There will continue to be a steady rise in the renovation industry in the years ahead, according to the most recent Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA). Growth in yearly home remodeling and repair expenditure is expected to be in the mid-single digits in 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. According to the JCHS estimate for the fourth quarter of 2020, the DIY home-improvement boom witnessed during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic will not be maintained long-term.
However, to set those wish lists and projects in motion, we enlisted the help of a variety of interior design professionals to share their predictions for the following year. In 2022, let's keep up the renovations!
Better outfitted mudrooms
Designers might transform an unused area like a garage or laundry room into an entryway mudroom. Mudrooms may be created by converting an existing garage or laundry room, according to Laurel Vernazza Gecek of The Plan Collection, an online provider of home designs.
A premium vinyl tile floor that's waterproof and simple to maintain is ideal, as are several recessed LED lights. Pet washing stations with enormous sinks or shower pans, as well as designated storage for each family member, are in great demand. Laundry equipment spaces with shelves, counters for folding, and sinks are also high order. A central charging station for everyone's gadgets, as well as a fun toy like a boot drier.
More specialized outdoor "rooms"
There was a noticeable increase in demand for outdoor kitchens this year, according to landscape architect Ryan Kettelkamp. The only requirements were a pizza oven, a grill, and a water supply; it didn't have to be as good as their indoor one. Recommend that clients limit down their options.
Using high rectangular wood planters, metal troughs, and huge frost-resistant pots may help gardeners avoid bending and weeding. After a year of avoiding the grocery store, some people may want a fireplace, a yard, or patio where they can set up a large screen and chairs to watch movies, as well as an edible garden. Keep animals out of your crops by erecting a fence that is both deep and high, according to Kettlekamp.
It also discovered that people are spending more time mowing their lawns and repairing their gardens. If the weather becomes chilly, propose that your customers buy an outside heater like restaurants employ to keep guests warm in the great outdoors.
More windows, doors, and walls to enjoy nature
Even when they can't go outside, people want to feel like they are. This tendency is anticipated to continue. Be prepared to replace windows and doors, and even a whole wall, if necessary, to accommodate larger-paned glass. Designers note that some like garage-style glass doors that roll up for a more edgy aesthetic. Mick De Giulio of de Giulio Kitchen Design, a Chicago-based designer, likes to add windows as high as feasible in kitchens.
According to De Giulio, "A view and a drink are favored." It's also a plus for De Giulio that manufacturers make slimmer windows and doors available. Christine Marvin, vice president of design at Marvin, cites the company's Contemporary window line as an example of achieving a narrow modern style.