Over the course of the last year or so, we’ve all had some extra time to look around our homes with new eyes. Maybe you noticed a leaky kitchen sink or cluttered shelves. Maybe you’ve noticed your decor tastes have changed or your lack of home security. All of our homes can use a little improvement now and then. Ready to make some improvements of your own? Here are the best savvy home improvements you can make this year.
Whether it’s a small fix or a total remodel, kitchen upgrades are at the top of many homeowner’s home improvement lists. Industry experts expect to see renovations in the kitchen area that make use of the space and its functionality; think large kitchen islands, for example. Additionally, the National Kitchen and Bath Association projects that induction and gas cooking appliances are increasing in popularity, which means that these appliances will likely continue to be a top trend in kitchen remodeling throughout this year.
Is your home smart? Smart home technology can instantly connect you to your home, wherever you may be. With a smart doorbell equipped with a camera, you can see who’s at the front door from anywhere, whether you’re at the office or in the living room. And with home automation technology, you can create routines for connected devices around your home, such as scheduling the lights to turn off at night or automatically locking the doors when you leave home in the morning. Not only can smart home devices save you time so you can get back to doing what you love, but smart home devices are also easy to operate, and they can help to keep your home more secure, too.
Working from the sofa got you down? You’re not alone. About 42 percent of the United States labor force was working from home full-time in June of 2020, according to data reported by Stanford. Whether you’ve transitioned back into the office or if you’re still working remotely, a home office is not only a savvy improvement for the short-term but a worthwhile investment for the future. According to Zillow, having a room in your home dedicated as a home office is a solid bonus as new home buyers are looking for dedicated home office space. If you have an empty guest bedroom or finished basement, you may want to transform that unused space into a home office.
Staying active and fit poses a myriad of benefits to your overall health and well-being. And while gyms and fitness studios transition back to normal, you can bring the gym home by creating a home fitness studio or exercise room. Sales of fitness equipment boomed last year. According to Businesswire, fitness equipment sales grew by 170 percent in 2020. If you purchased a fitness mirror, set of free weights, or stationary bike last year, don’t let it collect dust. Create an exercise room so that you can break a sweat. This popular renovation shows no signs of slowing down, so what are you waiting for? Make this year the year where you mark off your home improvement to-do list. Whether you’re ready to automate or if you’re ready to transform a spare room into a home office, these savvy home improvements are here to inspire your next renovation.