Popular Home Remodeling Projects in 2022

Remodeling projects can make your home more enjoyable and functional. In a time when people are seeking out ways to modernize their spaces, remodeling projects are more popular than ever. The experts at ProRemodeler magazine, identified 5 Remodeling Projects Expected to Boom in 2022.  Find out what’s in store for a majority of homeowners this year.

Better outfitted mudrooms

This functional space will avoid frantic searches for keys, backpacks, gloves, hats, lost socks, and more by constructing a mudroom that is dedicated to different needs. Functions in high demand are:

  • Drop-off areas for package and grocery-store deliveries; pet washing stations with an oversized sink or shower pan and storage;
  • Specified storage for each family member;
  • Laundry equipment area complemented with shelves, a counter for folding, and a sink;
  • A central charging station for everyone’s tech tools; and
  • Something fun such as a boot dryer

More specialized outdoor “rooms”

Creating the equivalent of rooms in a backyard started pre-pandemic, but after sheltering indoors, more homeowners asked their remodeling professionals to build different spaces to suit favorite interests, including:

  • An outdoor kitchen with a grill, water source, and the newest bell and whistle: a pizza oven.
  • A firepit or fireplace and lawn or terrace to set out a large screen and chairs to watch movies,
  • An edible garden, and trellises to plant up and conserve land.

More window, door and wall glazing to savor nature

The trend of homeowners wanting to feel as though they are outdoors even when they can’t be is expected to continue as nature is considered a boon to wellness. Remodelers expect requests to change out windows and doors, and sometimes an entire wall to fit larger glass options.

More flexible home offices

Another pandemic lesson was the importance of having a place for adults to conduct office work and children to do homework. Even as many return to the workplace and school, coronavirus numbers are expected to make adaptable areas popular.

Accessory dwelling units

Increased approval from planning and building departments has boosted accessory dwelling unit (ADU) popularity, especially as a housing solution for homeowners needing space for returning grown children, for renters to help meet the shortage of affordable housing, and older parents wanting to age in place privately in what is often called a “granny flat.”

 

 

A Marriage Of Color: Pantone reveals the Color of the Year 2021

As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2021 selections are spirited and emboldened, satisfying our quest for vitality. Illuminating (Pantone 13-0647) is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. Ultimate Gray (Pantone 17-5104) is emblematic of solid and dependable
elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.

We may have had our fill of grey rooms these past few years but that’s only because it was showcased exclusively on its own, We should learn to use on-trend color with others to balance and make it our own. Gray looks great with orange or yellow. Why not pair it with navy, white and fuchsia or with light blue and pea green.

For 22 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Usage
A marriage of strength and optimism, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating do not have to be used in equal proportions, either color can take precedence whether for apparel, beauty, home furnishings, product design or packaging.

We see colors. We also experience and feel the colors that surround us. The pantone colors of 2021 are an insightful combination of resilience and positivity.

Many people are choosing to use gray as a base throughout their entire home, Ultimate Gray, a neutral, mid-tone gray is strong, but also soothing, like the comfort of an old sweater and easy to live with. Illuminating, a sunny yellow with a vibrant spirit is strong enough to use independently. However, in this case, a little goes a long way.

In Apparel and Fashion Accessories
Illuminating punctuated by a touch of Ultimate Gray conveys a message of sunshine and strength. Enduring Ultimate Gray provides a great bouncing off point with Illuminating bringing in some brightness by way of a scarf, footwear, handbag, shawl, tops. With its energetic presence the marriage of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are a great combination for activewear. The high visibility contrast of Illuminating and Ultimate Gray adds to its appeal for outerwear.

In Beauty
A mix of warm and cool tones, combining Ultimate Gray and Illuminating in hair or nail makes a dramatic statement. Illuminating sparkles and shimmers when paired with Ultimate Gray in eye make-up.

