I recently received a request from NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) on behalf of a Twin Cities publication asking for my input on trends in remodeling . This is what I sent them:
I have been a Designer / Remodel Consultant with Murphy Bros. Designers & Remodelers for the past seven years. For me, there has been an increase in the number of clients looking for areas of retreat in their home. There are more spa-like bathrooms with upgraded shower fixtures and outdoor rooms/screen porches. People want to enjoy their views from their backyard. Entertainment areas are also important, but I am currently getting more clients interested in integrating them into the main living area instead of being a separate dedicated Home Theater rooms with tiered seating. I would say that my clients work hard and want to enjoy their homes as their “sanctuary” away from the stresses of their busy lives. For many people, a new kitchen with an open floor plan to provide for entertaining their family / friends is their joy.
There has also been an increased number of people are looking at multi-generational living considerations and I can see that trend continuing to rise as more families accommodate college kids or aging parents into their homes. This can be in the form of a “mother-in-law apartment” or versatile / multi-purpose living space. I also foresee that Universal Design considerations will become more of the norm as consumers and builders understand them more.