If your home no longer feels like a good fit for your family, it’s time for a change. In some cases, that may simply require taking on a minor refresh or remodeling a specific room in your Corvallis home. In other cases, you may need to physically add extra residential space to satisfy your evolving needs.
Home additions and expansion projects can be used for several purposes, from accommodating a growing family to achieving certain lifestyle goals in terms of recreation, entertainment and socialization.
Trending Home Addition Ideas in Oregon
As you start to plan your home improvement project for 2021, it’s important to clearly identify your project priorities and set a preliminary budget, giving you parameters for developing a scope of work for your addition or expansion. If you’re looking for inspiration, it can also be helpful to check out what’s trending in the home remodeling industry, which often reflects modern family life and homebuyer preferences in Oregon. A few home addition trends emerging in 2021 include:
1. Work-From-Home Spaces
The remote work concept surged in 2020 out of necessity, but, for better or worse, the business landscape seems to have changed permanently as a result. Businesses evolved to give employees work-from-home capabilities, and a greater number of remote positions are likely to be around even in a post-COVID world. For homeowners, that means there is value in creating a suitable home office or workspace. You can do so by remodeling or expanding an existing room, or you can build a home addition that is designed for that specific function, with proper lighting, sound insulation, privacy and ventilation to maximize concentration and productivity.
2. Integrating Energy Saving Home Improvements
Regardless of what type of home addition you want to build, it’s worthwhile to implement energy saving features as part of the project. Some popular solutions include insulation and HVAC upgrades; installing solar panels; setting up a rainwater harvesting system; and investing in double-pane windows. While developing plans for your 2021 home addition, it’s worth investigating the available tax incentives for the energy-saving improvements you are considering.
3. Blending Indoor-Outdoor Living
Your home is your sanctuary—a concept that was made all the more relevant by the events of 2020. Many homeowners also have recognized the need to establish a balance of indoor-outdoor living and create exterior spaces that support a wide range of family activities, as well as social gatherings. This year, you may consider creating a welcoming outdoor living area that is an extension of your indoors, such as a covered patio or deck. You can build a truly comfortable and convenient environment, regardless of the local climate, by including a durable covering, an outdoor fire place or fire pit, heating lamps, cozy furniture, drop-down screens, and other amenities. Another idea that's become increasingly popular is the outdoor kitchen, which can revolutionize how you cook, dine and entertain.
4. Layered Kitchens
Open concept kitchens are appealing because they create cohesion and continuity between other areas in the home, such as a dining room or living room. However, an open design can almost make it more difficult to hide the mess and clutter that naturally accrue in the kitchen. In response to this dilemma, home designers have developed a trendy new solution: layered kitchens, or two-in-one kitchens. The idea is to build a space with specific zones, some of which are tucked away out of sight, like the prep area or dishwashing area, and some that are left in the open, such as the serving area. If you’re wanting to expand your kitchen in 2021, you can integrate this solution by creating a separate zone in the back of your kitchen that is even partially obscured by a wall or door.
5. Optimizing Multigenerational Living
Multigenerational living has been growing over the years for several reasons: housing shortages, shifting family dynamics, and economic changes. More adult children are remaining at home while they attend college or save for their own residence, while senior loved ones can also find comfort and security being close to their family. In order to make multigenerational living comfortable and convenient for all household members, you must have the right accommodations. One home addition trend involves building designated in-law suites or even stand-alone accessory dwelling units (ADUs). This way, everyone has privacy and freedom while enjoying the benefits of living on the same property.
6. Multipurpose Amenities for Whole Families
If you’ve been spending more time at home, no doubt you’ve encountered situations that revealed how nice and convenient it would be to have certain spaces incorporated directly into your residence. For example, a coffee bar; wine cellar; home gym; home theater or media room; a garden room or conservatory; or a place to store your outdoor equipment, like bikes and kayaks, can all elevate the function of your home and make it easier for you to carry on with the things you love—regardless of what’s happening in the outside world.
7. A Continuation of Minimalism
In terms of design, minimalism continues to trend. Homeowners have become more aware of how clutter can cause stress and anxiety, especially in areas that are shared by all household members. An excess of architectural and design elements can also limit the function of a room. As you’re planning your home addition, keep it simple and streamlined. You also may want to consider adding storage space onto your house, which can help improve the overall quality of your living area. With proper storage, you can tuck away items you only use occasionally and keep your surfaces clean and uncluttered.
Adding Comfort and Value to Your Corvallis Home
Any time you change your home, it’s important to stop and evaluate your needs and priorities so that the project can truly contribute to improving comfort and value for your family. Every home addition or expansion will look different, depending on your specific budget, vision and priorities. Our team at Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths can help with that personalization process. We can also provide insight on zoning regulations, the permit process, and all the other elements that can impact your project and the experience of enhancing your home.