Thinking about a home improvement project? Stephenson Construction can advise you every step of the way.
At the planning stages, you may want to consider some of the hottest trends in home remodeling in 2023!
1. Energy-efficient upgrades:
Homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to save on energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint, so expect to see more renovations that prioritize energy efficiency, such as installing solar panels, upgrading insulation, and replacing windows and doors with more energy-efficient models.
Getting rid of older appliances and switching to newer, more energy efficient models can also play a huge role in increasing savings on bills and can oftentimes even have tax advantages. Your home’s resistance to heat or “R value” determines your energy efficiency.
Upgrading your insulation while also ensuring vents, ducts and windows are properly sealed will minimize the need for as much air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter. Finally, migrating to more energy efficient sources of lighting such as LED lights is also a growing trend. While upgrading requires a monetary investment initially, there will be a savings in the long run.
2. Outdoor living spaces:
The pandemic has made many people appreciate the outdoors more than ever before, and this has led to a surge in demand for outdoor living spaces like decks, patios, screened in porches, outdoor living rooms and even outdoor kitchens.
We are currently seeing even more elaborate outdoor living spaces that feature amenities like full kitchens, firepits and fireplaces, water features, and outdoor living and entertaining spaces that include sound systems and TVs.
These additional living spaces outside of the home provide an extra space for entertaining friends and family, a separate space for children to play or a quiet respite to appreciate nature.
Patios and living spaces behind the home can provide a more private place while adding or making improvements to a front porch will not only add extra space but improve the curb appeal of a home and therefore the overall value.
3. Home offices:
As remote work has become more common, many homeowners are looking to create dedicated home offices that are comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
We are seeing more renovations that transform unused spaces like attics, basements, spare bedrooms, bonus space above garages and even formal dining rooms into home offices.
Adding built in shelving, drawers and extra storage will help make the workflow more efficient. You may want to consider using a space where the natural lighting is good. Another more involved approach would be to consider building an addition to your home.
4. Natural materials:
There is a growing trend toward using natural, sustainable materials and green technologies in home remodeling projects. Types of sustainable materials include wood, stone, bamboo, insulated concrete forms, green thermal insulation, and reclaimed materials such as steel, wood and rubber.
This trend is largely driven by a long terms cost savings, an increase in demand for this more socially conscious approach and ultimately improved property values. This trend is likely to continue as homeowners seek to create warm and inviting spaces that feel connected to nature.
5. Smart home technology:
With the rise of smart home technology, there are a plethora of smart trends and applications that homeowners have the option of integrating into their homes.
The Internet of Things or IoT has made its way into many residences and has moved beyond simply asking Alexa to play a favorite song.
Multiple rooms within a home can now be controlled by the touch of an app on a phone or with a voice command and include monitoring a security system from a remote location, turning lights on and off and adjusting the thermostat. Certain refrigerators can now help monitor when certain grocery items are low and add them to your Amazon Alexa account for shopping.
Another trend that we’ve seen rise since the pandemic is smart home technology focused on a healthier home. Moving beyond thermostats, some humidifiers, air purifiers and air conditioners are helping to create living spaces with higher air quality that is healthier.
The great news is that the ability to incorporate these high-tech tools into your home has become easier and as long as you have a smartphone, wi-fi connection and a power outlet, the average person will be able to take advantage of what the IoT has to offer.
These are several of the top trends we’re seeing at Stephenson Construction.
We have the experience and expertise to advise you as you consider your home improvement project that incorporates these trends and other features.
We would love to work together to help you create your dream space!