Kids’ Room Remodeling for the Long-term

kids-200515_640Parenting is full of milestones, baby’s first words, the first day of school and sending them off to college among them. When it comes to transitioning from the nursery to a “big boy” or “big girl’s” room, it’s a better use of time and money to consider remodeling services that will allow your child’s space to grow with them rather than simple cosmetic adjustments. Think furniture that can easily convert from toddler to school-age or organization accessories that will get them from K – 12 with a minimum of chaos and misplaced items.

What to Consider When Remodeling the Kids’ Room?

One of the first things to consider about a remodel is what do you hope to achieve? Accessories can be changed and updated to reflect the individual likes of the child, but major changes should be adaptable for any age from little prince or princess to prom king or queen. Choose mid-tone or neutral color palettes that can bridge the transition as well as furniture than can be re-purposed once you’re at the empty nest stage. If the renovations are fairly inexpensive and easy to implement for someone who’s handy, you can do much of the work yourself. However, if you’re ripping out floors, expanding walls or adding electrical outlets, the job calls for a professional contractor.

Another consideration is how long you plan to live in the home. If you’re planning to move in five years or less, a full remodel less cost-effective unless you are adding features that will increase your home’s overall market value. These include floor coverings, recessed lighting, an added bath and any other feature that’s permanent.

How Much Should You Spend on a Kids’ Remodel?

For every project, there’s usually a cost-benefit analysis attached. If you have it in your budget to go whole hog regardless of ROI, then by all means, go for it. However, the basic rule of thumb for remodeling a kids room should be no more than 1.5% of the home’s total resale value before the renovation. It’s also a good idea to add a small financial cushion to cover any last-minute changes or unavoidable substitutions for unavailable items or features.

The decision of whether to remodel or simply redecorate depends on several factors, including budget, long-range goals and the return you expect to get on your investment, both in terms of function and on the overall re-sale value on your home. If you do decide that a kids’ room remodel is in your future, interview at least three professional designers or builders. That way you can find one who shares your vision and can work within your budget without sacrificing the results.