Bathroom and kitchen remodels big and small are more popular than ever.
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Or, if you're hiring help, you're most likely to be tackling a bathroom or kitchen remodel, or replacement of windows and doors. Those projects ranked as top requests in a recent survey of remodelers by the National Association of Home Builders.
That's the case locally, too, said Aaron Bryant, who works in sales at Ferguson Enterprises and is the president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry's greater Omaha chapter.
He said consumers usually want a clean and contemporary look. But in older houses, he's seeing a lot of interest in restoring the home's original materials.
Another popular trend, he said, is bathrooms becoming “sanctuaries.” Showers with car-wash body sprays and rain heads and iPod docks are examples.
“They basically want their showers to have a resort feel,” Bryant said.
For jobs big and small, more people are getting their inspiration from remodeling and decorating shows, said Mike Novak, a pro desk supervisor at Home Depot near 127th and L Streets.
“People are trying to be thrifty with their money, and so more are willing to take projects on themselves,” he said.
Homeowners also are interested in making their homes more energy-efficient with new windows, doors and insulation, Novak said.
As the summer approaches, many Home Depot shoppers are interested in spicing up outdoor spaces such as building their own fire pits and gardens and replacing decks and patios.
Don Rowe, vice president of sales and marketing for Millard Lumber, agreed. He said he's seeing more consumers opt for deck materials made up of recycled plastic and wood fiber.
Though replacing a deck may require a professional, Novak said more consumers are likely to take on small projects like replacing faucets and toilets. Home Depot offers clinics to help consumers get started.
Yet changing up the look of your home doesn't have to be expensive or take weeks to complete, Rowe said. In the kitchen, for example, you can change the cabinets, back splash and sink or upgrade the counter tops. Just changing out the hardware on cabinets and drawers can “really freshen up the look,” he said.
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