Spotlight on sponsors: three tips for renovating in 2022

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One of the busiest years for renovators has been 2021, following the COVID-19 pandemic and in a highly competitive home buying market. Homeowners in 2022 continue to seek the expertise of professional remodelers to help them modernize their existing homes.

Renovators surveyed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the end of 2021 said demand for projects of all sizes remained even stronger than its peak in 2020. A big reason for this is record growth in the value of homes. houses.

“Higher equity provides homeowners with resources to improve their existing homes, supporting strong demand for renovations,” says Steve Cunningham, CAPS, CGP, a home improvement from Williamsburg, Va. “And with countless innovations in building products and design techniques, it’s an exciting time for homeowners looking to improve their homes.

As 2022 continues to be very busy for local renovators, here are three guidelines to consider if you’re considering renovating your home now:

Optimize space

Our lifestyles have evolved, as has our reliance on the home as a place of work and learning. After a few years of social distancing and modified work schedules, most owners who need a home office space have already created one. The next step is to make it versatile.

“Home office space has re-emerged as a staple, but it’s been redefined in a way,” says Ed Binkley, design director at BSB Design in Orlando. “Now it’s more about creating a space that’s flexible and can easily adapt to the unique needs of different people, whether they need a home office, a gym, or more space. for fun.”

Design for the future

Trendy colors and decor come and go. But something that will never go out of style is energy efficiency. “The vast majority of potential buyers we survey each year consistently rank having energy-efficient features throughout the home at or near the top of their priority list,” says Rose Quint, assistant vice president for research. by survey at NAHB.

Homeowners who incorporate green elements will benefit in the long term from energy savings, higher resale value and improved living comfort. Besides energy-efficient appliances, features that often go unnoticed but can have a significant impact include low-e windows, energy-efficient shingles and tiles, and spray foam insulation. Smart home devices can also generate significant energy savings. Remote and voice-activated lighting solutions, customizable thermostats, and automated whole-home security systems are popular integrations for today’s smart homes.

Stay flexible

Builders and remodelers expect supply-related delays in 2022-23. The challenges depend on the scope of your project and the types of materials needed. It is important that all parties set clear expectations for project milestones and remain flexible in the event of delays.

Experts recommend having a backup plan in case the renovation project is delayed. There may be a delay in new kitchen appliances and you will need alternatives for cooking and storing food. Or the bathroom finishes may take longer than expected to arrive and you will have to continue to rely on a secondary bathroom. Project interruptions can be inconvenient, but having alternate plans in place will make them more tolerable.

To learn more about home improvement projects and speak to a professional remodeler in your area, contact Irons Brothers Construction at www.ironsbc.com

— By Joseph & Melissa Irons, Irons Brothers Construction

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