• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Local builder offers tips for remodeling projects

HOME ADDITIONS increase the living space in a home and also increase the value of a home, according to local builder Bill Bailey. (Photo submitted)

Decks and screened-in sunrooms are popular remodeling projects among homeowners, according to local contractor Bill Bailey. He said the driving force behind this current trend is people wanting a place to get outside with their families and friends.

Homeowners are getting a lot of remodeling work done on the interiors of their homes as well, Bailey said. He said a recent project involved remodeling a kitchen.

Bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects are still popular because they increase a home's resale value, according to Bailey. "I just try to encourage people to do different things to get the most bang-for-their-buck," he said.

Bailey cited new windows and doors as examples of energy-savings improvements that also add value to your home.

Homeowners are building additions and remodeling their basements to increase their living space, and Bailey said he has even built an apartment in the loft of a barn.

When asked if a homeowner should do a project or hire a contractor to do the work, Bailey offered these cautionary words, "Stick to what you know." When a homeowner gets in "over their head," he continued, ".it costs more to (hire someone) to go back and correct (a problem) than to initially build it."

If someone doesn't know exactly what they want, they should talk to a builder who can offer recommendations and help them visualize what's possible within their budget, Bailey said.

After negotiating a contract, communication helps ensure a homeowner knows what to expect and a builder knows what to do - especially when the unforeseen happens, Bailey said.

"Communication is the key with your customer," said Bailey.

The Woodford County native has owned and operated Bill Bailey Contracting & Remodeling for more than 25 years, but says he has been in construction his entire life. Both of his sons are now helping him on job sites.

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