A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are spending more time at our homes than ever before. Our living spaces have gone beyond their usual purpose by turning into an office, classroom, and gym. As a result, homeowners witnessed a significant change in their relationship with their living spaces as well as how they relax, work, cook, and entertain within their homes.
This renewed appreciation for home living led many of us to innovate and seek changes in our homes. According to Houzz, an online home remodeling platform, they saw a 58% increase in project leads for custom home builders and home professionals during the first half of 2020 than the previous years. The reason behind this is that homeowners are foregoing vacations and investing in home renovation projects to make their homes an enjoyable and safer place.
If you want to be a part of this emerging home trend, you may start investing in renovation projects for your home. It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning to stay at your home or selling it in the near future, what’s important is to make your home as comfy as possible for the years to come. Renovations will not only increase its selling value, but you get to enjoy the perks of an aesthetically pleasing home. With this in mind, here are some home renovation trends to look out for this 2021.
Transform unused rooms
According to Finder’s analysis of the US Census, there are around 33.6 million spare bedrooms across America. The door to your spare bedroom offers plenty of space potential instead of just using it as a stockroom. Many homeowners have unused spaces that they underutilize or never use. But since most of our activities are now taking place inside our homes, this opens an opportunity to rethink how we use our living space.
Most homeowners are turning their dining rooms to home offices and choosing to have meals in the kitchen or living room. But if your home already has a home office, there are plenty of ways to make spare rooms more purposeful. One example is to transform the dining room as an extension of the kitchen. If you’re spending a lot of time in the kitchen, expand it by creating a small walk-in pantry. You can also combine the kitchen and dining space, where the family can cook and eat together in a single area.
If you need additional square footage, why not complete the unfinished basement and turn it into a health and fitness area, such as a yoga, gym, or exercise room? Another idea is to transform it into a wellness area or a home salon where the hairstylist or manicurist can provide their services to your family. The garage and attic spaces are also worth renovating. If you want a separate space for school or office work, you can turn these rooms into a work or studio area.
Spruce up the outdoor area
Since people are now spending a considerable time indoors, outdoor spaces such as gardens and backyards have become more valuable for the average homeowner. In normal circumstances, the role of yards, balconies, and terraces has reduced compared to interior spaces. But because of COVID-19, homeowners gradually recognize the value of outdoor spaces for future sale.
Improving the curb appeal involves maximizing the yard’s appearance and usability. Do this by adding smart investments, such as an outdoor kitchen, rain covers, or sunshade. You can also create a personal jungle by hiring a professional landscape artist. Extra seating such as colorful cushions on build-in benches will make the yard look inviting for outdoor picnics and physically distanced gatherings.
Apply kitchen upgrades
We all have to admit that our kitchen is the busiest part of every home. That is why it makes sense to make it more beautiful and functional than ever. In fact, homes with smart kitchens are more in demand in real estate. Homebuyers are also eyeing kitchens not just for their appearance but also their functionality, where they have the freedom to cook multiple meals and store excess food and supplies.
Having a pantry is a must in modern kitchens. Since people are encouraged to store extra food during quarantines, homeowners need spacious storage to store pantry items. For the aesthetics, installing marble for the countertop and backsplash will give the kitchen a streamlined and modern look.
No matter the project, there are plenty of ways to make home renovation a reality. If you’re strapped for cash, start by making minor improvements until you have enough savings for major renovations. As you move on with your projects, recognize your limits and don’t rely on guesswork. Consult professional help with projects related to electrical wiring, structure, and other complex and hazardous projects.