More Homeowners Remodeled Baths Than Kitchens in 2017

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Home remodeling activity has shifted back to a preference for bathroom renovations over kitchen redos in a new survey on homeowner remodeling projects, reports the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Eye on Housing. The NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index survey polled U.S. remodelers about their work in 2017.

Bath updates cited by 81 percent of remodelers

The article reports that bathroom remodeling was cited by 81 percent of remodelers as one of their most common projects last year. Another 78 percent said kitchen remodeling was a top customer request. The newly released survey of 2017 activity reversed the previous year’s rankings, which saw kitchens ahead of bath remodels. In 2014 and 2015, bathrooms were again more popular with homeowners.

Room additions, whole-house remodels down considerably

These two types of renovation projects remained the most popular home improvement and investment projects by far for 2017, as has been the case for years, reports the article. A secondary tier of remodeling activity including whole-house remodeling, room additions, and window or door replacement was cited by 49 percent, 37 percent and 30 percent of remodelers, respectively.

The report noted that these and other second-tier projects declined in 2017. Whole-house remodeling was down four points, or about eight percent. Room additions and window and door replacements were down 22 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

The decline is reportedly even greater when compared to the activity peaks of a remodeling boom between 2013 and 2016. The report speculates that boom could have represented a backlog of jobs put off during the economic downturn that has now been worked through.

However, other factors could be at play. Window and door replacement has been in decline over a longer period, reportedly due to manufacturers outside the scope of surveyed remodelers performing their own installations.

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