Renovations and remodels skyrocketed last year, and 2022 is proving to be no different (just ask Nasdaq, one of the largest stock exchanges in the world). If you think you’ve noticed an uptick in wow-worthy powder rooms, satisfying storage solutions and a vintage renaissance during this time, you aren’t wrong.
Find inspo for all of the above – and more – in this collection of the hottest reno trends for 2022. Not only are these renovations absolutely stunning, they’ll boost the value of your home to boot!
Home Offices: Here to Stay
The pandemic has changed the way we work, potentially forever. This means home offices are becoming a mainstay room in many homes. That’s why implementing a dedicated home office space in your home can boost its value. Of course, not everybody has a spare room to turn into a study. And that’s okay! A den, a nook or even a multifunctional corner of your living room can be the perfect workspace.
If you love this bold pink office, browse more of this eclectically beautiful home here: This Fearlessly Decorated Farmhouse by DIY Danie is Seriously Amazing
Another thing the pandemic has introduced us to is finding new ways to enjoy our homes. This means more people are upgrading their outdoor spaces, from vast backyards to cozy balconies. Boost your property value by renovating your outdoor recreational space, whether this means installing a pool, remodeling your patio area or updating your balcony.
For more outdoor inspiration like this, check out Backyard Ideas to Turn Your Outdoor Space Into a Staycation Paradise.
Canadians may think twice about splurging on backyards and balconies. Our weather means many of us can only enjoy our patios and decks for about half the year. That’s why transitional spaces that blur the line between indoor and outdoor are a great place to invest. Consider renovating your porch or back deck and turning it into a glass-enclosed conservatory, like this stunning cottage renovation. If you have enough room, you can even construct a sunroom addition to your main house. This additional square footage can significantly boost your property value.
Storage Maximization… Everywhere
It’s never a bad idea to maximize storage. With super-satisfying Tiktok videos and Instagram reels featuring the most organized spaces you’ve ever seen, a neat and tidy home is at the top of everyone’s wishlist. Boost your property value by building high-quality storage in all the opportunities you see fit, from shelves flanking your living room fireplace to sleek floor-to-ceiling concealed cabinets in your garage, as seen here.
ADUs: An Investment That Pays You Back
While it’s a huge upfront investment, an additional dwelling unit (ADU) on your existing property can pay you back over time as well as increase your property value. An ADU can look like a finished basement apartment, an addition attached to your home or a laneway house detached from your home like the beautiful black and white laneway house pictured here. This space can be rented out while you own it, and will also increase your property value overall if you sell.
Kitchens That Aren’t Afraid of Colour
Often referred to as the heart of the home, kitchens deserve to be cozied up with some colour. If you’re scared to take the leap, opt for a deep or muted shade of blue and green, like this stunning cyan kitchen. These colours and tones stand the test of time, maintaining your home’s value while also making it stand out. Create a vintage aesthetic by pairing with lux gold or brass accents, or keep things cool and modern with sleek silver or black hardware.
From crown molding to wainscoting to door and window casings, decorative millwork is having a moment. Trim imbues cookie-cutter apartments and houses with vintage character. Invest in millwork to make your house feel more luxurious and potentially boost its value. If you’re planning to put your property on the market, opt for simpler trim for a cohesive look that anyone would adore.
If you’re in love with this dining room, check out the rest of this old-world-inspired apartment here: This Designer’s Parisian-Inspired Family Home Will Make You Swoon
Powder Rooms That Pack a Punch
“But don’t realtors recommend sticking to neutral palettes?” You’re right. But while overhauling your whole house in loud design choices may hurt your property value, confining these choices to a small space may actually help its value! Boldly wallpapered powder rooms are trending everywhere right now, so this little bathroom is the perfect candidate for a fearless makeover. To really maximize value, tread a fine line: Opt for classic fixtures and furniture, but boost the walls with some brilliant wallpaper.
Love the colourful floral choice used in this bathroom? Check out the rest of this home here: This Super-Cozy Home in the Niagara Region Has Seven Different Wallpapers
More Livable Square Footage
If your home has a ton of dead space, rack your brain to think of how it can be transformed into something you can use. If you have an unused attic, turn it into a little home office. Plenty of porch lying unused? Furnish it to create a cool hangout spot. A wall in your kitchen that seems to serve no purpose? Add a slim table and some wall-mounted shelves or cabinets to create a homework station. Pictured is one of the cleverest transformations of dead space we’ve seen: An extra-wide stair landing in this renovated ski chalet is used as a little reading corner.
One of the smartest value-boosting renovations you can do for your home is investing in sustainable choices. This can mean a wide range of things: Using reclaimed wood for beams or floorboards, installing LED lighting, implementing energy-efficient appliances in your kitchen, adding solar panels to your roof and much more. Take inspiration from this stunning off-grid tiny-home: The music-loving homeowner installed an indoor stereo system that’s powered entirely by solar panels on the roof.