In Packaging and Multi-Media Design
Pairing Illuminating, the color of highest visibility and reflectivity with resilient Ultimate Gray produces a visually noticeable message no matter where it appears. The coupling of Illuminating with Ultimate Gray infuses a message of vitality into a firm foundation of reliability, wisdom and experience for packaging and multi-media design.

In Home Decor
Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are a great combination to set the mood in any room in the home adding a dose of sunshine and positivity. Juxtaposing Illuminating with Ultimate Gray in table linens, sheeting and home accessories including pillows and tabletop infuses vitality and liveliness.

Test the waters by using it in a space that you want a little pick-me-up; think laundry room and as a complementary color to brighten up a gray space with pillows, accessories, flowers and even your front door.

Painting a front door in bright yellow Illuminating conveys a warm and welcoming message when supported by solid and dependable Ultimate Gray in the exterior finishes. The ideal combination for any office whether in the home or in a commercial space with Ultimate Gray providing the firm foundation for Illuminating, a vibrant yellow that heightens awareness and enhances intuition, lighting the way to the intellectual curiosity, originality, and resourcefulness of an open mind.

About the Pantone Color of the Year
“This year’s colors project hope and vibrancy in the juxtaposition of Illuminating against the steady calm of Ultimate Gray,” said Teresa Scudero, a member of NKBA, a professional member of the Interior Design Society and owner of TDS Designs (Tdsdesigns.net). “A strong and bold color combination that can be fun and fabulous at the same time.”

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles and socio-economic conditions.

“Pantone is a leader in color forecasting, not only for interior design but for fashion and product design as well,” Lanza said.

Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

Visit www.pantone.com to learn more about the Pantone Color of the Year for 2021.

Will the construction industry be able to keep up with the home remodeling boom?

With all of last year’s turmoil, few people expected the home remodeling industry to grow almost 6% from the previous year.

2019 was a banner year in itself with $383 billion in construction, and 2020 is anticipated to reach $405 billion.

Four factors have spurred the growth:

  1. Accelerated new home prices
  2. Low inventory of for-sale existing homes
  3. Wide spread desire to get out of urban areas
  4. Low interest rates by the Fed

The spring 2020 economic uncertainty led to consumers of all ages and demographics desiring home renovations.

At the same time, one demographic factor is the transition of boomers and older homeowners out of their existing residence into smaller accommodations.

Potentially 11 million homeowners will be moving on or out, while 15 million younger households will be scratching for homes.

Interestingly, younger home buyers, given the choice of a condominium or an existing fixer-upper, are more apt to pursue the latter and plunge into remodeling.

Up to 40% of the kitchen and bath renovations are done by millennials and Gen-Xers. This is not news to most real estate agents today. With the current high cost of obtaining the tarnished American dream of new home ownership, young buyers are kicking the tires, or aluminum siding, for shelter.

According to the Harvard Research’s analysis of the leading indicator of remodeling activity, or LIRA, expect slower growth in 2021 but 2% quarter-over-quarter increases.

The remodeling industry had doubled in 10 years. While new home sales are strong, they are still outside the reach of many younger households

Naturally, every region is different.

The North Bay has had an enormous amount of fire replacement and earthquake repairs that are still happening. Small repairs and basic one item improvements, such as new flooring, takes a different track than larger projects requiring multiple technicians and skills. Whenever multi-tasked renovations occur, the time lines and the construction costs escalate.

At the same time, construction materials prices have exploded, and the supply lines are faltering.

Lumber has exploded 55%–63% in some areas. The timelines for construction have telescoped 20%: A project that should have taken four months is taking five months or longer.

What the market is still anxiously looking for is if COVID-19 will permanently affect our spending habits.

An important milestone in determining if a remodeling is needed is the age of the last renovation. As a general rule, 16-20 years is the life expectancy of a remodel.

As the finishes and sustainability disappears, the desire to catch up with the latest looks, materials and finishes start to wear through. The appetite to renovate one’s home is greater among younger households who are more media savvy and aware of latest trends.

