As 2023 continues, many design experts have pointed out several renovation trends that are growing in popularity, and they can be applied to both houses and apartments. One of the greatest impacts has been the COVID-19 pandemic, and while it’s finally coming to an end, it has drastically changed how people work and use their living spaces. Material costs have also risen, and the housing market’s prices are higher than ever. Due to this, many predict that future apartment renovations will focus mainly on comfort and functionality, and more optional projects won’t be as big of a priority as before. If they are taken on, it will likely be alongside a necessary repair or replacement of another home appliance.
With this in mind, what are the most trending apartment renovations this year? Five are listed here.
- Home Offices
Working at home is becoming the new normal for many jobs. So clearly, a growing renovation trend is making a functional office space. This can mean either building a whole new area of the apartment or upgrading an existing workspace to meet the job type’s standards. Not only is working from home more convenient for some people, but it allows them to work outside the standard 9-5 office hours that most traditional jobs provide. This can also help people like psychologists, therapists, teachers, and other jobs to work effectively online without spending extra on a commercial space for their business.
- Outdoor Spaces
While some apartments don’t have much access to connecting outdoor spaces, that doesn’t mean there aren’t places to gather outside. As the weather begins to warm up again, many people will want to gather outside, so making outdoor renovations where you can is a good choice. Upgrading a deck, patio, or even a balcony can give it a new flare and create a stunning area where anyone would want to gather. If there’s space, investing in an outdoor kitchen or barbeque would work too.
- Energy Efficiency
With renovation and market prices rising, finding ways to save money is very important. Today there are many efficient and eco-friendly ways to do this. Some popular methods are installing insulation, switching to solar panels, adding energy-efficient appliances, and purchasing low-flush toilets. Other more recent additions include getting a smart thermostat, installing a humidistat in the bathroom or other areas where water is common, and updating windows and doors to produce passive solar heating from the light they let into the living space.
- Bathroom and Kitchen Upgrades
Two spaces that are most used in any home are the kitchen and the bathroom. Therefore, it’s clear how these rooms will be given the highest priority renovations as appliances are replaced and updated to accommodate the home residents. Projects such as updating cabinets, replacing countertops, adding additional lights, exchanging faucets, and many other small apartment renovations can significantly revamp the functionality and appeal of the kitchen and bathroom. Some more popular additions include custom cabinets and other smaller, hidden storage features that can be used for many different tasks. Appliances like the fridge, dishwasher, closets, and other things seem to blend into the room, giving the feeling that everything has its own proper palace.
- Accessory Apartments
Sometimes called a multi-dwelling residence or an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), accessory apartments consist of a single house with an additional dwelling space that is used as a separate residence. This is not to be confused with duplexes or other similar buildings. Duplexes are considered two separate dwellings with separate addresses and mailboxes but only one owner of record. ADUs share the same address as the main residence but can be entered separately, and they do not have access to the primary residence. ADUs are becoming increasingly common with multigenerational families wishing to live in the same home, allowing them to have their own space while staying close to the rest of the family. The areas include separate kitchens, bathrooms, and other necessities that every resident needs to live comfortably.
Contact Mcmillian Contracting Services
Have an apartment design in mind and need help figuring out where to start? If you live in the San Diego area, Mcmillian Contracting Services is an excellent service to contact for any contracting project. Their fantastic contractors are ready to help turn your home into your dream property. Not only can they improve your property at a reasonable price, but they will do it safely without cutting corners anywhere. Whether remodeling a kitchen or an exterior, Mcmillian is the place to turn.