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After years of recovery, the U.S. housing market has come a good way
towards getting back on its feet. In fact, according to the Lubbock
Avalanche Journal, an estimate by the National Association of Home
Builders’ Remodeling Market Index has put the current remodeling market at
its highest levels since 2004. However, before you run out to Home Depot to
join the fray, realize that home renovation isn’t as easy as you might
think. There are some problems that can be expensive to fix if you don’t
know how to do it.

Adding a bathroom

The Journal, luckily, had some good ideas on how to solve some of the most
common renovation problems. For instance, adding a bathroom is a popular
renovation option and it has a good return on investment. However, it can
be difficult finding space to fit an additional bathroom to an existing
home where plumbing lines may be far from where you want it to be. One
option for making this work is to install up-flush plumbing. This works
when you want to add a bathroom to a basement with concrete flooring as
well. Up-flush plumbing will have a macerating pump which breaks up paper
and waste so that it can be pumped upward into the sewer system.

Letting in sunlight

People also like to have as much natural light as possible in their homes,
but some rooms are too large or have no exterior walls to allow for
windows. The solution: skylights. Not only do skylights help cut down on
the need for artificial light, they also provide natural sunlight which has
been proven to improve peoples’ moods and reduce instances of depression.
If the home has multiple stories and a room on the ground floor lacks
light, homeowners can look into installing tubular light which can bring
the light down through the upper story.

Hiding a door

Doorways pose complex problems—there has to be room left for a door to
swing open and closed and sometimes there just isn’t space. Another
situation is when a door isn’t needed often, or a swinging door would clash
with the decor. In all of these instances, a pocket door might be the
answer. Though generally beyond the skill of the average homeowner to
construct, pocket doors are relatively inexpensive and take almost no room
because they can be slid back into the wall.

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