by Todd Ellner
February 21, 2018 Home Renovation


Our project manager, Patrick Nardone, is already busy managing all the home renovations in Westfield that we’ve booked for this year! Naturally, he’s the go-to person to ask about home renovation trends in 2018 in Westfield… so we picked his brains in the short interview below.

Home renovation trends in 2018 in Westfield

1.What are the top requested renovations in New Jersey in 2018?

Patrick: It seems as though the market has shifted to major renovations that include home expansions and additions. There is a significant increase in the number of homeowners who want to add an extra level to their existing homes.


First floor remodels continues to be a huge home renovation trend in 2018 as well. Open floor layouts are taking over the homes of the families. People love the idea of connecting the spaces in their home, as it’s a great way to keep your loved ones closer. Open living space is a great idea, especially for family reunions.


Source: Houzz

2. Complete home renovations or partial renovations?

Patrick: It’s difficult to say, having in mind that it’s still early in the year.

What I can tell you is this: the real estate market has developed a new type of customers who are looking to purchase houses.

Their strategy is to renovate old homes, instead of demolishing them and building new ones. During these types of renovations, people get to save a partial portion of the house or the foundation – which leads to paying less taxes.

This is another one of the home renovation trends in 2018 in Westfield.


A beautiful open space layout that unites the kitchen and the family room

3. Are there any changes in renovation trends compared to 2017?

Patrick: I can give you two examples:

  1. Demands have increased in our company with a surge of inquiries. We’ve been promoting our renovation services last year and now we’re really seeing the results. But I think it is because we’ve been able to demonstrate real American craftsmanship and attention to details, we’ve been sticking to our schedule and delivering work on time – that’s what’s made a difference in the number of renovations in 2018.
  2. We’ve noticed a significant increase in estimates conversion. So more and more people contact us requesting a quote and, because our quality of services is top notch, these people usually convert into (happy) customers.


4. Why do people renovate their homes?

Patrick: The main reason why people choose to renovate their homes is because they want to create more living space.

As families grow larger, each member needs to enjoy their own space and feel comfortable at home. So often, an update of the living space is needed.

Another reason would be to increase a home’s value, especially if they’re thinking about selling.



5. What is the average home renovation budget in Westfield?

Patrick: The budget varies from customer to customer. There is no set pattern for this aspect of a home renovation project.

Budgeted projects have different ranges. The ones that we are currently working on range from $100k to $629k and everything in between. We have several home renovations under $100k budget as well.

It mostly depends on the type of the project – a complete home renovation is more expensive than a bathroom renovation project, obviously. Each project is different, especially since home renovation trends are constantly changing.

6. Do homeowners have specific requests regarding the process?

Patrick: Yes, absolutely.

Fortunately, we are working with educated consumers who know what they want. This makes things easier for us – the building company – and for them. They also have access to all information regarding pricing and products at their fingertips.

Plus, they can access multiple bids and contractors as well.

“We had a full gut renovation. It was done in a timely manner with attention to detail and nothing but excellent work. I would recommend Gialluisi Custom Homes to anyone who asks!” Jenn Czarnecki

7. Who picks the materials?

Patrick: In a home renovation project, the contractor usually gives samples and recommendations.

However, it’s up the customers to decide what materials they want to use, depending on their budget allowances.

At Gialluisi Custom Homes we install the highest quality products within specific budgets. But we can also supply any requested materials that the customers want to use.


8. When it comes to kitchen renovations, what are the main upgrades people choose?

Patrick: As mentioned before, an open layout is a must when it comes to home renovation trends in 2018.

For example, a complete renovation of a kitchen usually includes opening up a bearing wall to create more space and extend the kitchen area (if an addition is not possible).

The list of kitchen upgrades continues with:

  • lighting and plumbing fixtures
  • cabinetry and countertops
  • appliances
  • flooring
  • windows
  • tile

Source: Houzz

9. What do people prefer when it comes to home appliances?

Patrick: There are two types of customers:

  1. The ones who pick their appliances within a budget allowance
  2. The ones who only want to install appliances from a specific brand, regardless of the price

We always try to offer our customers the best package deals that are being offered by our distributors. These include rebate incentives and the industries leading brands:

  • Viking
  • Wolf
  • Sub Zero
  • Thermador
  • Bertazzoni
  • Bosch
  • Jenn Air
  • Meile
  • LG
  • GE Café

Source: Houzz


10. What’s the best sold countertop material and why?

Patrick: This is a difficult question because all materials have their advantages.

There are many benefits to all the styles available and there is a great number of options available on the market:

  • Quartz
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Natural Stones
  • Corian
  • Avonite
  • Wood
  • Tile

In most cases the main focus is on the looks of the countertops. They have to create a beautiful contrast with the cabinetry and blend in with the backsplash as well. It’s always a client’s choice.


11. What are the color palette trends for kitchens in 2018?

Patrick: One of the most successful home renovation trends of 2018 is adding white cabinets with an off color island (to coincide with the countertops and backsplash).

We have been utilizing this trend in all of our homes and it seems that everyone loves it. It’s a timeless look that will never go out of style.

“Working with Peter Gialluisi and Patrick Nardone has been a wonderful experience. They are honest, reliable and always quick to respond. They always make time for us when we need them because they want us to be happy with the end result. We are so lucky to have them as our builders.” Jenny and Billy McSweeney

Ready for a home renovation in Westfield in 2018?

Home renovation trends change every year. But that doesn’t mean you need to repaint your walls every time a new color trend comes out!

Check out more amazing home renovation ideas here.

Call 908-206-4659 FREE and get in touch with Patrick Nardone or Mark Levine, our two renovation experts, to discuss your project.

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