Kitchens and Baths Continue to Be Most Popular for Home Remodeling Projects
To kick off National Home Remodeling Month, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers has released new survey results revealing the most popular home remodeling jobs completed in 2014.
Remodelers report that kitchen and bathroom remodels remain the most popular, and that home owners' top motivation for remodeling was to upgrade with newer, better features in their homes.
"As the country's financial footing improves, clients are better able to realize their home design dreams. While remodels prompted by repairs remain common, home owners have more discretionary funds available for upgrades, so better style, comfort and safety motivate more home improvement projects," said Robert Criner, NAHB Remodelers Chairman and a home remodeler from Newport News, Virginia. "Whatever the reason for undertaking a home remodel, NAHB Remodelers remains committed to professionalism and helping home owners create the home of their dreams."
The survey found that both bathroom and kitchen remodels were up 6 and 7 percent from 2013, respectively, rebounding strongly from historic lows in 2010. Bathroom remodels were cited as a common job by 78 percent of remodelers, a return to an all-time high level.
From simple projects like window and door replacements to complex plans for whole home remodels and transforming basements into living space, the survey found that virtually all remodel project types increased in popularity in 2014.
Repairs and replacements of old components and the desire for upgraded amenities were cited as the top reasons for customers to hire a remodeler. The survey also found that a need for more space and a reluctance to move to a new home were popular drivers for home owner remodeling.
After kitchens and bathrooms, the most popular remodeling categories were window/door replacements, whole house remodels, room additions, property damage repairs, and handyman services.
For more information about home remodeling during National Home Remodeling Month and year-round, visit nahb.org/remodel.