The most popular Split Level house renovations are projects to finish unfinished or partly finished areas, opening up the main floor, updating the kitchen, adding bathrooms to the main (formal living area) floor and to the upper level (bedrooms area). Even if you remodel just the living area, this would create a huge impact to your whole house. Still, that makes home remodeling cost way above the normal American’s wallet. There are very strict codes on removing, drilling or notching load bearing walls and floor joist.
You might discover enough “attic” space to finish two rooms (one above the other) or to open the ceiling and design your new room with a vaulted ceiling. To prevent the second scenario, you should decide on the scope of your bathroom remodeling project before you start anything.
Rather than don a respirator and dust collecting tools to try to safely remove the panels, I decided to paint the ceilings and leave them be. This was to be the first in a long list of compromises between what I had envisioned and what happened during the actual remodel.
On the contrary, if you are simply remodeling to increase the value of your house for when you sell it then you may not be that interested on spending every single cent you have just to update your house if you are not going to attain considerable returns.
Starting at the beginning of a remodel or addition project, there is generally not a cost savings from buying your own concrete for the foundation or lumber for the framing. A quick trip to the local kitchen and bath remodeling center can do more for your bathroom then just about anything else.