Home renovation

Home renovation is different – home renovation has changed with the pandemic and changing technology

It can be really exciting to renovate the place where we spend so much time, especially during a pandemic.

“With people vacationing less, there are more people using that money to make home improvements,” said Randy Miller, owner of Allrite Home & Remodeling, a family business in Milwaukee since 1969. He is an exterior remodeling and insulation expert and a member of Temple Menorah and Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun.

And, with all of today’s technology, there are endless possibilities for home improvement, said Mark Brick, owner of B&E General Contractors Inc. in Glendale and a member of Temple Menorah.

“In today’s market, we see a lot of kitchen, bathroom and basement renovations and home additions,” said Brick, who has been in business for 37 years.

For kitchens, homeowners want ceilings open and soffits above cabinets removed, he said.

“People want more mobility in a kitchen, full extension drawers rather than doors. It’s so much easier to access any item you might have in there. And we see deeper and wider drawers configured for specialty items like spices.

The Brick adds that customers want higher-end appliances, plus Wolf and Sub-Zero with quartz countertops. “You’re also seeing more built-in coffee and espresso machines,” he said.

“You also see tiered counters and the island – the kitchen’s dining and gathering area – with master key lighting, LED cans, pendant lights and under cabinet task lighting.”

The Brick installs foot pedals for the sinks you see in commercial kitchens. “There are also faucets that open and close with a simple wave of the hand at preset temperatures for hot or cold.”

There are now platforms to raise your washer and dryer off the floor for a more stable surface that will reduce vibration and relieve stress on your back and shoulders. “There are different types of storage, racks that pull out towards you and down for accessibility,” he said.

More bathrooms are renovated. “They could get an acrylic or fiberglass modular unit. They want a regular cast iron tub or convert that area to a walk in shower and eliminate the tub,” he said.

Frameless glass on the shower doors gives way to built-in niches for soap and shampoo. “You can add LED lighting inside your niches and have a portable speaker mounted in the showerhead that’s Bluetooth-enabled,” Brick added.

Brick sees more and more linear drains in showers that collect water like a trough. You can also make it a steam shower. Benches are installed and you can use a hand shower on site.

As for basements, Brick said they are more like upstairs. “You can make them extra cozy with a fireplace, wall-mounted TV, and kitchenette or full kitchen, game room, or theater room. You can do almost anything in the basement without money being an issue.

Then there is the exterior of the house. Allright’s Randy Miller said he sees people choosing darker colors for the exterior of the windows. “We see more blacks and dark browns. They also look great in modern designs with a variety of home styles,” Miller said.

Outdoor projects are also trending towards more upscale materials with style. “They’re looking at the fiberglass or wood interior of the window and the aluminum clad exterior instead of vinyl windows,” he said.

On a sour note, home improvement plans have been delayed due to supply shortages and soaring material costs.

“There is a global shortage of aluminum and prices have skyrocketed,” Miller said. “Additionally, paint products also had some success from then on. But, if you are creative, you are capable of getting by. »