According to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB), home remodeling is has reached a pinnacle, with continued growth forecasted throughout this year.
Two fundamental components homeowners are adding to their residences include stylish functionality and environmentally friendly, self-renewing materials.
Kitchen cabinets that are crisp, simple and low maintenance combined with a modern, sleek look are in demand. Others choose to resurface existing cabinetry, an affordable and green option.
Countertops that are both attractive and have significant longevity (such as granite) continue to be popular. But the no-maintenance countertop is becoming a must-have for many. A new material on the remodel scene that meets these needs is Caeserstone. Made up of primarily natural quartz, it is nonporous and resists stains, scratches and most challenges the average household will throw at it. It never needs to be sealed, is easy to clean and maintain and comes in a rainbow of colors to meet all design tastes.
Backsplashes offer a culinary focal point and become a work of art, especially when they include colorful glass or mosaic tiles. Solid glass backsplashes lend a chic, modern appearance and are often easier to clean (no grout!)
Hardwood is the flooring of choice for many, as it is easy to clean and non-allergenic. Homeowners are trending toward engineered wood flooring that affords them a variety of colors and grains as well as durability and easy installation.
Universal Design (link: previous blog about Universal Design) is a forward-thinking trend used in building and remodeling that works to create a simple and functional living environment suitable for everyone.
As homeowners embrace the fact that yards are part of their ‘home’, outdoor living spaces continue to be integrated and expanded upon. These areas include screened in porches and patios that include outdoor kitchens, dining and entertainment spaces.
Master baths with Zen-like spaces continue to be a hot remodeling trend. Spacious closets, double vanities, walk-in showers and deep soaking tubs are among the top must-haves in Master Suites.
Homes are becoming smarter with automated controls for lighting, heat and air conditioning, security systems and even entertainment systems. Technology abounds, giving homeowners a myriad of smart options.
Healthy living is a big push in creating toxin and chemical-free environments. This also extends to upgrading our energy-draining appliances to more energy-efficient appliances, including solar. A remodel is the perfect time to take advantage of government rebate programs for installing residential renewable energy sources.
Remodeling is an exciting way to make your house exactly right for your family’s lifestyle. Not only can it improve your living spaces but functionality, health and well being through the use of Universal Design concepts, sustainable materials, use of renewable energy sources and ‘smart’ automation.