How do you “rank” home renovation projects? Which ones are the best, and which ones are the worst? People have gone to great lengths to try and answer these questions, but the reality is that the answers are constantly changing. What’s popular one year may not be popular the next. Personal tastes also vary greatly. On top of that, people have different reasons for renovating their homes. One couple may undertake a complete kitchen upgrade in order to give their home more market appeal in order to sell it. Another family may undertake the same renovation project in order to improve their own lifestyle.
This is why the question of finding the “most popular” home renovations – in 2018 or in any year – is problematic from the start. The list is always changing, and it’s basically different for everyone.
All the same, we’re still going to look at some of the trendiest and most popular renovations this year.
1. Luxury basements
According to Bob Vila, 2018 is a big year for basement renovations. We’ve seen plenty of evidence that he may be right, but the idea of a luxury basement remodel is still problematic according to many industry sources. Of course it would be nice to have a home theatre setup, a custom bar, and various other luxurious upgrades to your as-yet-unfinished basement. The problem here is that your designs and concepts may actually be over-the-top and “limiting” for potential buyers. Many experienced renovators recommend basement renovations that are more generally tasteful and flexible, rather than adding too many luxurious amenities that future buyers may not appreciate.
2. Master suites
In keeping with the theme of luxury, more homeowners in 2018 are looking at ways to build out their very own master suites. It’s something that many homeowners dream about, but the price tag is often too high. Depending on the existing space you have, adding walk-in closets or a palatial master bathroom may be out of the question unless you actually create an addition for your home. On the other hand, removing a wall or eliminating a spare bedroom may give you the space you need to accomplish a master suite renovation. The best way to determine whether a master suite is possible for your home is to contact an experienced professional and get a free estimate.
3. Attic insulation
Let’s step away from the idea of luxury for a minute. One thing that will never go out of style is a renovation that improves the energy-efficiency of a home. In many cases, attic insulation is either insufficient or lacking in quality. The result is that heat is constantly lost through the attic during the winter. A professional attic insulation upgrade can make a huge difference, leading to significant cost savings over the long term. More homeowners are turning their attention to efficient upgrades like this in 2018.
The importance of timeless renovations
Personal taste and seasonal fads will always be a part of home renovation, and part of the joy of being a homeowner is that you get to experiment. That said, there are certain renovations that are widely considered timeless, and which hold value extremely well. Best of luck with your future renovation plans, and remember – if you’re looking for a home renovation contractor, make sure to find one that’s reputable, experienced, and highly rated in the community.