Ottawa Sun - New Homes - - HOMES -

Fact: Prop­erty de­vel­op­ment is a fickle sci­ence. Many im­provers reckon that, to at­tract op­ti­mum value, homes should be ar­ranged with as many rooms as pos­si­ble.

Oth­ers be­lieve it’s qual­ity — not quan­tity — that at­tracts pre­mium up­lift at sales time. We (gen­er­ally speak­ing) favour the lat­ter camp.

And be­sides, as we oft’ opine, your home’s great- est ‘re­turn’ should be mea­sured on a daily ba­sis and not al­ways by a dol­lar quo­tient.

Rules vary, of course. Homes within school catch­ments may at­tract a higher sales price due to bed­room count, whereas fewer bed­rooms — and per­haps a bet­ter kitchen — might be im­por­tant in an en­clave favoured by re­tirees. Bal­ance con­sid­ered, we maxed up on the life­style

AF­TER: The clients love drama, and be­ing that the room is large enough to ac­com­mo­date a bold pat­tern, a flo­ral mo­tif pro­vides colour and in­ter­est.

BE­FORE: BE­FORE: This tired bed­room space would soon fall vic­tim to a cou­ple of empty-nesters who long for space to spread out.

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