Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for 2015

For years now, the kitchen has been considered the most important room in the American home. Louisvillians agree!

If you’re looking for kitchen remodeling ideas for your next project, I’ve collected some of the best examples I’ve seen here in Louisville. Enjoy!

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas: #1 Complimentary Cabinet Colors

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Using different colored cabinets in your kitchen can really make a powerful statement as long as they compliment one another.

What used to be considered “too risky” is now becoming more and more popular here in Louisville. When homeowners are looking to make a statement with their kitchen remodel, many are going with complimentary cabinet colors.

Whether you use one color for the lowers and another for the uppers, or highlighting an island with a bold hue, Louisville is starting to branch out from our drab days of simply all oak cabinets with those all-to-familiar, boring pulls.

If you’re going it alone on your selections, make sure to bounce your color choices off a professional. It’s not worth the risk if the outcome makes the home difficult to sell with clashing cabinet colors.

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas: #2 Extending the Kitchen

Photo of kitchen remodeling ideas #2 with extending the kitchen cabinets
Whether you need more storage or not, extending the same kitchen cabinets into an eat-in space, butler’s pantry or even a formal dining room ups the style ante.

Extending the kitchen cabinets creates a larger feeling kitchen and one with more punch. To say nothing of the additional storage it affords. Just be careful to allow enough space for movement around tables or buffets.

This is a case where you want the same style and color of cabinets in order to make the entire space feel like one continuous unit.

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas: #3 Larger, Richer Backsplashes

Photo of kitchen remodeling ideas #3 with Larger, Richer Backsplashes
If the space allows, consider increasing the size of your backsplash up a portion of a wall to make a bolder statement.

If a little is good, then more is better, right? Not always. But, a new kitchen remodeling trend that I’m finally seeing in Louisville is larger backsplash. What was once only on HGTV, I’m now seeing in Lake Forest, the Highlands and all over our city.

Take advantage of a partially blank wall by making a portrait frame around the window above your sink or behind an oven hood. Everybody’s doing it!

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas: #4 Bold Lighting Choices

Photo of kitchen remodeling ideas #4 with Bold Lighting Choices
We have so many bold lighting choices these days, it’s a great opportunity to let your personal style really shine.

Lighting fixtures are not nearly the costly pieces they once were, especially compared to the price of custom cabinets. So allow in your budget some room to splurge a little with some fun lighting.

Today’s big box stores have a wider selection but for even more, go online for choices galore! It’s a sure fire way to add more light and style to any kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas: #5 Monochrome For Ultra Bright Look

Photo of kitchen remodeling ideas #5 with Monochrome For Ultra Bright Look
We all like “bright and airy” don’t we? What’s brighter than an all white kitchen with carrara marble?

The all white kitchen is making a comeback after years of the dark wood tones holding serve. Especially important in tighter spaces as the lighter color makes spaces feel larger, and who doesn’t like that?

Go with stainless steel appliances helps with some tonal excitement with shiny, metallic flair. This also gives you a better opportunity to bring in pops of color because everything goes with white.

Remodeling Your Louisville Kitchen

Please keep in mind that there are no exact numbers on what kind of return on investment any kitchen remodel might bring. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) conducts surveys from real estate professionals, which is a great start.

For a more accurate answer, consult with your Louisville real estate expert or if you don’t have one, give me a call. Always happy to help!

The best Louisville Realtor for you? Here’s how to pick!

This article has been updated from it’s original that ran on InsiderLouisville in November, 2010.

Pick the best Louisville Realtor for you

In any market, real estate agents are always looking for new clients. Most Realtors would love to work for you, but would you want to work with them? That’s the question.

I’ve identified the Top 4 factors to consider when picking the best Louisville Realtor for you. Or, since we’re in basketball country, let’s call these the Final Four of Realtor Selection.

1. How Trustworthy Is Your Louisville Realtor?

While this can be difficult to discern, having a trustworthy Realtor is the most important factor for your next transaction to be successful. You want an agent who’s going to work towards your best interests.

