Five on-trend upgrades for 2022 that will have a lasting impact

Leading indicator of renovation activity from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies predicts a steady and significant increase in renovation projects that is expected to reach $401 billion in annual spending by the third quarter of 2022 If you’re looking to take a step forward with home improvement projects for the New Year, here are five impactful ideas.

Refresh the staircase. If you have outdated carpets or worn treads on your stairs, you have a great opportunity to revamp a focal point of your home for a small investment. It could be as simple as installing new steps, choosing new paint for the walls, and maybe a new stain on the trim. To take it a step further, local ironworkers are often happy to fabricate a custom handrail.

Modernize the bathroom. Without any major construction, you can transform your bathroom vanity over the course of a weekend. Select a new hardware that looks bold and stately (think chrome bars, not little plastic knobs) to match your countertop tones, then pull out the cabinetry to give it a cool, neutral hue. If you’re over the white-on-white bathroom look, try a dramatic dark finish to make the new fixtures pop.

Install new flooring. Look for flooring that offers a good combination of durability and timeless aesthetics, such as Duravana Hybrid Resilient Flooring, a waterproof and eco-friendly product exclusive to LL Floor-ing. The Duravana range of styles are designed to replicate the natural color, grain and texture of real hardwood, with more unique plank patterns than traditional vinyl planks or laminates. Plus, its easy one-click installation makes it easy to DIY. Learn more at

Organize the locker room. A little organization in an entryway can make a huge difference in the functionality and flow of a home. Start with simple shoe and boot storage, like a craft bench or wall rack, so these items don’t spill out into hallways and bedrooms. Wall hooks come in handy when guests arrive. And if you don’t have an actual mudroom, a little wall storage can make even the slimmest entryway intentional and inviting.

Define outdoor spaces. Once the snow has melted, adding a dedicated living room to your back or side yard can feel like adding an entire room of square footage to your home. It could be as simple as a new patio set and fire pit with gravel or simple flagstone landscaping.

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