Should I stay or should I go? The discussion for remodeling

The kitchen after.

For a number of homeowners, there comes a point where they are faced with an important decision: to sell their current home and move, or renovate their existing space to fit their needs. The decision isn’t always in easy one; it entails looking at the market to see what’s available, examining the potential for a “forever” home, and seeing if a new neighborhood rivals an existing one.

The Doolittles are a perfect example of this dilemma. This local couple bought their Brookside house when they were first married, then moved to the suburbs once they had kids. But instead of selling their house, they rented it out until their kids grew up. Once it was time for them to move out of the suburbs and back into their first home, they enlisted RDM Architecture to transform it into a more functional, modern space.

The exterior before.
The exterior after.
The kitchen before.
The kitchen after.

The Henley house, located in Prairie Village, is another argument for renovation. It included a whole-house remodel and an addition for the kitchen and bedroom above. The dark and dated kitchen is now light and airy, with a more open-concept space for entertaining.

The exterior before.
The exterior after.
The kitchen before.
The kitchen after.

The Limbirds also faced the time-old scenario of remodeling vs. moving, and decided to do the former. They enlisted RDM to update their Prairie Village home in three phases, two of which have been completed. The living room went from shabby and not-so chic to a comfortable space with neutral tones, and the exterior was modernized with an upstairs addition.

The living room before (above) and after (below).

To see more renovation work from RDM Architecture, visit their website here and see their local projects on Houzz.

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