Survey: Bathrooms overtake kitchens as most popular remodeling project

WASHINGTON — Bathrooms overtook kitchens as the most popular remodeling project, according to a new survey released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB released the survey results, which highlight the most common remodeling projects, to kick off National Home Remodeling Month in May.

“Small-scale renovations are slowly becoming just as popular as large-scale projects, as seen with bathroom remodeling becoming more common than kitchens,” said 2018 NAHB Remodelers Chair Joanne Theunissen, CPG, CGR, a remodeler from Mt. Pleasant, Mich. “Home owners are finding cost-effective and shorter timeframe upgrades can also add comfort and value to their homes.”

In the survey, remodelers reported the most common projects in 2017:

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·       81% bathroom remodeling
·       78% kitchen remodeling
·       49% whole house remodeling
·       37% room additions
·       30% window/door replacements

Additionally, a separate survey by NAHB showed that high-performing, low-emissivity (Low-E) windows are the most common green building product installed by residential remodelers. Programmable thermostats and high-efficiency HVAC systems also ranked highly among the most common green products used. While remodeling is most commonly associated with kitchens and baths, green upgrades can save home owners on utilities, improve air quality and increase the value of their homes.

NAHB’s National Home Remodeling Month is sponsored by Amerifirst, BuildDirect and Paslode.