Dallas Home Projects with Highest ROI | CandysDirt.com

If you’ve ever contemplated home renovations, the big question is usually, “How much is this going to cost me?” This is often closely followed by, “Will I get any of my money back from these projects if I sell my home?” 

There are tons of opinions on the Internet and TV about the best home renovations. General contractors and homebuilders know a lot, too. But return on investment (ROI) varies hugely region by region, and it can be hard to get a handle on the local situation. 

For an unbiased, third-party opinion of how much it really costs for a pro to do a typical remodeling projects — and a Realtor’s opinion as to how much a project will increase a home’s value if it’s sold within a year of when the work was completed — you can’t beat the annual Cost vs. Value report. For 30 years, this report has offered homeowners a resource for looking at ROI nationally, by region, and even down to certain cities. Dallas happens to be one of them. 

So what Dallas home projects will give you the most bang for your buck? Read on to find out. 


hardwood floors

Antique wormy chestnut reclaimed hardwood floors by Olde Wood Ltd.

Today, we’re starting a new occasional column called Getting Real About Renovations. We’re going to look at renovation realities for all sorts of projects, from hardwood floors and open floorplans, to master suite additions and kitchen upgrades. We’ll give you the unadulterated truth about options, costs, effort, Realtor opinion, and estimated ROI for these projects.  

Americans can’t get enough about home improvements, from reality TV shows to demand for renovations in properties on the market at all price points. In the first ten months of October 2015 alone, Americans spent $326.1 billion on remodeling their homes, according to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report.

Many homeowners wonder which will bring them the most happiness and get the best return on investment (ROI) should they sell in the future (or if they’re flipping a property!).

We’re starting this series by looking at hardwood floors in all their forms: engineered, solid wood, and reclaimed wood floors, as well as refinishing existing floors.

So are they worth the investment? In a word, absolutely.


The Troupe bathroom 3D Printed faucet by DXV. Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

So far, 2016 is promising to be a record-setting year for builders and buyers. So many great new innovations make it an exciting time to build and buy a new home. As a Lifestylist I’m always on the road looking for new trends, and we found some great ones at The International Builders Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. The one I’m most excited about though was 3D printing and how this can be used to build and design products for the home. (more…)

The Porch of Shame

See this? This is the porch of shame. I’ll start with the porch of shame because it’s my porch of shame, and it’s also the start of what will be a series of renovations and improvements on our cute little Midway Hollow home.

As we’ve talked about before, we have been weighing several schools, knowing we had a year or so before we really had to pull the trigger and put our house on the market and look for something else.

But then it happened. I had been driving around for a while and looking at every farking update Trulia and Zillow sent me, and couldn’t shake the feeling that we already had our house, and our school. Every house within our budget needed work. So does ours, only with the equity we have in it now, we can afford to make all kinds of changes.  And we really fell in love with Withers Elementary, but the only way we can really afford to live in its attendance zone is to stay put.