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How to Remodel the Florida Vacation Home of Your Dreams

By Jamie Richardson | January 8, 2019

Despite the uncertainty and stress that can accompany a home remodel, it is always rewarding to live in a property that is exactly as you envision it. Remodeling your home may even reduce your stress in the long-run. For this to be the case, it is important that you have a clear vision for your remodeling process and end result.

This can be especially true of a vacation home; while your day-to-day home is where you live through the usual experiences of your life, a vacation home is meant to be a getaway, somewhere you can fully decompress. As such, it is essential that you design your vacation home in a way that will enable you to live there happily, stress-free, with the entire place optimized to be what it ought to.

Furthermore, given the amount of time you will spend elsewhere, owning a vacation home provides the opportunity of supplemental income by renting it out. To make the most of this possibility, it is important to remodel your house to be both attractive and comfortable, a space that can attract renters based off its photos alone.

This dual benefit is especially possible in Florida, one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. If you are considering remodeling a Florida vacation home, take the time to skim through this list of potential ideas. You may just find something that could inspire you to begin the remodel of your dreams!

Go Through a Contractor

While it is important that your vision of the result of your remodel be rooted in your own wants and needs, a contractor can be invaluable when it comes to actualizing that idea and planning the most effective way to make it a reality. It is certainly possible to do the work of a contractor yourself, but this can cause lots of unnecessary additional stress on top of that which typically accompanies the remodeling process. Pick contractors that are well-versed in the area. If you are near the capital of Florida, we recommend looking into Tallahassee contractors; if you’re in the Keys, we recommend finding specialists there.

Paint, Paint, Paint!

This simple aspect of a remodel can be total game-changer. The different ways in which a fresh coat of paint can bring new life to a house are innumerable. Even a quick look at a paint catalogue can get your ideas flowing about how you can repaint your home.

Painting an interior can bring fresh energy to the inside of a house, or help to differentiate the intended moods of different rooms. Yet, it is a fresh paint job on the outside of your house that can cause the largest transformation, increasing the aesthetic value of your vacation home in a way that makes it more externally appealing to potential renters and more enjoyable for you to come to. If you decide to repaint the exterior of your house, you may want to consider sandblasting as a means of streamlining and optimizing the process.

Retractable Roofing

The idea of a vacation home in a sunny locale like Florida often comes with an image of sitting outside with friends and family. Installing a retractable roofing system, like an awning or canopy or maybe a louvered pergola would be a good addition to your home. Not only do these systems provide shade and protection from the heat, but they pull away to allow you to enjoy the sun in colder months. Not only does this provide customizable comfort, but the right style could make your home look ideal to those who want to rent.

Solar Energy

Remodeling a vacation home is a perfect opportunity to include elements that you would not consider adding otherwise. One of these additions can be a way to harness solar energy, and where better to do so than in the Sunshine State? Not only does this make your home more environmentally-friendly, but increased energy efficiency will enable you to save money on your bills. Solar paneling can even earn you a tax refund!

Solar panels are not your only option when it comes to utilizing solar energy, though. You may want to consider innovative solar roofing or windows with solar film on them. Even companies like Tesla offer these services. Any solar option can be great additions to your remodeling plan.

Be Clever

While some of the options discussed can easily become massive projects, you can also be clever, minimal, and budget-friendly about your remodel. Turn the bathroom into a walk-in shower, remove a wall and let the home breathe with the hot Florida air (there’s nothing like a vacation that lets the outside come inside), create a guest bedroom, make smaller changes that include the ‘wow’ factor you have always dreamed of. Start there and we are willing to bet your imagination will soar.

In short, remodeling your Florida vacation home can be a way to improve your quality of life and even earn you some extra money. Make sure that you go through a contractor and consider all of your remodeling options. The right remodel can transform your Florida vacation home into the getaway of your dreams – so what are you waiting for? ;\lsdsemih

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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