specialist for Alexander Lumber.   “We work closely with you throughout the entire process to ensure the kitchen design plan meets all your needs and objectives.”   Manning recommends selecting the door style and finish for all cabinetry first, then choosing flooring, countertops, backsplash tiles, and door and drawer pulls.   If the project includes removing loadbearing walls, the architectural review process could take

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Top 10 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen | Home Guides

For many households the kitchen is the center of the home and the hub of activity. Remodeling the kitchen can be a major undertaking. It is not just the expense, but also the inconvenience to the household that gives many homeowners pause when considering such an undertaking. In spite of this, homeowners continue to find good reasons to proceed with a kitchen remodel. Reasons for remodeling vary, and your neighbor may not share your top reason for the project.


The kitchen might simply be falling apart. Cracked tiles, peeling countertops, broken or missing cabinet doors and outdated appliances don’t inspire gourmet cooking or family gatherings. The deteriorated kitchen has simply outlived its usefulness and needs a remodel.


Homeowners often remodel their kitchens to increase the value or marketability of a property. A remodeled and attractive kitchen will appeal to prospective home buyers more than a boring and outdated

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Checklist for a Kitchen Remodel | Home Guides

Remodeling your kitchen not only makes cooking more enjoyable, but also may increase the value of your home. Although the kitchen remodeling cost to home value ratio is not quite as favorable as it has been in recent years, the 2009-2010 Cost vs. Value Report, issued by Remodeling Magazine, showed that a minor kitchen remodel increased home value by $16,773, which is 78.3 percent of what the average kitchen renovation costs homeowners. Before you begin your kitchen remodel, be sure to set aside adequate time for planning and preparation.

Set a Budget

The first step to a successful kitchen remodel is to set a budget. Be realistic when you estimate renovation costs. According to the 2009-10 Cost vs. Value Report, a minor, mid-range kitchen remodel cost an average of $21,411, while a major remodel cost $57,215. For an upscale remodel, with luxury amenities such as custom cherry cabinets, stone countertops

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