Bathrooms Replace Kitchens as Top Remodeling Project

Bathrooms have overtaken kitchens as the most popular remodeling project, according to a newly released survey by the National Association of Home Builders.

Home Improvement Projects by the Numbers: NAR’s Remodeling Impact Report

“Small-scale renovations are slowly becoming just as popular as large-scale projects, as seen with bathroom remodeling becoming more common than kitchens,” says 2018 NAHB Remodelers Chair Joanne Theunissen. “Home owners are finding cost-effective and [faster] upgrades can also add comfort and value to their homes.”

Remodelers surveyed reported the most common projects in 2017:

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

Adding in green home features is a growth area in remodeling. The most common green building product installed by residential remodelers: low-E windows, according to a separate survey by the NAHB. Programmable thermostats and high-efficiency HVAC systems also ranked among the most common green building products.

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