You may want to avoid spending money on fads (short-lived trends that won’t pay off long-term) during a remodel, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid trends completely. Some trendy upgrades may be useful for your family’s lifestyle, may save you money over the years, or may even improve your home’s value long-term if the trend continues to grow.
Here are a few of the trends you can consider working into your next home addition remodel.
1. Smart Home Trends
Making your home work smarter, not harder, can be a great goal. But some homeowners may be wary of the smart home trend, wondering if it’s just a fad. This makes sense because after all, adding features that fall out of style later may not provide a great return on investment when the time comes to sell your home.
Although not every newfangled smart technology will necessarily help improve your home’s value significantly, you’ll find several that can be considered a great investment. These may include:
- Smart thermostats, which can be attractive to home buyers because they save money every year
- Smart home security systems, which can help keep homes and families safer
- Smart lighting systems, which offer the tantalizing potential to save 12% on energy bills
Some of these features may be house-wide but others (such as smart light systems) can be installed in just your home addition itself if your budget is limited.
While you can never be completely sure whether smart homes will drop in popularity in future decades, the smart home market is projected to strengthen quickly over the next several years. So adding some of these core smart home components to your home addition is likely a great use of your budget.
2. Eco-Friendly Trends
The eco-friendly housing market has grown in recent years and is expected to grow more in the near future. So styling and planning your home addition with eco-friendly principles can be a great move.
Some possibilities for incorporating eco-friendly principles into a home addition include:
- Choosing energy-efficient options for any doors and windows in the addition
- Making sure the addition is well-insulated
- Choosing eco-friendly building materials
- Using passive house design principles to reduce the addition’s heating and cooling needs
Some smart home technologies can also improve eco-friendliness by increasing energy efficiency. Your remodeling contractor can help you decide on the best ways to green your addition project while staying within your budget.
3. Work From Home Trends
Maybe you’ve worked your office job from home since near the beginning of 2020. Or maybe you were laid off and started a new work-from-home job. Either way, you may find that your home office space is too inconvenient, too cramped, or too poorly designed for frequent use, so you want to add on to improve your work-from-home space.
But will this trend pay off in the end? It may, since many other workers and families find the same inadequacies in their own work-from-home spaces. Not all of them can afford to solve the problem with a home addition. And many people will likely continue to work from home either some or all of the time, even after the pandemic is over.
For these reasons, you can be confident that a good home office space should continue to be a valuable asset over the next few years. So adding a home office space during your remodel is a good choice if you find that your current work-from-home area leaves something to be desired.
These are just a few of the trends you should consider when planning your next home addition. Knowing about these trends and their likelihood of continued popularity can help you make informed decisions when planning your home addition and even when deciding what type of addition to choose.
No matter what type of addition you need, DESIGNfirst Builders can help you design and construct it. We offer complete home addition services as well as other types of remodeling. Give us a call today to learn more.
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