Pandemic Home Remodeling Trends
If over the last five months you have been looking around your home contemplating all the things you want to change or add, you are not alone. Sheltering in place has made us all rethink our living spaces. Maybe you are desiring a fresh look. Perhaps you want to create a playroom for the kids or a home gym for yourself. Or, as we are seeing more now, a home office – or two. We have experienced a definite uptick in home remodeling requests since the eruption of COVID-19, and according to Houzz, so are builders and contractors across the country.
Houzz stated that it saw a 58% increase in project leads for home professionals this past June compared to June 2019. Interest in home additions and extensions grew 52% and kitchen and bath remodels grew 40%. People are definitely looking for ways to improve their homes and how they can better enjoy spending time there.
In another survey by Porch.com, more than 75% of all U.S. homeowners surveyed said they had done some type of home improvement project during the pandemic. And, more than three-quarters said they would do some type of project in the next 12 months because they finally have the time, want to add value to the home, or simply want to make their living space more cozy.
Craving for Customization
According to Houzz’s findings, homeowners are looking for ways to personalize their spaces through home remodeling projects. There were huge percentage increases for all of the following improvements:
• Built-ins 128%
• Bookcases 126%
• Exterior Doors 107%
• Shelving 99%
• Walk-in Closets 59%
Creating a Home Office
With the overnight shift to a remote workforce, it is no surprise that homeowners want to have a dedicated office space. As a recent article in the New York Times noted, many homeowners are converting garages and basements into offices or adding on to their existing footprint to make room for office space.
Expanding Living Space Outdoors
Renovating the outdoor space has also been very popular. According to the Porch.com survey, 61% of the homeowners surveyed were doing some type of exterior work on the home, including updates to the garden and patio.