Houzz releases new 2016 Home Report

According to a new 2016 Houzz Home Report:

“Spending is on the rise for kitchen and bathroom renovation projects, according to the fifth annual Houzz & Home survey of more than 120,000 respondents in the U.S. Overall renovation activity remains high, with more than half of homeowners on Houzz renovating their homes in 2015.

“Key findings include:

  • Renovation Motivations: The desire to stay put is the primary motivation for renovating vs. buying a “perfect” home, trumping financial considerations
  • Top Activity Drivers: Recent home buyers are a key driver of renovation activity, with new home purchases inspiring more than a quarter of renovations
  • Budget? What Budget? Nearly one-third of homeowners take on a remodeling project without setting a budget – the same share exceeds an established budget”

Download the full report to learn more about top remodeling projects and their motivations, how renovation behavior differs between new home purchasers and home sellers, remodeling trends among millennial homeowners, project budgets and much more.

Be sure to follow L&M Construction on Houzz!

Summertime fun: Add a new deck


It’s finally summer and after a long cold winter in NH, homeowners are itching to get outside into the sun. What better way to enjoy a home than to add or improve decking? A well-designed deck can extend living space, allow room for family and friends to gather, increase summertime fun, and improve a home’s value.

If you are considering a new deck, here are some questions to answer before calling a qualified contractor:

  1. How are you going to use your deck? Each family’s needs will differ: some families want an outdoor kitchen, others are thinking of surrounding a pool, while others may want a quiet, private retreat.
  2.  How will you reach your deck? Will you need a staircase from the deck to the yard? Will your guests gain access through kitchen doors, or will you have a private entrance off a bedroom to a hot tub?
  3. Are you near a lake, river or have a pool? Moisture-resistant materials are a must.
  4. What “look” appeals to you? Does the style of your home work with sleek lines, or rustic elements? The colors of your house also come into play. You want the deck to complement and not distract from your home.

After you have thought about these questions, call an experienced contractor with a history of building decks.

Check out L&M’s portfolio for decks here, then give Rick or Jim a call to get professional advice on how to extend your living space, increase your summer enjoyment, and add value to your home.