How to Plan Your Remodel w/Matt Fox

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TV Personality Matt Fox from the PBS’ Around the House with Matt and Shari stopped by recently to talk with Bob about planning a remodeling project. How do you plan for something that is going to last a long time yet stay within budget and is something that you can be proud of for years to come? And what about your return on investment when it comes time to sell? Bob and Matt talk about that a whole lot more in this week’s VLOG.


Bob: So you’re considering doing some remodeling around the home. You
don’t know where to start, don’t know where to end.

Hi, everybody. Bob Gallese at One Man and a Hammer and

You know, two of the rooms in a home that can take the remodeling,
and you get a little bit of money back when you go to sell the home is the
kitchen and bathroom. That is definitely the trend today. I think the
hardest part for most people is to figure out; What cabinets do I want to
use? What plumbing do I want to use? Should I supply my own materials and
let somebody else put it in?

Matt Fox, my guest host, has a show on PBS, which is. . .

Matt: Around the House with Matt and Shari.

Bob: All right. Matt, obviously, has been around for a long, long time. He
used to do a show on HGTV, and I’m forgetting the name.

Matt: Room by Room.

Bob: Room by Room. For some reason this morning I had that. . .

Matt: That’s fine.

Bob: . . . mental block.

Matt: You remembered my name, that’s all that counts.

Bob: Okay. All right. So, Matt, with the show that you have on right now,
what is it that you see people wanting to hear about? What do they want to
see you talk about?

Matt: Well, you just hit on the head when you started out, kitchens
and baths. First of all, we all know that kitchens are where most people
spend most of their time. You know, it used to be that we sat around the
kitchen table as kids. Well, we’re seeing more and more of that. So people
are really coming back to their kitchens, so they’re looking for that
kitchen that gives them a little bit more space so that it’s opened up for
them, but also, a little more storage because they’re cooking more.

Bob: Right, right.

Matt: They’re using their kitchen for cooking a lot more now than we
saw five years ago.

Bob: Well, and now you’re seeing the double drawer dishwashers.

Matt: Correct.

Bob: You’re seeing the microwave, as opposed to being placed above the
stove, you’re seeing the microwave maybe just below the counter top at

Matt: Yeah. We don’t want to see it as much as we used to. It used to
be just a functional box.

Bob: Right.

Matt: Now it’s part of the design element, so that’s what they’re

Bob: Then the big blower hoods. . .

Matt: Right.

Bob: . . . to get the moisture out of the home because that’s been such a

Matt: They’re expanding their cook tops.

Bob: Yeah.

Matt: They want to be able to cook more meals, more family-style
meals. You’re also seeing refrigerators that need to hold pizza boxes. You
know, they need to have a different type of setting.

So, what you’re seeing is kitchens are really the big focal point of
the home nowadays, but people are still having a hard time; Where do I
start? How do I get started? That’s why we like to tell people to find
their inspiration; be it a home show, be it a magazine, be it a contractor,
like yourself, going and talking to them, seeing other rooms that you have
done and built for other people so they have a place. They need something
in their mind to say, “That’s what I like. That’s how I feel.”

Bob: To see that picture and say, “That’s what I want.”

Matt: Yeah.

Bob: Because that’s normally what people do, folks, is they go through a
magazine and say, “That’s what I want.” One other thing that you want to
make sure that you do, make sure that you work with a contractor who will
draw this up for you, put it on CAD. I know One Man and a Hammer does, I
know many of the professional contractors do, but it’s definitely something
I think that everybody should want is something in CAD form.

Matt: You need a map.

Bob: You do.

Matt: You need a map.

Bob: You’ve got to have a blueprint.

Matt: Yeah.

Bob: Don’t go out getting three prices on your kitchen without having that
blueprint or that map because, if you do, you’re going to get prices all
over the place. You’ll never be able to reel that back in and make sense.

Matt, I appreciate your time this morning.

Matt: My pleasure.

Bob: It’s been a pleasure, as usual. We’ll talk to you again.

Matt: Thank you.

Bob: Thanks, everybody. Well, I will talk to you again on next Saturday
morning, from 8:00 to 9:00 on the Home Toolbox Show on WELW, 1330 AM, we’ll
see you then.

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