Kitchen and Bath Remodeling More Common Than Ever in 2015

As part of National Home Remodeling Month, the following analysis focuses on the most common remodeling jobs performed in 2015. This data was collected from the National Association of Home Builder’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey, which measures conditions in the remodeling market.

In 2015, the top two most common remodeling jobs were bathroom remodeling (81 percent) and kitchen remodeling (79 percent) (Exhibit 1). These two remodeling jobs have consistently been the most common, however a larger share of remodelers reported these as their most common jobs in 2015 in comparison to prior years. The share of remodelers reporting bathroom and kitchen remodels as their most common jobs in 2015 is the highest it has been since the inception of the RMI survey in 2001.

Exhibit 1: Most Common Remodeling Jobs Performed in 2015 (Share of remodelers reporting job as common)

Most Common Jobs v1

The percentage of remodelers reporting room additions as one of their most common remodeling jobs jumped in 2015 (from 40 percent in 2014 to 47 percent in 2015) (Exhibit 2). This is the largest share of remodelers reporting room additions as one of their most common remodeling jobs since 2005 (57 percent).

Exhibit 2: Share of Remodelers Reporting Room Additions Are Common

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Note: Dates on graph axis are based on when the RMI survey was conducted. The survey question asks about common jobs in a one year period ending at or slightly before the time the survey was conducted.

Another interesting finding from this year’s analysis is the year over year change in whole house remodeling projects (Exhibit 3). Forty-nine percent of remodelers reported that whole house projects were one of their most common jobs in 2015, up from 43 percent in 2014 and from a low point of 35 percent in 2011.

Exhibit 3: Share of Remodelers Reporting Whole House Remodels Are Common Whole House v2

Note: Dates on graph axis are based on when the RMI survey was conducted. The survey question asks about common jobs in a one year period ending at or slightly before the time the survey was conducted.



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