We're remodeling again. Contractors report that our pent-up demand for renovation has homeowners back in the market for updated kitchens and baths.
Instead of moving into newer or larger homes, we're still staying put, but we've decided to reinvest in our current houses.
The national average cost of a mid-range major kitchen remodel is more than $57,000 and a mid-range bathroom remodel is more than $16,000, according to Remodeling Magazine's "Cost vs. Value Report" for 2011-12.
To assist homeowners who are interested in remodeling, MasterBrand Cabinets makers of Diamond, Omega, Thomasville and other popular lines launched a new website full of easy-to-use tools designed to help and inspire home makeovers.
Among the highlights:
Renovation budget calculator Helps customers set a realistic budget and understand all expected renovation costs including cabinetry, appliances, flooring and lighting.
Side-by-side cabinet comparisons Find the right built-in "furniture" for your kitchen or bath. Input your ZIP code and get a list of nearby retailers that carry the brands.
Remodel survival tips Simple solutions for common problems. Learn how to live through the renovation process with minimal fuss, including how to create a temporary kitchen space and which food items to stock up on for easily prepared meals.
Measuring help A how-to guide and checklist for measuring your spaces.
Green guide Some remodeling options are more earth-friendly than others.
Cabinet care Tips to keep your remodeled kitchen or bath looking brand new.
Find the remodeling tools, tips and more at www.masterbrand.com.