Stuck day and night in homes that feel too cramped or outdated, and with the options to escape to something better increasingly limited, a growing number of homeowners across metro Denver and the state are spending large amounts to renovate and remodel.
“When COVID hit, our home became our offices overnight, it became a school. We moved our father-in-law in because we didn’t feel safe with him living where he was,” said Gina Earles, executive director of Blue Sky Bridge, a nonprofit that oversees child advocacy programs in Boulder County.
With five people crowded full-time into the confines of the family’s north Boulder home, every bit of space became important in a way it wasn’t before, she said. Defects that the family once tolerated became grating.
The work started early in the pandemic, with basement repairs on damage from the 2013 floods making way to add an apartment for her husband Tracy’s father, who is 90. The work quickly moved upstairs over the summer into updates of the furniture, carpet, paint and window coverings, followed by a master bathroom remodel still underway in 2021.
“We always thought our bathroom was dated. It wasn’t a nice space. We hated the tile,