Remodeling Trends for 2014
Is it Time for a Renovation?
Most homeowners have at one point either thought about or actually made some sort of improvements on their home. In 2013 there was an increase in home remodeling and we believe the trend will continue in 2014, and into the future. There are many different types of remodels and some will improve your home value better than others. Some good home improvements include remodeling a bathroom, or kitchen, adding an addition or bedroom, finishing a basement, adding a deck, and making a home environmentally sustainable.
It is common now for people to want a modern kitchen with upgraded cabinets, eat-in space, upgraded appliances, and even a larger area. It used to be popular to have kitchens with a more rustic feel with wood cabinetry and warm colors. Now homeowners are choosing sleeker designs, with high-end countertops, back-splashes, flooring, lighting, and cabinetry. The kitchen has always been a central part of the house, where family and friends congregate, and the kitchen improvements we have done recently really create a warm and inviting space.
Appliances used to be white, black, or stainless steel. Now there are many more choices that make the kitchen unique. For example, hidden appliances have become popular. This is where the appliances are designed with the same look as the cabinets, so they appear to blend in with everything around them. This gives the kitchen a smooth look with a great deal of synergy.
There are many different ways to update a bathroom. In 2014 we expect to see more walk-in showers, heated floors or towel racks, and more storage space. These designs will be replacing wainscoting and old-fashioned tubs. The same type of cabinetry and countertops that we see in remodeled kitchens can be used in bathrooms. Homeowners are choosing more neutral colors and sleek designs. Some colors that homeowners have been choosing are cool colors like light blue and off-white. Jetted bathtub, glass shower enclosure, and rain shower heads or multiple shower heads are also popular bathroom upgrades.
Making a Home Sustainable
People are going green more each year, but in 2014 it may get easier. Becoming eco-friendly is a good idea for every feature of a home, but it is something that is being incorporated into home changes says Craig Webb, editor-in-chief of Remodeling Magazine. Remodels will use more bamboo, energy efficient appliances and designs that incorporate the climate. Simple ways to make your home more sustainable are adding energy saving light bulbs, cutting down the use of utilities, and decreasing the amount of running water. Becoming eco-friendly is a good idea, and there are many ways to add that to your home upgrade.
All of these improvements help a home to continue experiencing increased value. Room additions, and kitchen or bathroom remodels tend to bring about the greatest return on your investment. If you want to stay in your home but it is not completely meeting all of your needs, contact us for a consultation. Together we can come up with the perfect remodeling design to suit your wants and needs.