Adding a Pool To Your Home

If you are looking to add value to your home one of the surefire ways to do so is by adding a pool to your home. But buyer beware, as pools are not practical everywhere, and require a lot of maintenance you might not be ready for.  Considering these pros and cons before you decide to add a pool is a great start.

Pros Of Adding A Pool To Your Property

  • If you live in a place where the temperature routinely reaches over 100 degrees, having a pool right in your backyard will provide immediate relief
  • If you have kids, they will love playing in the pool for hours and hours
  • Set up a slide, pool basketball, or any other pool-related games
  • No need to pay for a trip to the pool
  • No lifeguards and no adult swim
  • No one disposing of unwanted waste in the pool
  • Can customize your pool to have a bar or anything you want
  • Great place to host a party

Cons Of Adding A Pool To Your Property

  • If you live in a cold environment or any place where the temp drops below 50 degrees, then you will have to shut down your pool for months
  • Pools require a ton of maintenance. From scooping out leaves to replacing chlorine. You will always keep an eye on your pool to make sure algae isn’t growing. You can always pay someone to maintain your pool for you, but it will cost a lot more than maintaining it yourself.
  • If you have kids, they are always at a risk for drowning, slipping, and hurting themselves. So you as the parent always need to be the lifeguard. 
  •  Most pools or water parks have more attractions like wave pools, lazy river, big water slides, diving board, etc… while your home pool can usually only have a diving board and maybe a slide
  • The deeper you want your pool, the more it costs to build

Remodeling Your Kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen allows you to customize and transform one of your most-used rooms in your house into something special. There are so many things you can tweak and replace that you can end up with a kitchen that looks nothing like what it used to look like. You can add just as much form as you can function to make your kitchen the place to enhance and create the ultimate cooking experience. The only limit to how much you can change is how much you are willing to spend. 

Kitchen Remodel – Where To Begin

Here’s just a short list of things you can upgrade 

  • Appliances (stove, oven, sink, refrigerator, microwave, etc)
  • Pots & pans
  • Counters
  • Cabinets 
  • Fresh Paint
  • Flooring

The Cost Of A Kitchen Remodel

The cost of remodeling is all dependent on what you want to do and if you are willing to do it yourself. If all you want is to replace your flooring it is going to be cheaper than buying and installing all-new appliances. If you hire a contractor, you’re going to be paying more than if you do it yourself, but you are likely to get it done earlier. But according to Home Depot, the remodel can cost anywhere from $20,0000 to $120,000 depending on how far you’re willing to go.


When it comes to you DIYers, it helps if you have more experience than just watching a home renovation show on TV. See if you can find a friend who can help you along. If you can only go online, you can still access a ton of information now that the internet and Youtube are popular. You will get a greater sense of satisfaction and save quite a bit of money. But, you will only be able to remodel when you are not busy at work or doing other chores that leave you little time for remodeling. If you commit a couple of weekends to it and do your research beforehand, you’ll be surprised at what you can get done on your own. 

Renovations add value to your home and allow you to customize it to fit your taste and needs. While you might be concerned about the cost if done correctly and with a  budget in place, it is a good investment that potentially can add a lot of value to your home when it come times to put it on the market. So stop living with that fridge that won’t close or those lights that don’t work and consider remodeling your kitchen today.

The Value Of Landscape Improvements for Your Home

landscape-designThey say dress to impress and the same applies with your house! What do I mean? I mean making the outside of your house look as attractive as possible with landscaping improvements. Landscaping adds 5.5% to 12.7% value depending on the amount and quality of the work done. Here are some tips that will make sure that your landscaping plan achieves its goals and leaves your house as the nicest looking house on the block ensuring that potential home owners or renters will be excited to tour your house.

Have a Plan- Most homeowners don’t understand how important having a plan is. They haphazardly upgrade a few things here or there and they might get an “A” for effort, but will be shocked with disappointing results when potential buyers won’t commit to your house. Why is this happening? This is because these upgrades fail to work together as a whole package because the homeowner didn’t have a plan. You need to develop a budget, an idea of how all the new landscaping will work together, and a basic idea of what you want to do. That way when you need to go to Home Depot or Lowes to get all of your supplies, you can get in and get out, feel confident and not run over budget. Decide what needs to be spruced up and what needs to be replaced. Consider your yearly climate and what plants and wildlife thrives there. For example one wouldn’t put an outdoor pool in a home in northern Montana where it snows for much of the year. Also consider the style of your home. For example if you own a southwestern themed house in Arizona you wouldn’t plant pine or spruce trees. Rather plant cactus and yucca that works with the theme of the neighborhood and house. This way your house won’t stick out like a sore thumb that will turn potential customers away as most homeowners or renters just want to blend in with the neighborhood.

