With the economy improving, more Americans are moving forward with home renovation projects this year, according to a survey conducted by Houzz, the website devoted to home building and decorating.
Locally, the uptick in home improvement projects is already being seen at Hughes-Edwards Builders, which has been renovating and enlarging existing homes for clients for many years, in addition to building new custom homes.
The company completed more than 50 different home remodeling projects in the Nashville area last year.
The Houzz survey of more than 100,000 readers shows the percentage of homeowners delaying projects due to the economy has dropped to 45 percent from 52 percent the previous year.
Bathrooms and kitchens remain the most common home renovation projects as well as the most expensive ones, even as most homeowners acknowledge that the family TV room is the place where they spend the most time.
Last year’s survey uncovered the fact that most homeowners are more interested in home improvements to please themselves, and not necessarily the next owner.
Helping people create unique, more ideal living spaces for themselves within their existing home is second nature to a custom design and build company like Hughes-Edwards.
“I’d say that the majority of the people we work with on home renovation projects are doing it to please themselves,” said Hughes-Edwards’ partner Bryan Edwards.
The firm has recently been working with several renovation clients whose children have grown up and left home, creating opportunities to use rooms and spaces in new ways.
Currently, Hughes-Edwards is performing a whole house renovation and expansion project that includes a kitchen and breakfast nook renovation, powder room, family room and pantry addition, new bedrooms, wraparound porches, home technology upgrades and new outdoor living spaces.
But the company is also experienced in smaller home renovations, including bathroom remodels to permit aging in place, and outdoor living rooms with fireplaces.
Homeowners who are concerned about making choices that will help sell their house will benefit from expert advice from Hughes-Edwards’ designers and real estate experts, Edwards said.
These personnel can help figure out what’s appropriate style wise for a house, and help with understanding neighborhood property values, too.
According to the Houzz survey, 58 percent of respondents planning a home renovation project said they will be hiring a professional to help them. Please visit the Hughes Edwards Builders Profile on HOUZZ to read our customer’s reviews and browse project photos. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation about your remodeling or New Build project, please fill out the form below. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Phone’ type=’text’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]