Home renovation

The home improvement industry continues to thrive and grow during the pandemic

COLORADO SPRINGS — While the pandemic has forced some businesses to downsize, it’s had the opposite effect for those working in the home improvement industry.

“I help clients plan the space, design their kitchens, choose their cabinets, the countertops,” said Allison Bremmer, interior designer for Aspen Kitchens in Colorado Springs.

Recently, it has been attracting more and more customers.

“Probably every two weeks or so,” she said.

And just ask his counterparts…

“Last year, I would say we probably saw a 20-30% increase,” said Johanna Alstrin, designer of Aspen Kitchens.

–Business continues to boom.

“Because interest rates are low, so home values ​​are stable and increasing,” Alstrin said. “They can’t spend their money on vacation…and they’re stuck at home.”

But there is more at stake.

“Most houses need updating after 20 years, and 20 years ago we had a huge population boom,” she said.

When you combine a hot market with people spending more time at home…

“I think it’s a perfect storm right now,” Alstrin said.

It’s a storm of opportunity.

“We hired a few more people,” she said.

“People” like Bremmer.

“I’ve been here about six months,” Bremmer said.

His job only exists thanks to the boom.

“Because they needed help, because everyone was renovating their house,” she said.

Its not always easy.

“There’s a lot of stress for everyone involved, and there’s a lot of detail and a lot of decision making,” she said.

But for her, it’s the perfect challenge.

“I feed on a little stress and a little lack of time,” Bremmer said. “So I’m not complaining.”