Town & Country Builders LLC is a licensed general contracting design-build firm that has been serving Oahu residents for the past 35 years. The company specializes in custom and package homes, remodels, additions, designer kitchens and bathrooms; Americans With Disability Act modifications/improvement; as well as multigenerational homes, Accessory Dwelling Units, and offers full construction services including planning and permitting.

Would you like to add value to your home and get a comfortable space too? Even if you are not planning to sell your house soon, everyone seems to be puzzled by the question. Is it better to repair or remodel a 45-year-old home or tear it down and construct a new one? How much will the improvements add to the value of the residence and if you decide to sell it will you be able to recap the expense?

In many cases the projects will not add as much value versus the actual cost of the job, but some renovations provide more return on investment than others. Based on a national survey, here are the best places for your dollars: A new decorative door returns 96.6 percent of the money invested; a wood deck (87.4 percent); interior remodeling work such as converting an extra space into a bedroom or bathroom (84.3 percent); garage door replacement (83.7 percent); kitchen remodels (82.7 percent), as kitchens are very important to re-sale value; window replacement (79.3) percent; exterior siding replacement (7.2 percent); or converting ground floor lower level space to a family room or full bathroom (77.6 percent).

Perhaps a return on investment isn’t what you are looking for but want to make your home more modern and pleasant to live in. After all, many individuals purchase automobiles and for the most part they lose value every year. Some home improvement projects may be a huge benefit to you and your family. Sound advice is to avoid splashy kitchens and bathroom remodels as they may be fun but they can be really expensive for little utility and payback.

Call the professionals at 737-7766 for assistance with your next project or to obtain a recommendation for design or visit the website Town & Country Builders is a member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and is a certified re-modeler. The company also is a winner of the Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Award for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, member of the National Association of Home Builders and The Hawaii Building Industry Association as well as winner of the 2014 and 2015 Best of Honolulu Award in the General Contractor category.

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