Home construction is one of the most fascinating aspects of the industry as a whole. Not only do construction companies make a lot of money on new home and remodeling projects, but these often require the most ingenuity.
Businesses will often have very standard demands. They are focused on functionality, compared to aesthetics and trends. But homeowners care a lot about trends, as they want their home to look exciting and “with the times.”
Here is our assessment of the most exciting home construction and remodeling trends of 2018:
- Asphalt Driveways
Many homeowners in Canada have realized that concrete is not good enough for their home. So many people had concrete driveways installed in their home in the late 90s and early 2000s. Now they are looking at those driveways and they are not happy with what is present.
The issue with concrete is that it can significantly crack over time. These cracks are expensive to repair and the result is often a driveway that looks like a patchwork quilt. Asphalt does not have any of these issues. It is cheaper, more durable and the repairs are very inexpensive too.
- Kitchen Islands
Homeowners are obsessed with kitchen islands. It is beyond debate! Even homes with smaller kitchens are having islands added to them. Homeowners see the practical benefits of having a kitchen island, but they are also in love with the aesthetic.
Many of these projects can be even more lucrative for contractors, as they involve increasing the kitchen area. Walls are torn down and the kitchen is combined with the dining room or family room next to it.
We believe the kitchen island trend is not going anywhere. Families want to spend more time together and the kitchen can be a fun place to do so. Larger kitchens with a small table for eating, spacious countertops and a practical kitchen island are all the rage!
- Shower Rooms
Bathtubs are so last decade! Most homeowners do not even use their bathtub more than one or two times a year. And even that is out of obligation more than desire. It is why so many are getting the bathtub removed and replaced by a shower room.
These shower rooms are great, as they help to modernize the entire bathroom. There is more space, the shower room has a glass door that lets in plenty of light, and there are no issues with water leaking while taking a shower!
- Pergolas and Patios
Homeowners want to spend more time outdoors. Think of it as a rebellion against the electronics age, where everyone is glued to their screens. Adding a pergola and patio to the backyard helps to fulfill this desire.
Pergolas are crucial for two reasons. They add shade and protection, which makes hanging out in the patio area a lot more fun. And when the pergola fully protects the patio from rain and other elements, homeowners can feel comfortable having an outdoor grill, bar area and entertainment setup in the patio.
Materials for patios vary based on the area and price the homeowner is willing to pay. Asphalt and brick are popular, while concrete is still relevant too. But paved stone is making inroads in this area, as many homeowners see its aesthetic as far superior to the other options.
These home construction and remodeling trends are very exciting for contractors. Not only do they involve some very interesting projects, but they also offer the opportunity to make good money on residential projects!