Pandemics are horrific and frightening. But in the last 12 months, remodelers have found that the current pandemic is a career-altering opportunity. No single event in the past 80 to 100 years has spurred demand for new and upgraded home amenities quite like the work-from-home, study-from-home, play-at-home effects of COVID-19.
If your firm’s average job size in 2019 was $50,000, it likely doubled in 2020. While it is too soon to tell the lasting home-design impacts, the early results point to a desire for—among other things—additional home offices with doors, upgraded kitchens to accommodate more elaborate home-cooked meals, and more space to spread out and relax with family and friends.
Outdoor living went from a hot remodeling category in 2019 to a raging conflagration in 2020. This is confirmed by data from two new surveys: Qualified Remodeler’s Pandemic Home-Design Survey and a Harris Poll of approximately 1,400 homeowners on the features and benefits of outdoor living spaces that they find important. The Harris Poll formed the basis of the Outdoor Living Report from Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens.
Two headlines emerged. First, 82 percent of homeowners say the pandemic increased their interest in pursuing outdoor living projects. Second, remodeling professionals ranked outdoor-living projects near the top of their most-requested projects list, just behind home offices and kitchens.