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Posted by Ari Koufos on 5/19/2020

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You might think renovating a home is simple when budget isn't a factor, but when there are no limits, it's deceptively easy to become side railed. Getting off-track on a home renovation can be disastrous. You may end up with rooms that feel cavernous and impossible to fill or hallways that meander on, seemingly for miles. Worse, you might find yourself stuck in the middle of a renovation that never seems to end. You'll need focus and a plan to keep these situations from happening. 

Have a Definite Plan Before You Begin

It's important to have a plan and to stick closely to it throughout your renovation. This doesn't mean you won't opt for an alternate style of sink or choose different flooring. It means deciding what you're going to renovate and how long you want it to take. Have an overall design and a timeline for each element. And have an overall timeframe of when the work will be completed. Keep the momentum of the project going with incremental goals so you can measure progress. 

Act as Though You Have a Budget, Even if You Don't

It may sound unnecessary, but setting a budget is actually vital. Even if funds are unlimited, you should set a target for your contractors to operate within. The professionals who are working to help you with your remodel -- your designer, your contractor, and more -- need to have real, physical limits on spending. If you want to go all-in, that's fine. But you should still declare financial limits, even if it's only for your own peace of mind. 

Narrow Your Choices

When you can have everything your heart desires, it's easy to become overwhelmed with options. Sit down with anyone else who will be living in the house and talk through which features are needs and which are wants. It's great to incorporate both, but needs should always take precedence so that the final result serves you well. While you may have the budget for a home movie theater, do you have the space? And if not, where will you make the space? Will you sacrifice your finished basement, or will you add on a new level? Once you have an exact idea of what everyone wants and how you'll achieve it, it's time to approach a designer and a contractor. 

Exercising a little caution during an upscale home renovation will keep things moving along at an acceptable pace. It will also help keep you and your design team from becoming lost along the way. 




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Categories: Home improvement  


Posted by Ari Koufos on 5/14/2020


343 River St, Waltham, MA 02453

Condo

$899,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/2
Full/Half Baths
Amazing New Construction townhouse built by a Premier Waltham Builder located near sough after Downtown. This townhome offers everything that todays lifestyle has to offer. Bright & spacious first floor layout with large living room with gas fireplace with slider leading to a private exclusive use backyard. Gorgeous custom kitchen with center island and separate dining area completes the perfect layout. Top floor offers three spacious bedrooms which includes a master suite with large walk-in shower & walk-in closet. Laundry room on second floor. Lower level includes a nice family room & direct access to the one car garage with mudroom & additional half bath.
Open House
Saturday
May 16 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
No more than 2 groups in the home at the same time. Masks must be worn!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 343 River St, Waltham, MA 02453    Get Directions

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Posted by Ari Koufos on 5/14/2020


343 River St, Waltham, MA 02453

Condo

$899,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/2
Full/Half Baths
Amazing New Construction townhouse built by a Premier Waltham Builder located near sough after Downtown. This townhome offers everything that todays lifestyle has to offer. Bright & spacious first floor layout with large living room with gas fireplace with slider leading to a private exclusive use backyard. Gorgeous custom kitchen with center island and separate dining area completes the perfect layout. Top floor offers three spacious bedrooms which includes a master suite with large walk-in shower & walk-in closet. Laundry room on second floor. Lower level includes a nice family room & direct access to the one car garage with mudroom & additional half bath.
Open House
Saturday
May 16 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
No more than 2 groups in the home at one time. Masks must be worn!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 343 River St, Waltham, MA 02453    Get Directions

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Posted by Ari Koufos on 5/14/2020


28 Johnson Rd, Winchester, MA 01890

Single-Family

$998,000
Price

11
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This lovely split-level home situated in the sought-after West Side is a hard to find gem. An expertly planned 2005 addition adds to the classic 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath layout providing a stunning great room off the newly renovated kitchen featuring a Palladian picture window and access to two decks overlooking a charming and very private backyard.The traditional living and dining rooms offer a fireplace, pristine built in china and access to a breezy and bright three season room. The lower level boasts a generous fireplaced Family/Rec room with adjoining snack/kitchenette area, mud room,laundry room,walk in closet and a versatile home office or gym space. The convenience of an oversized two car garage and practical circular drive providing ample parking for family and guests are a bonus.In the Vinson Owen elementary school district which is an award winning "Blue Ribbon" school!Great room surround sound system, exterior security cameras and solid wrought iron 3 season furniture included!
Open House
Sunday
May 17 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Everyone must wear masks or will not be allowed in the house. No more than 2 groups in at one time. Please be patient & respect others space. Thank you.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 28 Johnson Rd, Winchester, MA 01890    Get Directions

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Posted by Ari Koufos on 5/14/2020


28 Johnson Rd, Winchester, MA 01890

Single-Family

$998,000
Price

11
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This lovely split-level home situated in the sought-after West Side is a hard to find gem. An expertly planned 2005 addition adds to the classic 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath layout providing a stunning great room off the newly renovated kitchen featuring a Palladian picture window and access to two decks overlooking a charming and very private backyard.The traditional living and dining rooms offer a fireplace, pristine built in china and access to a breezy and bright three season room. The lower level boasts a generous fireplaced Family/Rec room with adjoining snack/kitchenette area, mud room,laundry room,walk in closet and a versatile home office or gym space. The convenience of an oversized two car garage and practical circular drive providing ample parking for family and guests are a bonus.In the Vinson Owen elementary school district which is an award winning "Blue Ribbon" school!Great room surround sound system, exterior security cameras and solid wrought iron 3 season furniture included!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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