Your home’s exterior is the first impression your friends, family, and neighbors have of your home. When you return home from errands or a long day, what do you see? Is it aged windows, a small entry, warped siding, or dated brick? Would you like to be welcomed by an inviting front porch and an updated color palette? 

Update your Cleveland home’s exterior and feel proud of what you see and how your home is presented. It may be difficult to pinpoint exactly what you’d like to change, with either cosmetic and/or structural updates. However, when you partner with a design-build team that’s well-versed in helping a homeowner decipher their exact grievances with their home, the process is suddenly clear. 

At Payne & Tompkins Design - Renovations, we understand that a remodel of any kind can seem overwhelming at first glance. What colors, materials, structural changes, and other details are best to express your personal style? Through collaboration and careful reception, our designers work meticulously to shed light on your design style and the impression you most want to have of your home’s exterior. 

Payne & Tompkins is a full-service design-build firm that can take your exterior remodeling project from concept and inspiration to completion. Our client-centered process begins with a consultation; where we first listen, then work with you to develop a design that leaves you excited to see it come to fruition. It’s why we enjoy the honor of past clients recommending our tailored service to friends and family.

What Are Cleveland Area Homeowners Asking About Exterior Remodeling?

Honesty and transparency are very important to us, and that starts with answering your questions. 

Which exterior renovation adds the most value to a house?

Exterior upgrades top the charts of every return on investment (ROI) report, with some upgrades receiving up to 80% ROI. This includes your entry doorway, windows, siding, garage door, roofing, and even a front or back porch addition.  

Will new windows and doors look okay on my older home?

More than just ‘okay,’ your new windows and doors will look spectacular! How do we know? Newer window and door designs are available in durable materials and construction methods that are meant to replace older windows and doors, but not take away from the home’s original character. New wood windows, for example, are available using techniques that will ensure structural longevity and avoid sagging, warping, and splitting. They are also built to improve your home’s energy efficiency. This way, you can enjoy the benefits of new windows without sacrificing style. 

How much will it cost to remodel the exterior of my Ohio home?

This is a very common question for homeowners. The short answer? It depends. We understand that isn’t a satisfying answer, but it’s an honest one. Your product selections, the size of your home, and the extent of your remodel will all factor into the cost, which makes it difficult to provide an estimate here. 

We can, however, provide industry averages for home remodeling in the Cleveland area. Do keep in mind that these are averages and your cost will depend on the factors we mentioned. For example, the Cost vs Value Report estimates that replacing ten windows could cost between $20,000 and $24,000, a garage door replacement averages around $4,000, and replacing 1,250 square feet of siding with fiber-cement siding could cost around $22,000. 

These are only examples, however, so to get a clearer understanding of what your design goals could add up to, we highly recommend reaching out to us for a consultation. 

Let’s Talk About Your Home Renovation

We take great pride in not only our work but our process. At Payne & Tompkins, we have earned a reputation in Cuyahoga County and beyond for creating impeccable design and delivering a construction process that leaves you with a completed project built with superb craft. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.

Frequently Asked Questions
by Cleveland Homeowners

Do you need an architect for an addition in Cleveland?

Not necessarily. It’s a common misconception that you must hire an architect separately from a builder to get plans drawn and a quality design. It’s an old-school way of thinking that more homeowners are realizing is an unnecessary complication. Hiring different companies or firms to work on the same project can cause more work for you, from going through the hiring process more than once to having to communicate with multiple point people and even dealing with conflicting professional perspectives. 

A design-build firm, on the other hand, is a single entity that offers a design team, skilled builders, and project managers to handle your project. With a design-build firm, you don’t sacrifice quality of design but gain the benefits of a seamless process that results in minimal, if any, stress. 

At Payne & Tompkins Design+Renovations, we guide homeowners through the entire process, from consultation and design to construction. You’ll have a single point of contact and a full team that works together to deliver a space that’s authentically yours, while avoiding the traditional hurdles of a multi-firm process. 

How much does a home addition cost on Cleveland?

Pinpointing a cost estimate for an addition is really only possible with a consultation with a professional builder. However, on average, the cost for an addition could range anywhere from $250 to $500 and well above per square foot for a luxury home in the Cleveland area. 

The per-square-foot cost really depends on the type of room or rooms being added. Due to the complexity, quality of finishes, and systems that go into a kitchen expansion or relocation, the cost per square foot will be much higher than adding space to a family room, for example. 

The most efficient way to understand how much an addition will be is to contact a design-build firm that can learn about your design goals and give you an idea of what to expect. Other aspects will be factored in as well, such as the age of your home, its historical status, and any complications, like water damage, cracked foundation, and any past work that may not be up to code. 

Should you add a story to your home or build an addition off your house?

Deciding whether your addition should be a build-up or bump-out depends on several considerations. To best decide, ask yourself these questions: 

  • How much space on my property would I have for a bump out and would I be willing to lose yard space?

  • What are the types of rooms I’m looking to add?

  • Would building up hinder accessibility?

  • Are neighboring homes single-story or multi-story?

  • Will building up add to my curb appeal?

Expanding common rooms, like a kitchen or family room, would require a bump out. Other rooms are more subjective, like a primary suite, a spare bedroom, and bathroom, or a recreational space. If adding onto your Cleveland home to accommodate moving in an older relative, bumping out also makes more sense. 

The decision will likely come down to other questions on the list, specifically the size of your property and comparable homes in your neighborhood.

What Other Questions Can We Help You With?

Our goal is to make the remodeling process as transparent as possible. We understand that you want to feel confident moving forward with a company that you’ll trust with your home’s remodel. At Payne & Tompkins, your experience is the pinnacle to the remodeling process. To learn more about the design-build process, contact us or fill out the form below and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation and share our knowledge about adding a story of addition onto your Cleveland home. 


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Cleveland Heights | Willoughby | Newbury
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