Know What Adds the Most Value-It’s a general consensus that the more you invest, the more return you will get. However, some investments are better than others. Especially if you are on a budget, this can be especially helpful to know. Some improvements include but aren’t limited to

  • Lawns and trees Cheapest and some of the most prominent improvements Appeals to those looking for an open canvas to make their own improvements
  • Fountains and garden displays Some of the most visually appealing but won’t appeal to those looking for a low maintenance yard
  • Patios, decks, or outdoor rooms Expensive but will entice and excite potential customers the most

Don’t Overdue It- You can do all of the landscaping in the world to where your grass would be good enough to play the PGA tour on however if your average price of the nearby houses is only $250k-300k then people likely won’t be willing to spend more than the average. Being simple-landscapingtasteful is very important. Also if the interior of your house is out of date you should consider doing similar upgrades as well to make sure that the new deck matches your couches and kitchen appliances.

Landscaping is the key to entice more buyers or renters AND increase the value of your home. However, it’s important to have a plan to make sure that you add the most value to your house without spending to much money or turning potential buyers away.

Home Improvement Organizational Hacks

Home Improvements don’t just have to be big projects done to your home such as replacing your garage door, installing solar panels, repainting your house, or adding a room addition.  Sometimes just organizing your home can be one of the biggest improvements of all, especially for those living in it!  Check out this video on organization hacks for your home that make organizing everything from closets to added kitchen space so much easier!

Home Improvements That Add Value!

home-improvementsIf you are looking to add value to your home to increase your profit when you decide to sell, you may want to consider making these upgrades/improvements to your home.  After some research we have found that these projects help to not only add value but double it at that!

Best Home Improvements For Added Value

  • Bathrooms- Whether you add a bathroom, revamp the ones you have, or simply replace the flooring with something newer and a bit more modern you are on the right track. Doing any of these improvements to your bathroom will greatly increase the value of your home. Especially adding a new bathroom, which is said to increase functionality.
  • Replacing The Roof- Is your roof 20 years old or older?  If so it is time to replace your roof.  Even if you don’t seem to be having any issues with it or there are no holes or repairs that need to be done replacing it is key.  Why?  Offering homebuyers a new roof is a great perk to them when buying a house.  Not only that the market value of your home greatly increases so you end up making back the money you put into the new roof and also gaining extra.  Should you opt for a more energy efficient roof, that only allows for a bigger value increase in your homes overall value.
  • Flooring- Getting rid ofcrapet and replacingit with tile, wood or even laminate will help to increase the value of your home greatly as well. People looking to buy a home tend to be more attracted to homes that offer this upgraded flooring because not only is it easier to clean, it gives a sleeker appearance, and there is not dust or other allergens that may be lurking in the fibers of carpet.
  • Exterior Appearances- Keeping a well maintained front landscape, having a nice freshly painted front door, as well as a well kept property speaks volumes to potential home buyers.  Even though the old saying goes “Never judge a book by it’s cover”  in the terms of your home and its curb appeal people do judge!  If your home is well maintained and you have a nicely manicured lawn and a clean maintained house exterior your home’s value increases as well.  You may also notice you have a lot more people interested in looking at your home & property.
  • Garage Improvements- adding a little spit and shine to your garage can do wonders for the value of your home as well.  Having an up to date energy efficient garage door, maybe throwing some epoxy coating in the floor, adding cabinets and shelves can majorly help to increase the market value.  People like to see organization, storage space, and well maintained areas when looking to purchase a new home.

While there are more improvements that can make or added to your home we feel that these are 5 of the most important ones that can be done to bring an increase in value to your home.  With A  bit of carpentry experience you may be able to even do some yourself!  It is best to start with a budget and try to stick with it when starting any home improvement project.  This will allow for better control over the investment you are putting back into your home as well as the ability to better maximize profits.


Welcome All!

Hello-allHello All!  Welcome to our site the Rose-and-Crown.  We have created this blog to share, offer and encourage home improvements that can be done yourself, add to the value of your home, or simply add a few upgrades for you and your family to enjoy. We plan to cover everything from gardens to bathroom fixtures and windows to the best garage doors out there.  Peter, my business partner, and myself, Joann, both share a love for home projects, interior design and investing in properties to flip and sell. We hope that all of your readers enjoy our articles and that should you find them interesting and fun to read that you share our site with friends, family, co-workers and anyone else you feel may enjoy our posts. Stay tuned for our first blog post to be coming soon!