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2018’s Most In-Demand Home Upgrade Projects

2018’s Most In-Demand Home Upgrade Projects

As we kick off a new year, let's take a look at the upgrade options that are forging to the top of many homeowners’ want lists. As you think about your own winter home renovation projects, here are five of the top upgrades homeowners are craving in 2018:

Emerging mattes. When it comes to home upgrades, granite countertops have long ruled the preference list. But, that may not be the case this year. Instead of upgrading to shiny stainless steel and smooth granite, homeowners are choosing a more muted matte look. This alternate texture is taking over everything from tile to countertops to appliances. If you’re looking to make a statement in your kitchen or another part of your home this year, move over to matte!

Sensible storage solutions. Home trends may be going tiny, but that just doesn’t cut it when it comes to storage spaces. In fact, homeowners everywhere are craving more convenient storage spaces to decoratively hide their items. Take your own kitchen pantry, for instance. Do you have enough space there? If not, you may find yourself scrambling for over-the-door storage units or other temporary fixes to allow more space on your shelves. Instead of settling for this solution that may not last, consider making an upgrade to more home storage in the kitchen and beyond.

Modernized mud rooms. Not only are today’s busy families looking for more storage inside their cabinets, they are seeking some extra space when they first walk in the entryway. Whether you’re returning from a long day at work or a quick trip to the grocery store—or your umpteenth sports practice of the week—the first thing you want to do is drop whatever is in your hands and take off your shoes and coat. A spacious mud room will stop you from cluttering up the kitchen table. If you’re looking for an upgrade project, give your mudroom a functional, decorative makeover that may include everything from cabinets and coat racks to lockers and more. This way, everyone in the family will have a designated space to store their stuff.

Relative rooms. Have family or friends frequently visiting your home? Maybe they stay with you for weeks at a time to help out with your kids. Maybe you simply love to entertain on a regular basis. This year, homeowners are looking to truly make “room” for these relatives and extra guests. Instead of preparing a spare bedroom, they’re sweetening the deal with suites that may include a bedroom, bathroom and even a kitchen. Giving guests who stay for an extended period of time a little extra privacy also gives you a little extra privacy—then, everyone enjoys the visit a little more! Looking for an upgrade project this year? Go big for your guests and consider adding a suite.

Smart technology. From programmable thermostats to updated lighting options, smart technology is taking over many upgrade projects this year. This upgrade will not only make your home look better, but it also will help you save energy and money. Why not install some options that closely match your family’s activity? They can turn on when you’re home and active and power down when you’re away or asleep. If you forget to turn off a light before work, smart technology can help you turn it off with just a few taps on your phone. Easy and smart!

If you’re ready to make upgrades to your home this winter, consider these five functional—and fabulous—renovation projects.