Are you ready to give your kitchen that farmhouse makeover you have been dreaming about? Or maybe transform your backyard into a chic, spa-like retreat? If you are looking for home improvement ideas, it’s best to first consider which projects will add the most value to your house. As the year draws to a close, let’s take a look at the top trends in home renovations for 2019 – and get inspired to make some changes in 2020! 

Exterior Upgrades Pay Off

First impressions are everything when it comes to home value. To get the most bang for your buck, increasing curb appeal topped the list for 2019. Installing new garage doors, adding stone veneer, replacing the front door and building on a deck are all projects that saw a big return on investment (ROI). New vinyl windows and a new roof, while not the most exciting of home improvement projects, are also a good choice to up your home’s value.

The backyard patio is another worthwhile place to spend your money, as outdoor living spaces are an important trend to so many homeowners. An attractive, comfortable place to relax or cook a meal al fresco is one of the best home improvements to increase value in your home.

A screened porch provides the perfect exterior living space with views all around.

The Kitchen Sells the House

Any real estate agent will tell you that the kitchen is super important to home buyers. A dated kitchen can be a deal-breaker in an otherwise lovely home. So if you are looking to invest in upgrading your interior, the kitchen is the first place to spend your money. While you will recoup more of your investment from a minor kitchen remodel, a total kitchen overhaul will still yield a pretty decent ROI.

A sleek backsplash and white cabinets give this renovated kitchen a modern vibe.

Spruce up Your Bath 

Another one of the best home upgrades in 2019 was a bathroom renovation. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, so it is one of the most important rooms in the house. Replacing those outdated tiles, lighting, and fixtures in a well thought out bathroom remodel can add a lot of value to your home.

If you have the budget to add square footage to your house, a bathroom addition is a good way to invest in your home. The addition of a bathroom had a similar return on investment to a bathroom renovation in 2019.

Natural wood stands out against a soft palette in this updated bath.

It’s All About You

Unless you are planning to sell your house in the near future, be sure to consider your needs and the needs of your family when you are thinking about remodeling. Of course, your investment and what it will add to your home’s value is important, but if there is a home improvement that you think will really add value to your life, then go for it!

A smart homeowner considers all of the aspects of a home renovation before taking the plunge. 2019 saw exterior upgrades, as well as kitchen and bath projects, top the list for the best remodeling return on investment. If you are thinking about renovating your home, visit us at