The Latest in Remodeling Trends

home office

Home office

The report is in: Showy upgrades are out and functional remodels are definitely in for current home construction trends. In place of pre-Recession additions of special function rooms and showy upgrades are remodels that focus on energy efficiency, accessibility, technology, and low-maintenance, environmental friendliness. According to the American Institute of Architecture’s Home Design Trends Survey, residential architects are enjoying their first lengthy stretch of increased demand since 2007. Most of their work is in the way of remodeling existing homes, instead of new builds.

In-Demand Special Function Rooms

While home theaters and fitness rooms are no longer trending, there are some special function rooms that remain in demand. Rooms like home offices and mud rooms with everyday usefulness point to the tendency toward functional consideration. Home offices are increasingly necessary for those who are self-employed or working on contracted bases. Also referred to as “drop zones,” mud rooms follow home offices as the most commonly requested special function rooms. Third on the list is outdoor living space such as a 3-season room or deck. Informal entertaining and everyday functionality are clearly key for today’s more practical, necessarily frugal homeowners.

Three season room

Three season room

Trending Special Features

Instead of showy additions meant to impress, we are finding that sustainability, accessibility, and technology are key in today’s special features. With today’s aging population, many homeowners are requesting first-floor master bedrooms, nonslip flooring, and ramps and elevators. Details like door handles, faucet fixtures, and light switches are also being considered by many aging Americans.

Energy efficiency is easily increased with added insulation; solar panels, geothermal HVAC systems, and water reclamation systems may not be quite mainstream but are on the rise. Triple-glazed windows, water-conserving devices, and tankless water heaters are also enjoying increased popularity.

Wireless systems are a must, with home offices on the rise. Backup power generators and electrical docking stations continue to be requested, especially with the increased demand for electrical vehicles, which slowly but steadily continues to rise.

Popular Preferences

Pet wash area in mud room

Pet wash area in mud room

Baby Boomers aren’t the only ones planning for lower maintenance: Longer work hours and increased family responsibilities mean less time to donate to the yard and outdoor upkeep. Despite the trend toward sustainable natural resources, engineered products are increasingly popular, as is task lighting and thermal moisture control systems geared toward mold reduction. Today’s yards are smaller but well-planned, requiring less upkeep as well as less water to maintain premium appearance.

Whether you’re looking to increase your home’s resale value or simply make economical upgrades to accommodate your own family’s comfort and changing needs, you can be sure that the experts at D. R. Hartman Construction Inc.  will work with you to stay within your budget and achieve your desired results. With over 30 years’ experience, we have the know-how to make your ideas realities and improve the status of your home.

About D.R. Hartman Construction Inc.

D.R. Hartman Construction Inc. is a fully licensed and insured general contractor providing services in Maryland (Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, etc), ; Washington, D.C.; and Fairfax County, Virginia. Led by Don Hartman, DRHCI provides construction services for both residential and commercial projects. DRHCI does home remodeling and addition projects as well as prefabricated steel building construction and turn-key build-out renovations for offices, warehouses and retail stores. Contact D.R. Hartman Construction today to discuss your project; call (301) 926-9000 or submit this online contact form.

D.R. Hartman Construction Inc

If you are looking for a full service commercial or residential construction company in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Fairfax County, Virginia region, we'd love to have the opportunity to learn about your construction project and give you a free quote. Submit our online contact form or call Don Hartman at (301) 926-9000.


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