Home Renovation Trends 2018
2017 was a busy year in the home renovation industry, with many new designs, practices, and priorities coming to the forefront. As we look forward to the new year, here are a few of the trends we expect to see grow in the Edmonton and Western Canada Market.
Designing for Multiple Generations
Building homes and renovating properties to be more accommodating of multiple generation ranges has become an area of importance for many homeowners. Whether it’s a new family wanting to ensure their home is child friendly, or close to retirement age owners, multi-generational renovations can make a huge difference in the quality of life for residents, both in the long and short term. When properly planned, property owners can see a boost in resale value, as well as their day to day comfort. These types of renovations frequently include:
- Widening of doorways and hallways to fit wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices
- Stairway renovations to minimize fall risks
- Installation of railings in bathrooms, including showers and tubs
- Installation of door handles with lower knobs, lower counters, etc to make movement for wheelchair bound residents easier.
Making these kinds of alterations can be a bit of a lengthy process (depending on the degree of changes being made) but the long-term benefits make them a worthwhile investment.
Master Bedroom Expansions
A growing trend across Canada is home designs with a considerably larger master suite that feature and inclusive bathroom, and walk-in closet. This extra space gives a more open, organized feel to the master area, and also allows for easy navigation for individuals requiring extra mobility room. Maximalism (bigger, bolder items and spaces) is in, so expect to see bigger, more open rooms.
Energy efficient remodels aren’t a new development, but with the Government of Alberta
Placing heavy incentives on eco-friendly home designs, more owners are looking to remodel, retrofit, or build with this in mind.