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Angie's List Remodeling

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Are you looking for more room in your home to accommodate your family? You might think about remodeling. In today's Angie's List report, how to maximize and make the space work for you.

Remodeling a home can help you open up your home and create more space.

"The layout was very different within the same space that you see and we made the space more open to the family living area beyond, but that would be the main thing," says Lori.

"A lot of times we'll come in and we'll open up a wall in between two rooms. Usually a family room and a kitchen, and then we'll completely redo the kitchen and often make an island where that wall used to be so that it's all inclusive," says Patti Smith, a general contractor.

The best way to do that is tell the contractor what you want.

"You don't have to have all the answers, you actually have to understand what your needs are and be able to effectively communicate them to a company like ours," says Geoff Horen, another general contractor.

Remember, it's not a simple project, you can't just rip down a wall.

 

"Consulting with a professional, like a structural engineer, to make sure you're not taking out a load bearing wall, which could lead to disaster," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Get ready for the dust.

"We are going to make a big mess. We try to contain that mess the very best we can. Construction is not an easy thing and it's not an exact science. So we have to make some mess before we can get near the finished project," says Dennis Smith, a general contractor.

If you don't have the budget now for a large-scale remodeling project, there are small, yet strategic improvements that will create more space. You can create additional floor space by removing bulky bookcases and entertainment centers and replacing them with shelves and cabinets. An interior designer or decorator, even a professional organizer, can help you maximize the space you have.

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