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Reduce, Reuse, and REAPPRAISAL!

ConsciousBuild has long been proud of our dedication to thinking outside of the box for our clients. We believe in the CB-3: environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable projects. Many of our clients ask about the economic side of this principle, and one of our recent residential remodels is a great example of how our design-build team is looking out for our clients’ economic sustainability.

Late last year my business partner Matthew called with an interesting project that came across his boards. A couple on the peninsula in Long Beach was looking to remodel their three-story home. After a quick analysis of the home and how the couple wanted to live their life our team found a few things to maximize their remodel.

1) We moved the kitchen from the first floor to the third to maximize the views.

2) The kitchen area on the first floor was turned into an additional room next to the existing first floor bathroom.

3) A Jack-and-Jill bathroom was added between two of the three bedrooms on the second floor.

4) The laundry was moved from the garage to the second floor next to the master bedroom.

These seemed to be the most logical choices to not only help improve our client’s lives, but also to improve the re-sale value of the home. And sure enough (??) – the client reappraised the home a few weeks ago and found that their remodel improved the value of their home by almost double! This comes in one of the biggest increases in the real estate market in California since the crash in 2008. According to the California Association of Realtors the median price of a previously owned house soared 33.5 percent last month across the state from a year ago.

So maybe it is time to reconsider a remodel?

+ Andrew Goodwin
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First photo of the Long Beach Remodel!
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