Houzz: Home renovation, design professionals adjust business expectations from Q1 peak

Palo Alto, Calif. — Construction businesses have tempered their positive outlook for expect business activity in the second quarter from last quarter’s peak, according to the recently released Q2 2022 Houzz Renovation Barometer.

The barometer, based on a quarterly only survey of businesses with an online profile on Houzz, tracks residential renovation market expectations, project backlogs and recent activity among U.S. businesses in the construction sector and the architectural and design services sector.

While architecture and design professionals remain confident about their business outlook, this has softened slightly, with expectations declining somewhat for project inquiries and new committed projects. Backlogs reached three months for construction professionals and nearly two months for architecture and design professionals.

“While business activity and the confidence in demand for construction and design services has been the strongest we’ve seen in the last four quarters, industry professionals are cautious about expected Q2 performance,” said Marine

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In a multigenerational home, design choices can be emotional

ALLISON PARK, Pa. (AP) — Should the hanging from Thailand stay on the living-room wall where it has lived since I was born? Should we lay out the family room as it was when I was 8, when I was 17 or in a completely new configuration? Should we leave my mother’s spice rack on the north wall of the kitchen? What about the spices?

When you live in a house passed down over generations, deep-time design opportunities lurk around every corner. There are so many ways to blend past and present. And the weight of history can rise up and knock you down at the most unexpected moments.

In 2007, we moved into the midcentury modern house that my parents built in 1965 — and that I came home to as a day-old infant in the spring of 1968. It was a split level, and it showed. Upstairs, my

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