Top 2022 Home Improvements to Enhance an Evolving Lifestyle

(BPT) – Home is more than just where the heart is. Whether it’s creating an office, a socially distant meeting place, or making room for a loved one to move in, people are using their homes in ways they may never have done before. Experts predict that in 2022 and beyond, homeowners will focus on upgrades and home improvements that fit this evolving lifestyle. In fact, the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies’ Leading Indicator for Remodeling Activity forecasts a steady and significant increase in remodeling projects, projected to reach $401 billion in annual spending by the third quarter of 2022.

If you’re looking to take some steps in home renovation projects in the new year, here are five trending upgrades for 2022 that will have a lasting impact.

Upgrade the stairs

You probably don’t spend a lot of time using stairs compared to the rest of the house, so the stair design is probably not the most important thing. However, if you have an outdated carpet on your stairs, you have an excellent opportunity to redesign a key component of your home for a small investment. It could be as simple as installing new steps, choosing a new color for the walls, and maybe a new stain on the trim. To take it a step further, local ironworkers are happy to make a custom handrail. If you have children in the house or older family members are moving in, consider safety on stairs so they can navigate your home with ease.

Modernize bathrooms

It’s amazing how the right paint and new hardware can revitalize a set of sad old cabinets. You can transform your bathroom cabinetry over the course of a weekend without major construction work. Choose new hardware that looks bold and stately (think chrome trim, not little plastic knobs) that match the tones of your countertop, and strip away the cabinets and give them a fresh, neutral hue. If you’re over the white-on-white look in the bathroom, try a dramatic dark finish that will really make your new hardware and fixtures stand out.

Lay new flooring

Flooring is literally the foundation of design, so it needs to be a mix of fashion and function. Research flooring with a good combination of durability and timeless aesthetics, like Duravana Hybrid Resilient Flooring, a waterproof and eco-friendly product exclusive to LL Flooring. Duravana’s style range is designed to replicate the natural color, grain and texture of real hardwood, with more unique plank patterns than traditional vinyl planks or laminates. Besides, the easy click installation makes it DIY friendly. Learn more at LLFooring.com.

Organize the mud room

A little organization in an entryway can make a big difference in the functionality and flow of the home. Start with simple shoe and boot storage, like a DIY bench or wall shelf, to keep those items out of the way in hallways and bedrooms. Wall hooks are helpful when guests arrive. And if you don’t have a real mud room, a little wall-mounted storage can make even the narrowest entryway look purposeful and inviting.

Define outdoor spaces

Once the snow melts, adding a custom lounge to your back or side yard can feel like adding an entire room’s square footage to your home. It could be as simple as a new patio set and fire pit with some gravel, or simple landscaping with flagstones. Gabion baskets framed with nice-looking wood can be made into simple dividers or group seating. Pergolas with climbing plants are still very popular. This outdoor space can become a year-round retreat that everyone will love.

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