The best way to learn about trustworthy Louisville Realtors is to ask people you trust if they would highly recommend their Realtor. Notice I said “highly”? If they say something like, “Yeah, she was fine” that’s not necessarily a ringing endorsement.

You want someone who’s going to go the extra mile for you. If a situation arises where your agent has a choice between your best interest and their own, you want them to side with you. Top agents put you first!

There are also free Web sits like Yelp and RealEstateRatingz.com that give some additional insight into what past customers felt about their agent. Angie’s List is a subscription based site that also tracks ratings about all kinds of service providers, including real estate agents in Louisville, KY.

2. Does Your Louisville Agent Have the Right Expertise?

Louisville real estate has many facets.

Of course, there’s the difference between commercial and residential real estate. But even within residential, some agents focus a greater part of their attentions on being a selling agent and only work as a buyer’s agent on occasion. The reverse can also be true.

Then there’s relocation, property management, appraisals, interior design and, with the rise of distressed properties, short-sale and REO specialists.

You need to find the best Louisville Realtor for the real estate job at hand.

Are you looking to sell your Louisville home? Focus on agents that do a great job making sure your home is well staged, takes gorgeous photos (and plenty of them!) and then promotes your listing, not just on our Greater Louisville MLS but across all the major real estate Web sits.

Moving to Louisville from Chicago? An agent who has expertise as a relocation specialist understands the additional things that factor into your decision like good schools, reducing commute times, notifying the utility company, comparing property taxes and more.

The best Realtors are better equipped to make sure your cross-state move is a smooth one.

3. Match Your Personality with Your Louisville Realtor

City Livability Awards report cover graphic
It may not seem obvious, but it’s important for you and your Louisville Realtor to “get along.” So try them out over coffee.

Due to the nature of the business, you’ll likely be spending a great deal of time with your Realtor during the sale or purchase of your new home. Having a positive personality match is huge!

  • Do you want to get the know the person behind the job? Or, would you rather it remain strictly business?
  • Would you like the agent to notify you regarding every new piece of information, no matter how large or small? Or, would it be better if they only contacted you with the important stuff?
  • Old school and like phone calls? Or, do you prefer emails or even texts?

Being on the same page with your Realtor will make the potentially stressful process a lot easier to handle.

Have a sit down with any potential candidates and let them know you’re interviewing agents to find the best match. Good agents will appreciate your honesty and the one selected will put their best effort forward knowing you’ll be loyal to them throughout the process.

Ask if they use an agency agreement. If so, tell them you’d like to know exactly what it contains. That way expectations are understood from the start. Personally, I believe that agency agreements improve the real estate transaction and builds trust between both the agent and his or her client.

4. Best Louisville Realtor Will Have Experience

There are many measures of experience: years as a professional, years in real estate, number of homes sold, total value of properties bought or sold. All of these increase the Realtors knowledge base.

Most real estate transactions move along a predictable course. But if something unusual arises, does the agent have the proper experience to best handle that particular situation?

I believe many consumers incorrectly put value on an agent’s company. Whether an agent works for RE/MAX or Century21 has little to do with that agent’s ability to perform well for their clients. There are plenty of great agents that work for boutique real estate companies.

Experience alone does not a great Realtor make… but it certainly helps.

Conclusion

So who is the best Louisville Realtor? The answer, of course, is “It depends.” It depends on you, your needs and your personality.

I hope the information I’ve provided will help you identity which agent will make your next move a highly successful one.

Tre Pryor is an Internet-veteran turned tech-savvy Realtor. One of the top Louisville agents, you can find his work at InsiderLouisville.com, Louisville Homes Blog or follow him on Google+ or Twitter.

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Louisville Homearama 2015 Announced for Spring Farm Lake

Louisville homearama 2015 is announced. See photo of 2014 house.
Louisville Homearama 2015 has been announced for Spring Farm Lake off Wolf Pen Branch Road in Louisville’s East End.

