Renovators do more with less – homeowners keep makeovers simple and budget friendly

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“With real estate values still in the doldrums, people are seeing their houses less as investments and more as, well, homes. Since they’re staying put, they’re taking on targeted — rather than extreme — makeovers aimed at livability….  Home remodeling is expected to pick up and post solid growth  in the second half of this year, making 2012 the strongest year since 2006, according to a report Thursday by the remodeling futures program at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.  Driving the market will be midsize kitchen and bath projects, maintenance work and energy-efficiency upgrades…  Smaller master baths. Kitchens may be opening up, but many master baths are shrinking. “We’re doing away with spa tubs. We’re reclaiming that space for larger showers and vanities,” says Josh Baker of BOWA, a high-end remodeler in the nation’s capital. He says his clients now focus more on quality, timeless finishes and less on size….”

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