Bathrooms Top Kitchens as Most Popular Remodeling Project in 2011

Special questions included on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey show that home owners remain interested in updating the most heavily used rooms in their homes.  Bathroom remodeling was a common job in 2011 for 78 percent of the remodelers responding to the 1st Quarter 2012 RMI survey—highest for any type of remodeling project included on the questionnaire—followed by kitchen remodeling at 69 percent.

Bathrooms and kitchens have consistently been the two most common types of jobs for professional remodelers since the inception of the RMI survey in 2001.  After 2009, however, bathroom and kitchen remodeling switched places, with bathrooms moving into the top spot.  The 78 percent of remodelers citing bathrooms as a common project in the first quarter of 2012 is an all-time high.

Other popular jobs in 2011 (listed as common by at least 35 percent of remodelers) were window and door replacements, repairing property damage, and whole house remodeling, although whole house remodeling is down significantly from its peak in the mid-2000s. Less common remodeling jobs include finishing attics, garages and adding second stories.  Adding and repairing roofs, siding and decks were cited as common projects by a little under one-quarter of the remodelers.

The survey report, including complete history for the question on common types of remodeling jobs, is available online at http://www.nahb.org/fileUpload_details.aspx?contentID=180910



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