One of the biggest challenges will be finding professional contractors and subcontractors.

Many small contractors have fallen on hard times and are not coming back. The Paycheck Protection Program from the CARES ACT helped 83,036 remodelers and subcontractors with their payroll obligations, but there’s no assurance that they will be back.

It becomes an open question on how many remodelers and professionals will be able to survive into 2021 with the continuing market uncertainties that include longer construction times and disrupted supply chains.

It would appear that the smaller contractors and professionals will be leaving while only long-term well-capitalized businesses with a steady source of skilled labor will survive.

Construction and renovation have been the first industrial sectors to emerge in every economic downturn or recession since World War ll.

Small builders and contractors represent the vast majority of America’s home building and remodeling industries, not big corporations. These are the businesses that will generate the jobs and raise the overall living standards in this country.

Not the government, not the unions and certainly not the retail business importing cheap goods to sell out of big box stores or deliver to your door. The home building and renovation industry is the main engine that will take the US out of this economic quagmire.

So, tell me this: Why are kitchens getting humongous and people cooking less? Why have a huge kitchen island to eat your DoorDash delivery?

Oklahoma couple uncover hidden shower during bathroom renovation

A couple who finally bought their first house together were shocked to find a secret bathroom hidden behind a wall.

A mother, named Mia Bug, has been sharing her first-time buyer journey on TikTok after she and her partner snapped up a home in Oklahoma, with an exposed stone fireplace and sliding doors.

In a video Mia explained they were told the house, which comes with a half-acre plot, had a boarded up drain—but they weren’t prepared for what they actually found.

In a now-viral video the pair filmed the moment they took down the flimsy wooden covering, only to discover a fully tiled walk-in shower, which even has the caddy and soap dish still attached to the wall.

Mia captioned the video, which has since been viewed more than a million times: “Renovation finds… why.”

The parents explained more about the hidden bathroom in

a follow-up clip, revealing they’d been made aware the seller had boarded up a drain.

They said: “We were in search of our first home, we had a budget of under $150,000 if possible, which is really hard in this market. And we knew there was some work which was going to have to be done, naturally.

“The seller told us that it was closed off because it was a leaking drain pan and that it was a small fix, wasn’t going to cost much to fix but they just didn’t have the time and energy to do it, so they covered it up.

“And so we were like, yeah no problem that’s fine, we get it, you’re older, it’s whatever. So you boarded it up that way, you know, you didn’t want to use it I guess. So we took the wall down and obviously found what you just saw. And we were not expecting that at all, we were expecting just a leaking drain pan.”

The clip shows the dad standing on a toilet seat to rip down the wall, indicating the space had once been a full bath.

Ever since the video went viral the pair have been responding to numerous comments about the sale, explaining why they weren’t aware of the size of the bathroom.

When asked why they didn’t get a floorplan, or a blueprint, Mia said: “You have to purchase it if you want it here. But it didn’t matter because nothing is original. There is so many changes to this house from original blueprints. They also converted the garage into a liveable space.” [sic]

She went on to say both the appraiser and house inspector were told about the cavity, but they had no idea of the condition.

“We knew it was a shower, just not the condition. We had an inspection. Everyone knew it was there, but with the wall the seller had to decide to remove. It isn’t worth fighting for,” she added.

Despite the pair being shocked at the find, and potential costs to fix it, numerous people pointed out their house—which has another full bath—will likely go up in value if they’re able to turn the space into a functioning bathroom.

Thesassycynic said: “But your half bath is now a full bath. Why are we upset about that? Makes the house worth more.”

Agreeing, Tim Howe pointed out: “Just added value to the home once you fix it up!”

Rhonda howled: “They left the little rack up.”

Kchill joked: “Someone’s trying to hide a crime scene.”

And Juliet P. admitted: “I was waiting for acorns in the wall not a bathroom!”