With just a few exciting real estate events, is it any wonder that we get jacked up for Louisville Homearama? Or maybe it’s just me.

Color me psyched when I get the press release announcing Louisville Homearama 2015 for Spring Farm Lake. From the release:

Spring Farm Lake, off of Wolf Pen Branch Road in Prospect, has been selected as the site of Homearama 2015. The site will offer a potential 15 lots as part of the event next July 11-26th. Spring Farm Lake is developed by Signature Green Properties, LLC.

Many of the lots that are part of the Homearama section of Spring Farm Lake will back up to either a two-acre lake or a deed-restricted 12-acre pasture that is permanent open space. Lots are approximately 25,000 to 30,000 square feet and will be priced at $115,000 to $175,000 in this section.

As of this posting, nothing appears in our MLS for this neighborhood though according to the subdivision’s official site three lots are already sold.

For the full report on Louisville Homearama 2014 visit this link. It includes the largest photos of homes by some of best builders in Louisville.

You can always check out the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) website for information about past Louisville Homearama events or news about upcoming Louisville Homearama 2015.

Tre Pryor is an Internet-veteran turned tech-savvy Realtor. One of the top Louisville agents, you can find his work at InsiderLouisville.com, Louisville Homes Blog or follow him on Google+ or Twitter.

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Top 10 Home Improvement Projects for Louisville

Photo of the front door continues to be a leader in top home improvement projects for Louisville KY
The front door continues to be a leader in top home improvement projects for Louisville, Kentucky.

[The first time I wrote on this topic was in 2009, when I posted Top 10 Louisville Home Improvement Projects on LouisvilleHomesBlog.com. I’ve written several since. Here is the newest version for 2014 by top Louisville agent, Tre Pryor.]

It’s important to remember that the data used by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in this report comes from surveys. Sure, real estate agents are the one’s being surveyed, but it’s still their opinion about what kind of return a particular Louisville home improvement project might return in today’s market.

Even still, you won’t find better data because it doesn’t exist. These values represent the professional opinions of people who buy and sell Louisville homes everyday. In fact, I took the time to complete this survey. Not the most exciting way to spend an hour and 15 minutes but it’s good to give back, right?

On to the results!

The following home improvement projects are ordered by Cost Recouped. This data is specific to Louisville, Kentucky. Projects are divided into Mid-range and Upscale.

1. Entry Door Replacement [Mid-range] (steel) – Louisville 82.4%, National 96.6

There have been years where this number was over 100%. I feel that ranking your front door #1 makes a lot of sense, especially given that potential home buyers spend so much time standing right in front of it while the agent is removing the key to gain entry. Can’t miss project.
Average cost: $1,138.

2. Fiber Cement Siding Replacement [Upscale] – Louisville 81.5%, National 87.0%

Many times the value can be higher if the siding being replaced is in especially bad condition. If that’s the case, you’re killing two birds with one stone—removing the unsightly exterior and replacing it with something brand new and beautiful!
Average cost: $12,711.

3. Garage Door Replacement [Upscale]- Louisville 79.2%, National 82.9%

Sprucing up the exterior of your home doesn’t stop with the front door or siding, you can also make your garage the envy of the neighborhood with a new, upscale garage door. And, get a nice return on your investment to boot. The mid-range garage door ($1,468) comes in at 72.0% cost recouped, which isn’t bad either.
Average cost: $2,723.

4. Minor Kitchen Remodel [Mid-range] – Louisville 74.8%, National 82.7%

For years we’ve seen that Louisville home buyers value the kitchen above all other rooms in your home. Experts believe improving your kitchen will always reap some of the top returns. This NAR report divides Mid-range projects from Upscale projects. In this case, the Mid-range projects get a higher return than the Upscale project for Louisville.
Average cost: $18,211.

5. Window Replacement [Upscale] (Wood/Vinyl) – Louisville 73.5%/73.3%, National 74.0/76.6%

Replacing windows is often done in order to save value dollars when it comes to energy costs. Whether choosing wood vs. vinyl usually comes down to ease of maintenance vs. appearance. For Louisville, it turns out that appearance slightly edges maintenance with wood replacement windows beating out vinyl by the smallest of margins, .2%. Nationally, vinyl beat wood by 2.6%.
Average cost: $16,489/$13,186.

