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Home remodeling trending

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Look around you. Your house is your home.

But, maybe, just maybe... there's room for improvement.

More people are taking the plunge and deciding to remodel rather than relocate. For many, the reason is practicality. 

The great recession showed a lot of homeowners it's no fun to pay the mortgage on a McMansion.  Others, are looking to take houses with character and update them.

David Null is a licensed contractor. He's remodeling a Fultondale house built in the late 50s

"When the new construction slows down, that's when the remodeling and renovation picks up," says Null. "When they're doing a renovation or a remodel, most of the time, the bathrooms are small, the kitchens are small. They're wanting to condense the rooms that they have. Make less rooms, but make them larger."

When it comes to home remodels. Null sees this trend. 

"Most people that choose to do a remodel project, they like the location that they're in. They're comfortable in that location. They really don't want to move. So the option they have is to upgrade the house."

But remodeling isn't just for those who want to stay in the same place.

In Homewood, a house built in 1955, has been redone.

The kitchen, bathrooms and living spaces all updated. It's for sale. 

Realtor Mike Diuguid says remodeling can be a smart move for a homeowner, even if they aren't looking to sell.

"It's amazing, a lot of people will start out saying 'I want, this, this and this.' They may say, 'I want the new home, the new community,' but then they see a house like this one here and they're like 'this reminds me of the home I grew up in,' except it's really modern. This I what I want."
 
"Some people, it's just not the right time to sell their home. Or for whatever reason, they aren't in a position to sell. Those people are looking to update. They may have say, an older home here, but it can be a modern home on the inside".

 Diuguid says 'empty nesters' are looking to downsize, making these older but modern houses a popular choice.

That's put several McMansions on the market.

 "Use to be, everyone wanted that 5,000 square foot houses or "dream home", you don't see that much anymore. It's more 'what do I need' and 'what do I want'. They may want the big kitchen, big bathrooms, living area, but they don't need those extra four rooms that nothing is ever put in," says Diuguid.

 David Null says you don't have to look far, to see what turning old into new can do. 

"There are some areas in Birmingham that flourish with this. The Homewood, the Crestline areas of Birmingham. You see those houses that are 50, 60, 70 years old, and they're completely renovating those houses," says Null.
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