As people continue to spend more of their time working and entertaining from home, it’s no surprise that more and more homeowners are looking to tackle their renovation projects this year. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your home improvement project, here are the top five trends we’ve seen in 2021.
1. Upgrading frequently-used rooms
With work and school taking place largely at home, coupled with limited travel and in-person socialization, homeowners are looking to make the most of their frequently-used spaces. We’ve recently had many requests for full bathroom and kitchen remodels, which not only give the opportunity for an aesthetic or functional upgrade, but can also save money with more efficient plumbing and fixtures.
2. Remote learning nooks and home offices
While open-concept rooms have been popular in the past, they can pose challenges for families trying to juggle working from home and facilitating virtual learning. As a result, homeowners are increasingly looking to section off areas for home offices and remote learning nooks, which allow parents to stay close by while also maintaining privacy and reducing sound carryover. For clients with limited space, finishing the basement and setting up offices there can be an ideal solution.
3. Brighter kitchens
Though colors are largely a matter of personal preference, we’ve seen an uptick in lighter colors being used to make rooms feel brighter and larger. White kitchen cabinets have become an especially popular option, especially for the millennial generation. Some homeowners also opt for pops of color in painted cabinets or fun backsplash.
4. Accessible bathrooms
Many seniors want to age in place and remain in their homes as long as possible. As such, older homeowners are looking to the future and renovating their bathrooms with accessibility in mind. For instance, people with two full baths often convert one of their tubs to a walk-in shower, typically featuring grab bars or seating space.
5. Outdoor entertaining spaces
As the weather gets warmer, many are looking to expand or refurbish their porches, patios and decks for outdoor entertaining. This has become an especially popular option for homeowners looking to entertain while minimizing the risk of coronavirus spread.
Considerations before starting a home renovation project
Before starting your 2021 home improvement project, it’s important to consider your timeline and budget. Many suppliers have faced shutdowns or limited operations over the past year, so orders may take longer to come in or may simply not be available. Production and distribution challenges have especially affected the decking industry. (We’ve had great experiences with Wolf Home Products, even during this challenging time.)
Additionally, high demand has driven up prices for materials and production, particularly for lumber — prices have doubled within the past year! — so be sure to factor this into your budget as well. Getting an estimate from a home improvement contractor can give you a better sense of costs and time, as well as help you understand your options.
Fallon Contracting offers numerous home improvement services to New Jersey residents, including siding, windows, bathrooms, basements, decks, repairs and more. Contact us to schedule a free, personalized estimate at your home.