6. Grand Entrance [Upscale] – Louisville 70.0%, National 70.7%

A new category in this report is the Grand Entrance which means replacing a single door with a wider opening containing a new door and dual sidelights. Sure, it’s much more money but depending on your home it doesn’t have to be 7 grand and may return a higher value than 70%, closer to our #1 ranked Louisville home improvement project. Louisville homeowners should definitely price this out and consider this project.
Average cost: $7,239.

7. Major Kitchen Remodel [Mid-range] – Louisville 69.6%, National 74.2%

If you’re thinking about going upscale, think again. Unless you live in the kind of Louisville community that warrants only high-end finishes, the smart money is going mid-range where you can expect to get roughly a 70% return on your investment.
Average cost: $52,836.

8. Window Replacement [Mid-range] (Wood/Vinyl) – Louisville 69.9%/67.6%, National 79.3/78.7%

Not going upscale may be a mistake according to this survey. The results show that lower-end windows get you less bang for your buck than their upscale cousins. Again, wood replacement windows beat the vinyl but I’m not sure I agree. Consider that today people are busier than ever. Who has time to repaint the wood window trim?
Average cost: $10,511/$9,641.

9. Attic Bedroom Remodel [Mid-range] – Louisville 69.1%, National 84.3%

More square footage is good. Building up is cheaper than building out. If you’re lucky enough to have an unfinished attic with ceiling heights ready to accommodate comfortable living, it’s generally a smart move to finish out this space and add another bedroom or living space.
Average cost: $47,725.

10. Two-Story Addition [Mid-range] Louisville 69.0%, National 71.8%

Similar to completing an existing attack, building a second story on top of your first is certainly cheaper than building outward. I do question the wisdom of putting in more stairs when more of today’s Louisville home buyers are looking to reduce stairs in order to spend more time on one level.
Average cost: $151,378.

Other Notable Facts

Because I get asked these questions a lot, I want to include all the remaining home improvement projects with their Louisville cost recouped. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an email.

Mid-range Home Improvement Projects for Louisville

  • Backup Power Generator: 44.1%
  • Basement Remodel: 63.9%
  • Bathroom Addition: 49.3%
  • Bathroom Remodel: 54.9%
  • Deck Addition (wood): 60.1%
  • Deck Addition (composite): 51.5%
  • Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass): 66.0%
  • Family Room Addition: 59.5%
  • Garage Addition: 56.6%
  • Home Office Remodel: 31.9%
  • Master Suite Addition: 61.0%
  • Roofing Replacement: 54.9%
  • Siding Replacement (vinyl): 60.6%
  • Sunroom Addition: 44.5%

Upscale Home Improvement Projects for Louisville

  • Bathroom Addition: 51.2%
  • Bathroom Remodel: 54.9%
  • Deck Addition (composite): 50.3%
  • Garage Addition: 48.9%
  • Major Kitchen Remodel: 61.0%
  • Master Suite Addition: 57.0%
  • Roofing Replacement: 65.7%
  • Siding Replacement (foam-backed): 63.7%

Always happy to share which Louisville home improvement projects give you the most bang for the buck. If I can help you in any way, just ask.

Tre Pryor is an Internet-veteran turned tech-savvy Realtor. One of the top Louisville agents, you can find his work at InsiderLouisville.com, Louisville Homes Blog or follow him on Google+ or Twitter.

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Greatest Places to Live in America Picks Louisville!

Photo of Main Street in Middletown Louisville named a Greatest Places to Live in America
There’s so much to do outside in Louisville. From shopping to eating to playing and more, no wonder Outside magazine thinks Louisville is one of the greatest places to live in America!

It appears more and more are taking note of all the great things we’ve got going on here in Louisville, Kentucky. So great, they’re making lists of the Greatest Places to Live in America and Louisville came in at #8. Wow!

