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Friday, January 16 2015
Best of Houzz Winner (AGAIN!)

Proud to announce this:


Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Raleigh NC, January 16, 2015Caudill Design Group Design-Build, LLC of Raleigh, NC has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The six-year old design-build firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community. 

“We are very proud that the Houzz community and our customers have given us this prestigious award two consecutive years,” said Rusty Caudill, managing member. “We take a lot of pride in pleasing our customers to the extent that they want to tell others about us.”

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Caudill Design Group among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit

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Saturday, January 03 2015
Remodel or Move?

One of the most common questions people ask me is whether it is smarter to remodel an existing house or sell and move to a space more suited to their needs. This is a very good, but complex question to answer, and it often brings up many factors. Some of them include:

  1. value of other homes nearby;
  2. type of remodel or addition;
  3. age of the house;
  4. comfort level of neighborhood;
  5. availability of desired features in an existing house;
  6. return on investment.

We can look at each one individually to help you evaluate your situation and come up with the best option for you.

The “value of other nearby homes” factor brings up that old adage “don’t overbuild for your neighborhood”. While this is basically true, you have to consider that neighborhoods in great locations tend to redevelop with new homes or upgraded homes eventually. If you are in a great location, you might start a trend of improving homes around you, and as we all know, it’s better to the first than the last! If you are in a newer neighborhood or not in a desirable location, the overbuild adage may be words to heed.

The type of improvement you want to make is very important. Simply updating finishes, or a kitchen or bath makeover is definitely something you’ll enjoy. You may not get a 100% return on the investment when you sell, but making your house into a place of comfort and enjoyment should override that concern. If you have in mind a porch or garage addition, again, the enjoyment of the improvement should rule. If you have in mind a large addition that will likely exceed the current value of the house, you should probably re-read the first factor paragraph.

The age of the house is an interesting one. The older the home, the more surprises you will find in a major remodel. You may find that plumbing or electrical needs to be redone, or that the structure isn’t what it needs to be. This may make your improvement more expensive than you thought. However, older homes tend to be in desirable locations, so the improvement or replacement may be worthwhile.

“We love the neighborhood” is something I’ve heard many times as an argument for remodeling. People get comfortable with their surroundings and are hesitant to leave. I understand and appreciate those feelings - I call it putting down roots. If this is how you feel, by all means make your house what you want, and others around you will likely follow suit.

Sometimes what you want is simply not available in the market. The “mother-in-law suite” is probably the most common example of this. A separate apartment for an older loved one is all but impossible to find, and the desire for these spaces will likely grow over the next decade or two, making it a good resale investment.

If all you care about is getting your money out of the improvement a few years down the road, you probably shouldn’t remodel. National statistics show that kitchen makeovers typically return 85% or so, new windows and doors are just below that, and new bathrooms are around 75%. All others fall below that 75% level, so there has to be more justification for the improvement than monetary return. For me, the overriding justification is personal enjoyment. Your home is where you should feel the utmost comfort and enjoyment!

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