Creating a Great Room
It’s rare to watch an episode of Fixer Upper without seeing the crew tear down walls to create a huge great room. Sure, it’s trendy and the appeal of having an open and spacious living area is tempting, but you may regret it for reasons you didn’t think about, especially if a large island replaces the family dining table. “While the room may be very large, it doesn’t offer many options: It leaves the family with only one room to relax in, any mess is immediately visible and remains that way until tidied, there is no table where you can relax and enjoy a meal, and sometimes you don’t want to hear whatever the kids are watching on TV,” says Michele Morrison, a realtor in the Greater Bay Area of California. On the other hand, these are the home improvements that will double the value of your home. Plus: These are the most bang for the buck home improvement projects you can do this year.