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$20,000 for a home remodel, what would you spend it on?

  1. Kathryn S profile image61
    Kathryn Sposted 7 years ago

    My kitchen or master bathroom!!! I don't know what would be better, new cabinets and countertops or an enjoyable evening in the jetted tub...

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      cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      i would upgrade my kitchen and make it look all Ikea-ish.

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        sherry awadposted 7 years agoin reply to this


      2. camlo profile image88
        camloposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I'd prefer more Habitat-ish.
        Anyway, I live in a rented flat, so what would be the point of spending $20,000 on it?

    2. waynet profile image80
      waynetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'd convince myself that I needed a new home bar....right in the corner of my living room...it would look nice and I could be the bar maid and the paying customer too, it would be much fun like I owned a real bar or something!!

      1. Dame Scribe profile image61
        Dame Scribeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        We can come over and be da bar flys smile wink

        1. waynet profile image80
          waynetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Yeah, you'd all be welcome and some of the drinks would be some experimental cocktails of allsorts of alcohol...although I've been at the sauce already...can't see straight...gotta close one eye to see one of everything at the moment!!!!! lol! big_smile

  2. wilderness profile image97
    wildernessposted 7 years ago

    Kitchen and new carpeting.  The rest I'm pretty satisfied with.

  3. blondepoet profile image74
    blondepoetposted 7 years ago

    Oh the tub does it for me.It will save heaps on entertainment costs long term smile


  4. jonathan t profile image57
    jonathan tposted 7 years ago

    I'd get a kickass outdoor kitchen and hot tub. They're both fun, get you out of the house and add equity!! What more could you want?

  5. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years ago

    ..from an investment angle...the kitchen is the better choice.

  6. Pro Design Source profile image60
    Pro Design Sourceposted 7 years ago

    Kitchen is definitely a better investment, but a top of the line master bathroom is a close second. If everything in the kitchen works and functions the way you want it to, and you plan on staying in your home for a long time, go for the jetted tub!

  7. Diane Inside profile image80
    Diane Insideposted 7 years ago

    Bathroom definately, I'd make it much bigger, with a large tub, and seperate shower, Hey might even put  one of those tv's in the mirror. They are so cool.

  8. kennynext profile image73
    kennynextposted 7 years ago

    I would definately go for a new roof. Probably new steel roofing. It will outlast asphalt shingles and be a good home investment.

    1. GmaGoldie profile image79
      GmaGoldieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The steel roofs have improved - would you do the new faux Spanish tile or slate?  Or the original?

  9. ExpandYourMind profile image73
    ExpandYourMindposted 7 years ago

    Definitely, another bedroom with walk in closet and bath.

  10. Wayne Orvisburg profile image74
    Wayne Orvisburgposted 7 years ago

    As many have said, the kitchen. That is the one room that everyone spends the most time in. Supposedly.

  11. dras profile image63
    drasposted 7 years ago

    Kitchen, then living room, then master bedroom, then master bathroom, then lawn, then other rooms, then garage. I'd do it in that order.

    1. timorous profile image85
      timorousposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry, you're way over budget.  $20,000 might get you the first 3 or 4 items..if you're lucky. sad

  12. kerryg profile image88
    kerrygposted 7 years ago

    I need new windows. Some of the seals are broken, which is not good here in Continental Climate Central, and I want some that currently don't open to be able to open so the house gets better cross-breezes. My mom tells me that will probably cost 20 grand by itself. sad

    Give me 100 grand and I'd toss in better insulation, hardwood floors on the main floor, built-in bookcases, new siding, and a bigger deck in the back.

  13. Abecedarian profile image79
    Abecedarianposted 7 years ago

    Most definitely my kitchen. There are so many new ideas for kitchens today than there were 15 years ago when we built the house. I'd love a full working kitchen..no table in my kitchen, just lots of cabinets and ovens.

  14. austinpainting profile image54
    austinpaintingposted 7 years ago

    Arent you supposed to say the kitchen and master bath?  I would put it toward a man cave- pool table, flat screens and much more!

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    Tilecleaninghubposted 7 years ago

    Definately a sun room addition with a hot tub.

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    Stuck in Orbitposted 7 years ago

    I would go for either siding, Kitchen remodel, Bathroom remodel, and work on keeping a room sorta flexible. If someone wanted a studio or something in a certain room, don't customize it too much where you would block out their needs.

  17. atlantapainters profile image55
    atlantapaintersposted 7 years ago

    Experience tell me that a quality paint job But with properly chosen colors (hire an interior designer OR a Feng Shui consultant) could make some remodeling not needed.
    Of course - I am somewhat biased, being a professional painting contractor.
    The rest I'd spend on a kitchen or a master bath.

  18. Hotplate profile image60
    Hotplateposted 7 years ago

    I would hire an artist to come in and paint artwork on the walls

  19. kmackey32 profile image64
    kmackey32posted 7 years ago

    I would spend it on my entire house. I only paid 15,000 for the house and if my boyfriend and I did the work $20,000 could go real far....I need a new roof too that would be first.

