Thursday, August 20, 2009
Trends in Home Remodeling
For many homeowners, remodeling offers a chance to improve their lifestyle. From bigger bathrooms and kitchens to greener living spaces, take a look at some of the latest trends in home remodeling and design.
Lavishly expanded bathrooms: Master bathrooms are becoming a personal oasis where homeowners can unwind and relax. Standard showeheads are being replaced with oversized rain shower heads, and some are equipping showers with body sprays, steam showers, solid surface shower walls, and heated tile floors. Concrete flooring is again on the rise due to its reasonable cost. Stained concrete maximizes in-floor radiant heat and is a durable, easy-to-clean flooring solution that can refresh and update an entire look.
Larger, more functional kitchens: The kitchen is no longer just a place to prepare meals. Now more than ever, it is a place for gathering, doing homework, crafts, bill paying stations, and more. Kitchen remodels are including the addition of computer desks, comfortable seating areas, fireplaces, and large workable islands. More and more homeowners are opting for commercial-grade stainless steel appliances, Viking stoves and Sub-Zero refrigerators. Cabinetry - maple and hickory are neck and neck with cherry wood in popularity, and the simple, sleek lines of Mission, Asian, and Shaker design can be found in many kitchens. Darker finishes are also a frequent choice for cabinets, with black and deep red/brown showing to be very popular.
Going green: Solar panels are now sleek integrated solar power systems that are capable of handling all the power needs of a house. More homeowners are looking to solar technology as a viable option. Sustainable living is proving to more than pay for itself.
Neutral, down-to-earth colors: Homeowners are looking to their homes as a place of refuge, natural and muted earth shades are being used in the home. The days of highly polished granite or porcelain tile are over, and flooring and countertop choices are also muted. In their place, soapstone and honed granite, as well as quartz countertops with matte finishes, are quickly becoming a popular choice of homeowners.
State-of-the-Art laundry rooms: Isolated laundry rooms in the basement or garage are long gone! Colorful and housing the best appliances, laundry rooms are becoming something of a status symbol. This room is also a place for completing messy chores, crafts, and gardening projects.
Current remodeling projects show heightened emphasis on creating specialty areas to fit individual family members needs. Attractive, high quality materials are the method of choice and high on the priority list for today's consumers.
It is not unusual to find remodeling projects that result in the creation of very specific areas for each member of the household. The home library, media room, craft room, spa area and wine cellar are a few "stand-out" spaces that are growing in popularity. It seems the ultimate luxury consists of more space and homeowners are not willing to sacrifice quality for quantity.
Before you begin any project in which you are unsure of where to start, don’t hesitate to call a professional to give you design tips and construction management services.