A new year means a fresh start and an opportunity to finally get that home renovation checked off your list. After spending a lot of time at home in 2020, which will continue into 2021 as well, many homeowners are itching to update the areas in their home that really need a refresher. If you are not sure where to start, here are a few trending ideas:

Eco-friendly Design

Whether you’re building a custom home or renovating rooms, many homeowners are trying to live a greener life. That means using recycled materials for the renovations, installing appliances that are more energy-efficient, buying thrifted furniture, and maybe installing some solar panels for a renewable energy source. It’s also considered eco-friendlier to “re-face” instead of replace. Instead of replacing your kitchen cabinets, for example, they can be re-stained or painted in a new color. When you are building from scratch, ensuring there is substantial natural lighting in your home means a lower energy bill. Depending on the design of the home, we can also add more/larger windows to existing rooms.

Greenhouse or Sunroom

With the popularity of indoor plants, it is no surprise that some homeowners are looking to dedicate an entire room to their collection. Minnesota seasons can affect plants living inside a home as the humidity levels change. Keeping many plants in one room ensures they get the sun and proper environment they need so they can thrive.

Home Office Upgrade

Due to COVID-19, a lot of people started working from home, and that trend is continuing into 2021 as well. In fact, some companies are even switching to a hybrid schedule where employees can switch between working in-office or working remotely. Without a dedicated area for work, however, it is difficult to find a proper work-life balance. Remote workers should think about what they need to efficiently get their work done every day—such as a printer or bookcases—and also how they can improve their set-up with something like a standing desk.

Smart Kitchens

If you’re planning to do more cooking in 2021, then you should update your space to make it more efficient for your projects. Consider add-ons like motion-activated or one-touch faucets, programmed coffee makers, a smart refrigerator that can connect to Wi-Fi to look up recipes, and more. Even if you choose not to go digital, there are many ways to streamline how you move around your kitchen by renovating the design. An expert home remodeler will be able to help you plan the best kitchen for all your cooking needs.

Cook, work, and enjoy your time at home even more when it’s updated to fit your style and needs. Kane Builders specializes in luxury custom homes and remodels, and we always insist on the high-quality craftsmanship. Contact us if you’d like to get started on your home renovation.