    1. Hotplate profile image60
      Hotplateposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Where can you buy a house for $15,000?

  20. Rochelle Frank profile image94
    Rochelle Frankposted 7 years ago

    Buy a solar power system to add value to the house  and use the money I save on electricity to make small improvements every few months.

  21. Hestia DeVoto profile image61
    Hestia DeVotoposted 7 years ago

    I'd get a cabin kit and build an entire house.  There would even be a bit leftover for paint and insulation.

    1. Dame Scribe profile image61
      Dame Scribeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I 2nd that idea big_smile would love a cabin with separate guest cabin deep in the forest. *sighs* smile yeah

  22. Just Ask Susan profile image89
    Just Ask Susanposted 7 years ago

    I live in an old victorian home that is in desperate need of a bathroom and kitchen reno. I swear I have the smallest bathroom..Don't know what people were thinking about when they built it.

    1. timorous profile image85
      timorousposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      One person at a time lol
      I suspect people back then were very prudish.  The bathroom was just a place to get your business done and get out.  No jacuzzi or anything fancy in those days.

  23. Ign Andy profile image59
    Ign Andyposted 7 years ago

    +1 for solar power system proposed by Rochelle Frank.
    In amazon you can get 246-Watt starter kits for $1,300 I'm sure you can get much lower in some stores.
    With your budget at least you can get 3000 Watts, enough to power up major equipments.

  24. Teddletonmr profile image75
    Teddletonmrposted 7 years ago

    Humm, $20,000 for starters I agree with the new steel roof, gutters and downspouts. Or new windows and entry doors...

  25. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    That would be a sight lol a houseful of Hubbers lolling around in various stages of inebriation tongue wink lol

  26. RedElf profile image84
    RedElfposted 7 years ago

    kitchen and bathrooms
    (Small house, lol)

    that would be wish list
    probably more practical to get house re-insulated and new windows

  27. Nolapete profile image84
    Nolapeteposted 7 years ago

    Bathrooms would be first on my list.  Adding grid tied solar power and upgrading and relocating central air upstairs would be next. If those were already done, remodel sunroom and detached garage.

  28. Jay01 profile image54
    Jay01posted 7 years ago

    Well considering the budget is only $20,000 I think there is plenty we can do if we shop wisely. I would definitely upgrade the kitchen, especially the cabinet doors and counter tops as well as cost effective flooring  and maybe some sky lighting that would reduce my energy bills.
    I believe if space permits you could get a s new or even a slightly dented or scratched jacuzzi or maybe even one of those that are considered a knock off as they may not be deemed good enough for the high end market. That along with new faucet and a new paint job especially if you don't mind being creative with your paint colors then you could but reject paint from the home depot and with a little creativity make your own colors. Amazing what $20k can do right?

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      Donna Ferrierposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Well, my house was almost completely renovated when I moved in. The only thing I didn't replace were the kitchen cabinets, so I'd probably do those. I'm not sure how much cabinets run these days, and I'm sure it depends on wood, how many, etc. If I had enough money left after the cabinets, I'd consider a new roof.

  29. Kaye McCulloch profile image60
    Kaye McCullochposted 7 years ago

    I'd looove to redo my kitchen or even more my ensuite bathroom, but I'd probably end up spending it on redoing windows - double glazing some and at least improving the seals around others - adding wall insulation and adding some solar panels to the roof.

  30. Bill Manning profile image75
    Bill Manningposted 7 years ago

    Heck down here in Florida I could buy a condo outright for that $20,000! yikes

  31. Jaynie2000 profile image90
    Jaynie2000posted 7 years ago

    Where I'm from, $20,000 wouldn't go very far, but my choices would include whatever combination of the following I could get for the $$:
    new windows
    new carpeting
    remodel of both bathrooms
    kitchen countertops
    kitchen cupboards
    remodel family room in lower level
    repaint much of the interior
    new deck and landscaping in back
    expand the garage

  32. Disturbia profile image61
    Disturbiaposted 7 years ago

    I'm so spoiled. I love my home and everything is exactly the way I want it. I wouldn't change a thing. I would, however, like to give the money to my annoying neighbors across the road. Maybe they can build themselves a nice tall fence.

  33. L a d y f a c e profile image79
    L a d y f a c eposted 7 years ago

    The house I'm in right now? New siding. That would take most of it...I have a huge house. But if it wasn't that it would be new windows, or a remodeled kitchen...maybe some awesome landscaping... there are little things you can do that make everything look better too. New paint, trim and window treatments make a world of difference.

  34. guardyourselfnow profile image61
    guardyourselfnowposted 7 years ago

    I love this question and where do I begin the top of my list would be to redo both bathrooms in my home with a luxury look and a whirlpool tub. I am not sure how far 20,000 would go but anything is better then what I have now. I will all this to my bucket list