Last year’s home remodeling trends included concrete countertops, white kitchens, glass backsplashes, and dark hardwoods. So what trends will 2013 bring? We’re putting our money on the following:
- Walk-in showers: More and more people reaching retirement are deciding to stay in their current home rather than relocating. As a result, we are seeing an increase in remodeling for easier mobility.
- Quartz countertops: Granite has been king for many years, and will continue to remain a popular choice. However, quartz is gaining momentum. It is extremely durable and non-porous, meaning that food and liquid won’t stick to its surface (making cleanup easy). It is also available in a variety of colors and does not need to be sealed.
- Custom Built-ins: As families decide to remain in one house for longer than they did in the past, home remodels have begun to focus on customization. This trend applies to cabinetry as well. Instead of buying an entertainment center or bookshelf from the superstore down the street, homeowners are opting for custom built-ins. It not only increases the value of the home, but also makes the space feel personal.
- Decorative Range Hoods over Stoves: Range hoods used to be the ugly, chunk of metal that was necessary but visually unappealing. Not anymore. Range hoods come in all different styles and colors, and can add a wonderful accent to any kitchen. Whether your taste is sleek and modern, or rustic and ornate, there is a hood that matches it.
Some trends go away within the blink of an eye, while others stay around until they eventually become staples. If you are concerned with making your home too trendy, here are some remodeling ideas that are proven to have staying power:
- Open Floor Plans: Homes first started favoring open layouts in the 1980’s. An open floor plan makes a home feel larger and allows for more natural light to flow from room to room. The kitchen and living spaces most often become combined so the ones cooking can still mingle with family and guests.
- Big Kitchens: Kitchens are the heart of the home and the place families gather. A big, inviting kitchen makes cooking enjoyable.
- Lots of Natural Light: Natural light makes a home feel more open, bringing the outdoors in. It has been said by psychologists that a consistently well lit room is better for a person's mood than a consistently dark room.
What do you think about home remodeling trends, new and old? Leave a comment below!
Posted January 25, 2013