One of the main reasons people remodel their homes is to improve their enjoyment of their living space. Many people remodel to get rid of features that previous owners added and to customize the space to their own taste. This can be as simple as a new coat of paint or as complex as knocking out walls and adding new structural features.
Another reason to do home improvement projects is to improve the functionality of the home. This can often involve knocking out walls to open up the space in rooms so they flow better and look larger. Other functional remodels might be adding a shower to a bathroom that only has a tub, for example.
More and more these days, people are doing remodeling projects either solely for better energy efficiency in their home or they are taking care to heed energy efficiency in whatever project they do. Replacing windows and doors, getting new appliances and changing out lights and plumbing fixtures to replace them with more energy-efficient ones are all projects that can improve energy efficiency. Adding insulation when doing a remodel is an example of a more indirect energy-efficiency feature in a remodel.
Another main reason that people remodel is to improve the value of your house, either for an imminent sale or with an eye to selling a home in the future. Among the best remodeling projects for adding value are bathroom and kitchen projects, adding or replacing a deck and converting space or finishing off unfinished space for things such as extra bedrooms or bathrooms.