Home professionals note different trends in remodeling across the country"Two years ago, two-thirds of my work was new construction and a third was renovation projects. In the last two years, that has completely flipped," says Charlie Simmons of Charlie & Co. Design, Minneapolis. "It's hard to sell a home — instead of potentially taking a loss to sell their house, people are modifying their existing home to make the most out of what they have." Sven Gustafson, a custom home builder and owner of Stonewood LLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota says that while his new construction business hasn't decreased, the remodeling side of his business has increased to about the same level as the new construction side. Ed Dion of Dion Builders in Tallahassee, Florida has observed something quite different in his home state. "I haven't noticed an increase in remodeling," he says. "More of a decrease in construction overall with remodeling faring better than new home construction — so contractors who normally build new homes are now renovating."