Best Six Home Improvement Trends Show Where To Focus Your Remodeling Funds
Many people are looking to spend money on remodeling a home either to prepare it for resale or to maximize their own enjoyment of their living space. Any potential home improvement project needs to be balance the existing homeowner’s wishes with the concerns that the next owner may have. The best home improvement projects for homeowners to concentrate on are those that focus on energy efficiency, low maintenance features, and well-used space.
Maintenance Free Exteriors:
According to Remodeling Magazine, fiber-cement siding is one of the fastest-growing products on the siding market. It’s a combination of cement, sand, and cellulosic fibers but looks like wood. It won’t rot, combust, or become prey to termites and other wood-boring insects. Fiber-cement siding is more expensive than paint-grade wood, vinyl, and aluminum siding, $5 to $9 per sq. ft., installed. It returns 80% of investment, the highest return of any upscale project on Remodeling magazine’s latest Cost vs.Value Report. Maintenance is limited to a cleaning and some caulking each spring. Repaint every 7 to 15 years. Wood requires repainting every 4 to 7 years.
A Dedicated Laundry Room:
Sometime in the last two decades, the laundry room arose from the basement to the second floor where clothes actually are. The next evolution is a laundry room upstairs. If you’ve got the space, a dedicated laundry room is a great addition that will make a home much more livable.
Kitchens are the Heart of the Home:
Alccording to the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey houses are getting smaller but kitchens are getting bigger. The best kitchen remodels have open space, maybe incorporating the rarely used dining room, and feature recycling centers, large pantries, and recharging stations. People are opting for family-sized, mid-range models in appliances instead of the super-sized pricey commercial products that were rarely used. Prep space is important as well as hard-working storage solutions like cabinet organizers.
People today are supposedly accumulating less stuff, but we still want our storage solutions to be smart. Built-in storage solutions are popular, taking advantage of previously unused space, like under the stairs and overhead.
More people are working from home more often, as companies discover the cost-cutting advantages. We are also seeing a surge in entreprenuerial ventures with a demand for dedicated space in the home. Spare bedrooms and basements are becoming home offices and family room niches are doing double-duty as working spaces.
We’re focused on energy savings for green (earth) reasons as well as green (cash) reasons. Energy monitors are appreciated by today’s buyers who want to know the dollars and cents of the home they might buy.
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