Change is synonymous with the new year, and now is a great time to update areas all around your home! However, the challenges we all faced during the past year have undoubtedly shaped the changes that we will make to our homes today. With a focus on hyper-functional spaces, outdoor living, sustainability, and energy conservation, these top trends in home improvement are ones we expect to continue to grow in popularity through 2021 and beyond.
1. Decks and Patios
Spending time outside has been a great way to feel less couped up over the past year. Many homeowners are updating their outdoor spaces to expand dining, relaxation, and kids’ playtime options. And the choice to add a deck to your home can be economical as you can recoup up to 68% of the project cost in home value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s cost vs. value analysis.
2. Dedicated Home Offices
It’s no surprise that many homeowners are converting spaces like the dining room, spare bedroom, or unfinished basement into functional home offices. This year, we expect to see this trend go from DIY spaces to fully renovated ones with built-in shelving, added wall and doorways, and even soundproofing for the optimal workspace.
3. Complete Roofing Systems
There was a time when homeowners only considered new shingles during a roof replacement. But modern roofing systems are an upgrade that is engineered to keep temperatures in the home consistent and energy costs lower. That system includes new insulation, proper ventilation, and layers like an ice water barrier and underlayment made of cutting-edge materials to keep water out.
4. Separate Laundry or Mud Rooms
Spending more time at home means that clutter is all the more evident, so spaces like laundry and mudrooms are being utilized more than ever. There are many new options for custom storage and seating to keep everything in its place. And with new energy-efficient washers and dryers, even this room can be optimized for energy efficiency and water conservation.
5. Metal Roofing Systems
Over the past few years, metal roofing systems have exploded in popularity, and we expect to see this trend continue. Metal roofs are durable with incredible longevity lasting over 50 years with proper installation and maintenance. They also reflect heat-reducing temperature regulation costs and are 100% recyclable at the end of the roof’s life, making them an environmentally friendly option.
6. Energy Efficient Windows
We expect to see homeowners continue to replace their windows with energy-efficient ones in the coming year at even higher rates than before. As we’re spending more time at home, we notice irritating drafts and temperature regulation issues throughout the day. But when it’s time to replace your windows, make sure you choose a contractor who will install custom-built windows that create a perfect seal with your home, or you won’t benefit from the energy efficiency new windows can bring.
7. Closets and Designated Storage Space
With more time spent at home and the conversion of spaces to home offices or kids' virtual learning areas, there is a trend towards better organization and clutter reduction. Many homeowners are installing closet systems to keep everything in its place, and some are even renovating areas to create finished storage rooms in the basement.
8. Home Automation
New technology for the home is rapidly advancing with new options seemingly every day! With smart home devices, you can control things in every room of the house. Innovations we’re seeing include lighting controls, security systems, thermostatic showers, self-closing blinds, hands-free faucets, and programmable settings for recipe cook times and temperatures. There are so many pieces of hardware that can connect to your smart home device; all you have to do is have them installed.
9. Kitchen Renovations
There have been so many advancements in kitchen appliances and cabinetry, but there have also been changes in how we view the kitchen layout. Many homeowners are finding that cramped outdated kitchens that subscribed to the idea of a work triangle, where the refrigerator, oven, and sink are in a rough triangle, no longer fit modern households. Today we see expansive remodels following a zone approach emphasizing prep space, cooking, and washing areas. In 2021 we expect to see more homeowners opening up their kitchen space and replacing their old appliances with ENERGY STAR® certified ones for maximum efficiency.
10. Building Additions and Finishing Basements
In a time of economic uncertainty, many homeowners choose to renovate their existing home rather than move. But many people need more space as the family grows or as they find that they need more areas for a home office, gym, playroom, or guest suite. Finishing a basement or adding an entirely new addition is a great way to get the space you need in the house you already have.
If you’re ready to update your home this year, the remodeling experts at Brothers are excited to help you get started. Find out what happens when we combine over 30 years of remodeling experience with the latest innovations in home improvement. Schedule a consultation to talk about your project and get recommendations based on your unique home and vision.