While most people are happy with their homes, there’s at least one part of it they’d like to improve—a larger bathroom, an updated kitchen or a revamped porch. According to a survey conducted by home remodeling website Houzz.com, more and more people are having improvement projects done to their houses in 2013:

More than 100,000 people have spoken. And they say this will be the year renovations come back. The number of U.S. Houzz users moving forward with decorating and redecorating projects has increased by 12 percent compared to this time last year, and 7 percent fewer people than last year say they are delaying home design projects because of the economy, according to the second annual


Houzz & Home survey, which gathered more than 100,000 responses from Houzz’s 14 million monthly unique visitors.

There are many benefits to renovating your home, and topping the list is perhaps aesthetic appeal—who wouldn’t want to come home to a beautiful house? More importantly, there’s the added comfort and functionality you’ll experience. An expanded living room gives you a bigger space to relax in, and allows you to put in a hi-tech home entertainment system. On the other hand, a remodeled kitchen with modern appliances enables you to cook bigger meals more efficiently. Home improvement also increases property value, which is especially important for owners looking to sell their house.

Oftentimes, though, renovations are major undertakings and people forget to update

windows in Fairfax, VA homes

. If you’ve revamped a kitchen, bedroom or living room but not your windows, it would stick out like a sore thumb. Older windows also tend be less energy-efficient, letting in more heat during the summer, while allowing warm air to escape the house in winter.

Fortunately, people looking for

replacement windows in Fairfax

have vinyl windows as an option. Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), these windows are resistant to cracking, corrosion, rot and rust, as well as pests like termites. Some even have insulated frames and use glass with inert gasses between them to eliminate heat transfer as much as possible. Hence, many homeowners find vinyl windows to be energy-saving and low-maintenance fixtures.

Everyone wants a beautiful, comfortable and functional house and renovations can pave the way towards these. When you decide to have one, though, don’t forget to update small but important parts like windows, as well.