Who’s this “they” you speak of?

In this latest example, they are Outside magazine, that held a Tournament of sorts, where people voted for their city. You’d think population alone would help us best places like Duluth, Minnesota (Champion) but the publication also included a more objective, analytical component to determining the greatest places to live in America.

To determine how livable a city was, they developed the O-score which stands for Outside. Explained:

To develop our own Outside Score, we tapped a rocket scientist (seriously) to combine factors like number of outfitters, miles of trails, and number of bike shops—plus considerations like unemployment rates, median incomes, and, yes, an editors’-choice variable—into a single mathematical formula.

Here are their Top 10!

  1. Duluth, Minnesota – Total Votes: 221,350 / O-Score: 88
  2. Provo, Utah – Total Votes: 185,602 / O-Score: 80
  3. Minneapolis, Minnesota – Total Votes: 93,164 / O-Score: 81
  4. Anchorage, Alaska – Total Votes: 86,601 / O-Score: 83
  5. Ithaca, New York – Total Votes: 86,418 / O-Score: 89
  6. Asheville, North Carolina – Total Votes: 70,665 / O-Score: 80
  7. Burlington, Vermont – Total Votes: 52,743 / O-Score: 83
  8. Louisville, Kentucky – Total Votes: 47,271 / O-Score: 73
  9. Missoula, Montana – Total Votes: 40,530 / O-Score: 82
  10. Boulder, Colorado – Total Votes: 39,613 / O-Score: 91

Just wait until we get The Parklands completed and our O-Score should go even higher! For the full list, vist The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America.

So, do you think Louisville is great? After all, we are home to The Greatest.

Tre Pryor is an Internet-veteran turned tech-savvy Realtor. One of the top Louisville agents, you can find his work at InsiderLouisville.com, Louisville Homes Blog or follow him on Google+ or Twitter.

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Tour Louisville remodeled homes this weekend

Photo of a Louisville remodeled home for the Tour of Remodeled Homes by BIA of Louisville
The tour of Louisville remodeled homes is this weekend! Here’s a photo of one of the home’s fabulous interiors.

After Homearama 2014, the next event on the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (formerly the Home Builders Association of Louisville) is this weekend’s Tour of Louisville Remodeled Homes. From their website:

This year we celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the Tour of Remodeled Homes in Louisville. Each year the showcase has grown in popularity. The diversity in projects and the neighborhoods in which the homes reside this year, help to showcase the talents of our Registered Remodelers and the potential for existing homes across Louisville.

There are 11 remodeled homes scattered all over Louisville and you get get tour details by either picking up a color magazine from GLAR or by visiting the digital version of the Tour Guide.

Tickets are $10 with children 6 & under free and can be bought at any home but you may not take photos or video.

Here’s the full list of remodeled properties in this year’s Tour of Remodeled Homes.

  1. 1244 S. Brook Street – Complete renovation: historical preservation of 1900 Victorian-era Italianate style three story home
  2. 7410 Springvale Drive – Project: Kitchen Remodel
  3. 5909 Brittany Valley Road – Project: House Remodel
  4. 6129 Laurel Lane – Project: Existing Renovation & Addition
  5. 2323 Branning Road – Project: Whole House Remodel including new covered porch, custom kitchen, bathroom, dining room, foyer, living room and den
  6. 2107 Evergreen – Project: Whole house remodel adding on 10 foot on back of house and building a detached two car garage
  7. 702 Shady Lane – Project: Used existing square footage to add a laundry room and powder room. Complete remodel of kitchen with wall removal and creating a vaulted ceiling in new breakfast room
  8. 9506 US Highway 42 – Project: Remodel of existing house and large wing addition, complete rework of façade
  9. 315 S. Bayly Avenue – Project: Whole house remodel with new screen porch, cooking porch and deck
  10. 7804 Spring Farm Glen Road – Project: Garage Remodel
  11. 4112 Ormond Road – Project: Kitchen & Family Room Combination, new hardwood floors, new cabinets

So if you’re looking for Louisville remodeled homes to get new ideas for your own remodeling project, check out this great, local event.

