2. ROOM FOR HOME OFFICE
Doug King, owner of King Contracting, a St. Petersburg, Florida design-build company and president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, says “Homeowners Don’t Add Living Space.” “Rather, they take out cabinets that are rarely used, like in the hallway, and move inside walls to make room.”
The home office trend is not going to go away anytime soon, he notes.
“Even after the pandemic is over,” says King, “many people will still work from home.” Because of this trend, the use of home technology is also increasing as households install, for example, Ethernet cables for computer networks and Bluetooth speakers.
A cure for this feeling of settling in is outdoor living areas.
“People want their backyards to be their oasis,” says King. In his area, he says, pools are the number 1 addition to backyards. Outdoor kitchens and fire pits are the next most popular.
Homeowners who spend more time at home may also be looking for remodeling projects that offer a nice view of the outside – for example, by installing larger windows or glass doors that let in more natural light.