To Remodel or Not to Remodel. When Does It Make Sense?

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With more and more families and businesses moving to the state of Nevada to take advantage of its many tax benefits, our architectural firm in Incline Village, NV is fielding a lot of requests for more information about remodeling or buying a new home in Lake Tahoe or Carson City, NV.

Right here in Incline inventory is tight, and the real estate market is healthy.  With this noted, I thought I’d share some insight about the value of remodeling and some examples of what our firm has recreated over our 30+ years of designing and remodeling homes in and around the Lake Tahoe and Truckee market.

Buyers usually want something they can move into – especially during the prime buying season – which is summer in Tahoe.  With the region’s limited inventory, and the demand to live an active life in the High Sierra, we do suggest our clients take a good look at the property’s overall assets.

Up here at 6,000+ elevation, that usually includes the views of the Lake and surrounding forest and mountain views.

If the home is rather new, a fresh coat of paint usually does the trick for a little facelift.

If the home is established, we like to look at the entire structure – evaluating its windows to ensure they are Low E, HVAC capabilities, and overall design.  The latter of which is very important when it comes to snow load – and where the snow UNLOADS when the spring thaw arrives; this past winter we’ve seen our share of broken porch railings and buried driveways due to poor design.

One also wants to review the home’s ‘new owners’ and how the design may or may not be ideal for either a large family moving in, or a large home that now belongs to empty-nesters.  Our team at Borelli Architecture enjoys the opportunity to review our clients’ new purchase and offer solutions to best fit their lifestyle.  Some of the options may include the expansion of the kitchen, combining two guest rooms into an en-suite Master, refining the layout to move a downstairs bedroom to the main floor, or removing a pony wall to gain more space for a Great Room.

One of the most popular remodeling ideas for mountain homes is to recreate the existing patio into an outdoor kitchen and dining environment.

You can see a variety of examples of homes we have redesigned and remodeled in Tahoe and Truckee on our website.

And that is just the beginning of what one could or could not do to remodel a mountain home in Truckee or Lake Tahoe.

Another option of course, is to build a brand-new home.  There’s a beautiful new golf course community in Carson City – which is just over the hill from the Lake – that also offers access to a private facility on the edge of Lake Tahoe. You can check it out on my blog about designs for mountain golf course homes.  And, if you’d like a personal tour of Clear Creek Development, I’ll be more than happy to show you some of the ideas for mountain golf course home designs.

Contact me at our Nevada-based architect and interior design firms at any time.

James P. Borelli
Borelli Architecture
Lake Tahoe / Truckee


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