5 Types of Home Improvement

When it comes to improving your home, the options are nearly endless. There are several types of home improvement projects available. Depending on the type of remodeling project and its purpose, home improvement tends to fall into a few categories. Here are some common types of home improvement:

1. Comfort

Improving the comfort of your home is one of the top reasons for remodeling. Because most home remodeling projects enhance comfort in some way and there are many ways to make your home more comfortable, it’s also one of the most common types of home improvement.

Whether you are remodeling a bathroom to get a better layout, upgrade fixtures, etc., replacing windows, or something else, your home is going to become more comfortable. Additions, like a new deck, a sunroom or patio enclosure, and more, all add space to your home, but also improve the comfort of it too.

Home improvement projects for comfort don’t have to be huge remodeling projects either. Comfort-based improvements could be as simple as switching out the flooring, updating fixtures, upgrading HVAC, and more.

Take a look at the video below to see some of the interior renovations Zephyr Thomas has done to improve comfort for these homeowners!

2. Maintenance and Repair

Another one of the most common types of home improvement is maintenance and repair. Poor installation damages your home and so does anything that is broken or in need of maintenance. Although these projects do tend to also improve comfort, they tend to have more priority and urgency because they address elements that are damaged or outdated.

Replacing windows because your current windows are damaged, poorly installed, or outdated will improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. It’s also more urgent because your home may not be secure if your windows are damaged. Damage or signs of drafty windows also means your heating and cooling system is likely working overtime and could be increasing your energy bills.

Maintenance and repair types of home improvement could be as simple as getting a new door, replacing loose porch railings, fixing a fence, or replacing gutters. Or, these projects could be bigger, like replacing your roof, getting new siding, fixing structural damage, and more.

New windows improve energy efficiency and are also one of the exterior home remodeling ideas that can improve exterior appearance and curb appeal. Check out the video below to see the Zephyr Thomas team replacing this homeowner’s concrete steps and walkway!

3. Additional Space

There are several ways to add space to your home. You can remodel interior rooms to maximize space or build additions onto your home. In many cases, home additions expand the square footage of a home on its lot. Sunroom additions, deck addition, garage additions, and more are all commonly built on the ground floor to extend it.

If building out isn’t an option for your lot, but you still want to add space to your home, you may be able to build up instead. Enclosing a deck or patio is a great way to get additional livable space within what you already have. Second-story room additions allow you to get more space by building up. You can even build a second-story deck and sunroom or enclosure!

Take a look at the video below to see Zephyr Thomas build a home addition with a deck for this homeowner!

4. Energy Savings

Home improvement projects that are done for maintenance and repair often provide energy savings, but there are also several types of home improvement projects that are done primarily to make your home more energy-efficient.

Outdated doors and windows are some of the top ways you might be losing money on your energy bills. Upgrading to more energy-efficient windows and new doors can make a big difference in energy savings for your home. Other common remodeling projects for energy savings include upgrading siding, updating and adding insulation, upgrading appliances, and more.

Check out the Zephyr Thomas team replacing church windows in the timelapse video below!

5. Safety and Preparedness

Some types of home improvement projects for safety and preparedness are about maintaining safety measures that are already in place while others could be for adding new features. Replacing smoke detectors regularly, having backup generators, and maintaining your home are all home security tips to protect your home.

Other projects for safety and preparedness could be things like replacing windows, adding an egress window, and burglar-proofing your basement windows when finishing your basement. Adding a privacy fence around your backyard can help secure it while also giving you some privacy. Improving front door security, adding security features to windows and other doors, and more are also all home improvement projects related to safety and preparedness.

Take a look at the Zephyr Thomas team replacing a door and screen door for this homeowner!

Improve Your Home With Zephyr Thomas

These are just a few types of home improvement and there are many projects that fall into each category and often span multiple categories. Knowing what you want to do and the goals you want to achieve can help you prioritize home remodeling projects.

At the same time, if you don’t know what to do next for your home, examining your home from each of these types of home improvement can help you identify remodeling projects that make sense for you. If you’re interested in remodeling and improving your home, contact Zephyr Thomas at 717-399-4708 to start a free quote!