Kitchens Dethroned as Top Remodeling Project

Market Trends

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, MAY 02, 2018


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

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"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."

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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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Source: National Association of Home Builders