Happy New Year! With a new year comes new remodeling trends. We wanted to take a look at what might just be the next big thing for 2015.
The Universal Design
This is the remodeling and home building industry’s attempt to create a space that works for many types of people. The idea is that your home will not only work for you now, but for years to come. [Jan 1Blog 1 resized 600]
According to the National Association of Home Builders, a universal home design is characterized by the following remodels:
Additionally, homes with more light and which have incorporated sustainable designs like skylights or solar panels have added to the universal aspect of the space. This type of remodel is ideal if you are planning to grow old in your home or you plan to have an elderly or ill family member live with you.
Spacious Bathing Features
It’s predicted that stand-alone tubs and walk-in showers will be more popular than ever in 2015. The all-in-one aspect of a bathtub with a shower built-in has gone the way of the 90’s and is being replaced with luxurious tubs with separate showers.
Open Kitchen and General Floor Plan
Gone are the days when the kitchen was a cloistered environment meant for just one person’s use. Today we want our kitchens to be a space for conversation and easy access. The problem of losing cabinet and counter space by opening up a kitchen is solved with a kitchen island.
This idea of opening up the kitchen has extended to the rest of the home. We are seeing more and more wide open spaces within the home. Fewer walls create an easy flow between the front foyer to the living room to the dining room and over to the kitchen. This open space makes conversation easier and has a less formal feel. We are talking about your home, after all - not Downton Abbey.
One thing many homeowners want is a beautiful home that has functionality. Instead of just a staircase a homeowner may want a built in bookcase or wine cellar. Not only do we want a window seat, we want one that opens up to stow books or blankets.
This increased desire for functionality in homes has presented us with one of our favorite challenges. That is: what can we do for you that provides you with more than you expect? We often answer this question by providing homeowners with the beautiful space they wanted, along with the functionality they need to create a place in which they can live comfortably for many years to come.
The remodeling trends we care about are not what type of tile or faucet is popular right now. This is because no matter what is “in” right now, you will be the one living in the home for years to come. So, the trends that matter are the ones that make you - the homeowner happier and more comfortable.
Which trend do you want to see in 2015?