If your 2015 to-do list includes buying a fixer-upper, updating your house to sell, or upgrading your home for your own enjoyment, some of the top remodeling trends to expect this year follows.
Not sure if a home remodel is the right choice for you? The 2015 Cost vs Value Report from Remodeling Magazine advises, “homeowners should do whatever home projects they want if they plan to remain in their homes for five years or longer.”
Homeowners shouldn’t worry what the return on investment of a kitchen is if they are not going to move for a decade.
Outdoor living spaces are one of the top trends in home improvements right now. Comstock images photo
According to the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association, “2015 bathrooms should be three things: contemporary, spa-like and accessible.”
“Showers with seats and safety grab-bars, and low- or zero-barrier walk-in showers are becoming more popular in baby boomer homes,” say the experts at DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen Remodeling. “In-shower seating and safety bars are no longer considered taboo.”
The experts at DreamMaker advise that large format tiles, river rock pebbles and wood-inspired tiles will create a soothing, spa-like bathroom in 2015.
Flush appliance installation
“Kitchen designs will incorporate more flush appliance installations in 2015,” says Nancy Dalton, owner of design/build firm Baywolf Dalton Inc. in Seattle.
A flush appliance installation is where the face of the oven or fridge is flush with the case of a cabinet.
“This new style of installation is very clean; only products developed for flush installations are appropriate. Several higher-end manufacturers offer products, such as convection steam ovens, constructed for this kind of installation,” Dalton says.
“The more expensive institutional care becomes, the more we’ll build and remodel for older generations to live with their children in in-law suites, additions or secondary structures,” say Mark & Theresa Clement, designers, contractors and co-hosts of the “MyFixitUpLife” home, decor and DIY radio show in Philadelphia.
Fully functional outdoor living spaces
This year “will be the year of outdoor living spaces,” says Jim Saxon, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty. “Home buyers are looking for large outdoor gathering spaces that have high-end features, such as stone fire pits and outdoor kitchens.”
The Clements anticipate that as indoor comforts like electronics and appliance become more affordable, this affordability will also become more of the norm for outdoor items.
“Expect 2015 to see design and remodeling to make the outdoors a real ‘room’ in the house,” they say.
Affordable sustainability and technology
What used to be considered a luxury such as sustainable living features and state-of-the-art technology, are now becoming mainstream and will be much more accessible in 2015.
The Clements say, “LED lighting is only getting cheaper. The upcoming generation of homebuyers has sustainability in their DNA and will want it in their homes. It will increasingly take the form of everything from wood decks to more trees in the landscape.”
“Technology, from security systems to full home automation, has become integral in homes,” says Ryan Perrone, president of Nautilus Homes. “Lighting control has been around for a long time, however it is now much more affordable.”
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