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Changes in Common Project Trends

A survey released by the National Association of Home Builders in 2012 suggests that common remodeling projects have increased. Bathroom and kitchen remodeling remain to be two of the most common types of projects that are set up, as they have consistently maintained since 2001. After the point of 2009, bathroom and kitchen remodeling switched and bathrooms became the most frequent type of project for professional remodeling. Seventy eight percent of survey respondents mentioned that bathroom remodeling was now one of the most common remodeling jobs, putting it at an all time high in comparison to previous results.

Homeowners have been asking for more of a luxury spa setting to their new bathrooms and want to have closets that offer features. Many want materials such as televisions built into the mirrors, recycled glass tiles, exotic wood finishes, and more sophisticated lighting options. Some other popular requests include step-in tubs, shower stall benches and rails, and many other additions that help homeowners to stay within the same home as they begin to age. Both kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects have gone up 17 percent in comparison to the results that were available two years ago.

The motivation that many homeowners have towards remodeling has changed over this period of time. The top two reasons for remodeling used to be the need for repair and to replace old or outdated components; alternatively, people often also wanted to upgrade to newer amenities. Over 50 percent of remodelers have said that these two reasons for remodeling have become more common over the past two years. However, in contrast, more than 20 percent of remodelers have also mentioned there was a decrease in customers remodeling to help increase their home value.

In the past, homeowners used to remodeling their homes in more detail because they wanted to increase the value of their home so that they would get a better return on it when the time came for them to sell the property. These days, most homeowners aren’t interested in remodeling for this reason. The majority of the remodeling projects that are occurring now seem to be greatly influenced by determining what changes to the property would make the homeowners or their families the most happy. The goal is to ensure that individuals can maximize their space and their enjoyment of that space in the long run. Remodeling to accommodate changes in the amount of people who are living in the property is also less popular of a reason for remodeling projects now.

Regardless of the reasons why people become interested in remodeling, many homeowners are starting to focus more on having professional remodelers handle their projects instead of trying to tackle the projects on their own. Not only do they have the assurance of knowing that they will have high quality results, but they also know that if there are any problems with the remodeling itself, they can always contact the remodeler and have the work fixed until it is more functional.

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.