What is it that homeowners are really looking for as they consider remodeling projects for their homes? What are the remodeling trends that homeowners really care about? Let’s be clear up front: What we’re talking about is not which colors are “hot” for 2017 in Seattle homes. We’re also not talking about whether chrome, nickel, or brass are the “right” choices for the faucets in your West Seattle home. What we’re considering here are the lifestyle changes (long range) that affect the way people in the Seattle area remodel their homes.
So what are the things that homeowners are thinking about—and wanting to do? In a recent (October 2016) survey of remodelers (who work for homeowners) by The Farnsworth group, there are nine things that top the list”
- Aging in Place (41.2 percent)
- Energy Efficiency (33.8 percent)
- Home Automation (28.4 percent)
- Outdoor Living (28.4 perdent)
- Multi-generational Housing (24.5 percent)
- Healthy Home (22.5 percent)
- Recycled Materials (21.6 percent)
- Sustainability (20.6 percent)
- Home Security (17.2 percent)
So what does that information mean for you if you’re considering a remodel? For one thing, it’s an indication of the kinds of things that Seattle-area homeowners consider important to ensure their homes are comfortable and will continue to meet their needs for years. But it also provides a look at what homebuyers are looking for. So if you have future plans to sell your home, the people who will be looking to purchase will be looking for homes that offer things on the list above.
The practical implication for you if you’re considering remodeling your Seattle-area home is that it makes sense to inform yourself about some of those topics before you launch into a remodeling project. It allows you to accomplish two things at once. You may simply want more room for your family, but with the help of a professional design/build remodeler you might be able to make that space one that accommodates aging in place. Or if you’re expanding living space you can do it in a way that will work for a multi-generational family(whether that’s your family or the family of someone who might want to purchase your home down the road). And if one of your goals is to increase your entertaining space, you might want to look at a plan that includes elements of outdoor living.
Walls can be repainted. Faucets and light fixtures can be replaced. Pillows and rugs can be switched out for fabrics and colors that are in vogue. But when you’re looking at a significant remodeling of the space in which you live—it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the trends that reflect changes in lifestyle.