Tre Pryor is an Internet-veteran turned tech-savvy Realtor. One of the top Louisville agents, you can find his work at InsiderLouisville.com, Louisville Homes Blog or follow him on Google+ or Twitter.

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PGA Championship Long Drive Competition at Valhalla

Dustin Johnson, JB Holmes, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson are likely competitors in the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition.
Dustin Johnson, JB Holmes, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson are likely competitors in the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition.

The PGA has really found a home at Louisville’s Valhalla Country Club. With the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition as an added perk!

With the PGA Championship just weeks away, Louisville is getting excited. So how does the Long Drive Competition work?

From the PGA:

During a practice round on Tuesday, Aug. 5, all players will be offered the opportunity to hit one tee shot from the No. 10 Tee. The ball will have to come to rest in the fairway to be eligible to win the Long Drive Competition.

Jack Nicklaus, who designed Valhalla, actually won this competition in 1963 with drive of 341 yards, 17 inches.

Now, if there were only more Louisville real estate opportunities that overlooked this beautiful golf course, I’d pack up my family and move yesterday!

Tre Pryor is an Internet-veteran turned tech-savvy Realtor. One of the top Louisville agents, you can find his work at InsiderLouisville.com, Louisville Homes Blog or follow him on Google+ or Twitter.

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Louisville locations to watch the US v Germany match

Photo of US Men's Soccer Team

Soccer has never been bigger! With US v Germany today to advance in the FIFA World Cup, excitement is high.

The United States soccer team is playing Germany today at noon and Louisville is ready! These locations have been announced for group viewing of the match.

• Fourth Street Live!
• The KFC Yum! Center
• J. Gumbo’s

I’m sure that all the Buffalo Wild Wing locations will have it on. What other Louisville spots do you know about?

Tre Pryor is an Internet-veteran turned tech-savvy Realtor. One of the top Louisville agents, you can find his work at InsiderLouisville.com, Louisville Homes Blog or follow him on Google+ or Twitter.

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Selling My Louisville Home, As Told by Memes


How to Sell a House, As Told by Memes

Funny stuff here! And only partially not accurate. *wink*

So, are you selling my Louisville home?

Tre Pryor is an Internet-veteran turned tech-savvy Realtor. One of the top Louisville agents, you can find his work at InsiderLouisville.com, Louisville Homes Blog or follow him on Google+ or Twitter.

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Big Four Pedestrian Bridge Is Open to Enjoy

Photo of the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge
The Big Four Pedestrian Bridge is now open for your walking pleasure! (COURTESY WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION)

Just in case you haven’t heard, the former railroad bridge (and eyesore) that connects Indiana and Kentucky has been converted to a pedestrian walking bridge. It was either that or tear it down which was even more expensive.

The bridge, built in 1895, is now a 1-mile walking and biking destination. Taking something old and making it relevant again, is something we all need more of and seems to be taking place here in Louisville, especially around the NuLu area.

Here are the Rules of the Bridge from the Louisville Waterfront website:

Not Allowed:

  • No pets
  • No skateboards/in-line skates
  • No motorized vehicles (scooters, mopeds, motorcycles, cars/trucks)
  • HOWEVER, personal mobility scooters and motorized wheelchairs ARE allowed

Allowed:

  • Service animals
  • Bikes of all kinds
  • Service vehicles (motorized wheelchairs, staff/security vehicles)
  • Kids – fun!
  • Dates – romance!

HOURS: Bridge is open 24/7. Park hours: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm

So there you go! Get out and enjoy the Louisville Big Four Pedestrian Bridge everyone.

Tre Pryor is an Internet-veteran turned tech-savvy Realtor. One of the top Louisville agents, you can find his work at InsiderLouisville.com, Louisville Homes Blog or follow him on Google+ or Twitter.

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