Top Home Remodeling Trends for 2021

It is a fact of life; The longer we spend in our homes, the more time we need to look around and see what works (and what doesn’t) for us.

More than 3/4 of US homeowners did some kind of home improvement project in 2020. While relief is in sight, waiting for the top home remodeling trends for 2021 might make the wait a little easier.

Interior designer and realtor Jennifer Burgess was recently on the Arizona Living, Your Home, Your Inspiration show, where she shared tips and trends with host Jane Clauss (video above).

We have transcribed this interview (edited slightly for clarity) so that you can jump straight to the section that interests you most.

Reshaping trends on the rise

Jane 12:16 – So Jen, tell us what kind of remodeling projects have been on the rise over the past year.

Jennifer Burgess 00:22 – We saw everything. And it really just comes down to where the house is and what the person’s budget is. But I’ve seen it all from restoring the interior paint to just taking a weekend and painting your house.

I’ve seen people tear up old floors and put in new hardwood floors or new carpets, and I’ve also seen as big and drastic as a new master bathroom, a new kitchen. It’s really just the range. But every project brings new life to a room.

Jane 00:53 – And what do you think is the reason for this desire to remodel the house? Where does it come from?

Jennifer 1:00 AM – Well I think just like everyone watching, we all had to spend a lot more time at home through 2020. So when you’ve been inside your own walls for so long, will you really notice the nuances of how you live and the details of your home and do the two go well together, or are there conflicts in the room? And I think, you know, after a few months people start to understand, my gosh, I’m not using this room or this room in my house the way I imagined. Is there any other purpose for it? I think you are becoming really aware of your surroundings.

Remodel the kitchen

Jane 01:37 – I’ve seen a lot of people renovating offices these days. And I’ve also heard of something called a zoom room. People create their own zoom rooms out of closets.

Jennifer 01:47 – Yeah, that’s for sure. The other trend that we’re also seeing is space for a home gym. So, whether it’s “Hey, I want to drag my peloton somewhere and have a workout room” or “I need a place for my yoga mat and some weights.” We also see people creating a small niche for it in their lives.

small remodeling

Small projects that have a big impact

Jane 02:06 – So if someone wants to spice up their home, what do you think they should do first?

Jennifer 2:11 – You know, the boring answer to that is your budget because you have to be so realistic about this process. Most, if not all, of the conversions I’ve seen take a lot longer than people think and cost more. So I would say first and foremost have a very honest discussion and decide what you can really endure. Do you know if a kitchen remodel is going to take four months, can you handle it?

But I’d say some of the biggest bangs for your money items that won’t take four months to repaint your interior, not only will it appear fresh and clean, it will also kind of give you that new house smell. And freshly painted walls are always a nice relief.

I would also say if you use the lights you can really update the exteriors of a house by simply turning off the lights around your garage, through your front door, and it will give your house a whole new life.

Jane 03:13 – Yeah, I love it. And these smaller projects can really make that big impact. We’re thinking about maybe swapping out the door handles in your kitchen for a little difference or an update or even doing a gallery wall with photos is one of the things I love to do. So some cute and easy DIY projects. What else can this big impact do without breaking the bank?

Jennifer 03:34 – You know how you said swapping your buttons and bars and painting your cabinets too. There are so many unique things to do with color these days that this is a project that could be tackled in a weekend.

Other things I’ve seen are basically some interesting embellishments and maybe a different color. Not necessarily your whole house, but maybe the paneling around the doors in your baseboards. Go to your local hardware store, buy 1 x 2 pieces of wood, and you can start creating designs on your walls. It’s really cool and makes a room look brand new.

Wall remodel color

Jane 04:12 – I love it. Well, it’s really an exciting time to be a homeowner and in the real estate market and even the home improvement market. Do you think these trends will continue into 2021?

Jennifer 04:23 – You know, I think they will only do it because over the past 12 months people have become very aware of their surroundings and of their life in their rooms. I think we will still see that people have an appetite for refreshment, renovation, maybe even a demo and new building.

Jane 04:45 – For more information on Jennifer’s designs, just visit her Instagram.

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