Updating and upgrading your home

Updating and upgrading your home

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Spring may be the time of year you consider updating, remodeling, or adding on to your home.  Maybe you're in the market for a new home.  Regardless, you likely have questions about best practices.

Ben Collins is the owner and founder of The Salins Group, a high-end home builder in Charlotte.  His company was also the featured builder on several episodes of "Fix It and Finish It" with Antonio Sabato, Jr. which airs on WBTV.

Collins visited WBTV News Sunday Morning to share some areas you might want to consider when updating your home this spring.  His advice follows:

Things to think about when remodeling:

Environmental/ Energy Efficiency Issues

Energy efficiency (new appliances, tankless hot water heaters, new windows/doors)

Whole house water purifying systems

Modernizing the floor plan

Opening sight lines

Creating "drop zones" for electronics and kid stuff (sports equipment, school stuff)

Creating flow for casual entertaining

Updating kitchens and baths (those rooms "sell" houses)

Energy efficiency

Larger showers

Fewer bath tubs

Heated floors

Creating a "smart" home

Built in USB plugs

Wifi connectivity

Whole house A/V

Security systems

New Home construction:

Situating the home on the lot to take advantage of environmental aspects (facing the east to catch most of the natural daylight to avoid higher heating and lighting costs.)

Building the house to really reflect how YOU live (more space dedicated to a hobby if that's your thing, larger living, and dining if you have lots of families, placement of storage to maximize efficiency and space)\

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