2011 marked a year of interesting developments in of residential construction and home remodeling, and the results are in in terms of what was most popular among homeowners. Although 2011 is over, the trends that emerged during the year are expected to remain popular for several years to come. Below you will find some of the top remodeling trends:
1. Decks for the warmer months
Decks are steadily increasing in popularity among homeowners as more and more individuals forgo proper vacations in lieu of “stay-cations” and exchange meals at restaurants for dinners at home with the family. But as individuals first started spending more time at home, they began to long for an environment that wouldn’t make them regret their decision to skip restaurants and vacations. For many, a new deck was just the answer they were looking for.
A deck renovation can greatly improve the outdoor ambiance of your home, and it can increase your usable outdoor space. This makes your backyard more suitable for dinners, cookouts, and other forms of entertaining.
Decks on their own tend to be relatively inexpensive, but for those homeowners who have a little more income at their disposal, pools are another popular backyard choice.
2. Space for relaxation
With Americans more stressed than ever before, it’s no wonder that one of the current remodeling trends is creating a relaxing space. Many homeowners, for example, choose to turn their bathrooms into a zen retreat by updating the look and installing luxury water appliances like oversized jacuzzi tubs, seats, steam showers, and massaging body sprays.
Others choose to create relaxation space in their living room by opening up their floor plan by removing barriers between rooms. This enables you to take full advantage of your home’s square footage, and it also improves continuity between rooms. The less cramped and cluttered your home’s environment, the more open and free you’re likely to feel.
3. Small tweaks for big impact
Whereas years past might have found homeowners opting for kitchen overhauls and entire home remodels, the current trend is to make less sweeping changes. Although complete overhauls are still common, an increasing number of homeowners are choosing to focus on smaller, more easily affordable renovations.
Bathrooms have become one popular focal point. One reason for this is that these rooms are smaller, meaning they’re often quite inexpensive to update. Another reason is that people tend to have more than one bathroom in their home, meaning they can remodel two rooms for around the same price it would cost them to remodel one larger one, such as a kitchen or basement.
Updates are also popular in the kitchen. Rather than scrapping the whole current design, many homeowners are now choosing to make small tweaks that have been carefully calculated to have a big impact. For example, many homeowners choose two or three of the following options: cabinet doors, counter tops, appliances, cabinet hardware, flooring, wall coloring, light fixtures, or furniture. Changing a select few of these things rather than all of them at once can save you money while still improving the look and feel of your home.
2011 marked some big changes for the home remodeling industry. Whether you choose to follow the trends or make your own path, be sure to choose the right contractor. Look closely at your construction company options, and weigh all the pros and cons, rather than making your decision on price alone. A truly great contractor like Hartman Construction will give your project- whether big or small- the time and attention it deserves.
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