Like most of us, by spending more time at home you’ve probably become more acquainted with all the flaws in your home: peeling paint, lack of storage in the kitchen or fraying carpet. If your home is on the smaller side, necessity is likely the driving factor. The need for a home office, classroom space for the kids or an in-law suite for elderly parents, Americans have been forced to use their houses differently.
According to Statista.com, sheltering at home clearly influenced demand with 76% of respondents stated they had made at least one improvement to their home during the coronavirus pandemic in the United States in 2020.
According to Porch.com, more than three-quarters of homeowners said they plan to take on a new project in the next 12 months. The top motivator was, “finally having the time,” according to the report. Next was adding value to the home and, finally, making the home “feel more cozy.”
Designers, architects and general contractors have been fielding calls from homeowners who are looking for ways to improve or expand areas in their home for work, school and exercise. According to the home renovation site Houzz.com, professionals who list their services reported a 58% increase in requests from homeowners compared to the previous year, with queries about home extensions and additions up 52%. Some homeowners are converting garages into work studios, or adding a shed in the yard for an office. Others are renovating the basement to turn it into a yoga studio or a classroom.
Not surprisingly, over the summer outdoor projects saw the biggest increase in demand, as reported by the NY Times, with searches for pool and spa professionals three times what they were a year ago. Not far behind, landscape contractors, deck and patio professionals all saw more than double the demand. Requests for customizable backyard sheds ranging from simple storage spaces to elaborate tiny cabins are on the rise.
If you’re considering expanding that kitchen for all the meals you’re making at home, putting on that addition to give you more space or adding another bathroom so that your family isn’t fighting over the shower, you’ll have to find a contractor. As advised on Forbes.com, take your time, call references, check licenses and be flexible.