Local Highlight: Ideas for Remodeling Your Home Part 2

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Don’t Discount Old Styles

Just because a hot design trend that was in many years ago and isn’t anymore doesn’t mean that you can’t use that old style. In fact, a common trend that we saw in 2014 is for homeowners to actually combine new trends with old ones, giving a very unique feel to their homes.  For example, a stainless steel refrigerator is definitely in for newer designs, but an old style kitchen sink definitely wouldn’t be.  At least, not on its own.  What if you were to combine the stainless steel refrigerator with an old style of sink in your kitchen?  It would give a very unique feel to your entire kitchen.

Go Green

Going green for home renovating improvements have been an increasing trend for many years, and now they can officially be labeled as ‘in.’ This is because homeowners want their houses to be as efficient as possible, and that means installing things such as automation system while replacing outdated equipment in the home.

As going green has become a more popular trend, it’s now simultaneously become cheaper to do so. Previously, going green for your home would have cost a pretty penny, but enough people have made the switch to make their homes green that it’s now costs very little extra.  The number of people who have been requesting efficient doors, windows, and interior design amenities has been increasing.  An example is fiberglass doors, which are far more energy efficient than wooden doors.

Something else you can do to make your home more green is to avoid buying new furniture and instead reupholster the existing furniture you have. The quality of older furniture that homeowners currently own is actually typically of higher quality than most furniture you can buy new at furniture stores.

Don’t feel overwhelmed by all of these ideas for renovating your home.  You’re certainly not the only one who is looking into remodeling.  Home improvement spending has increased dramatically in 2014, and that trend is likely to continue into the new year of 2015.  Each one of those homeowners who are embarking on renovating their home faces in the same challenge in figuring out what to do for their home as you do, so don’t feel overwhelmed at all.  You can stay trendy and work your creative mind at the same time.

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Local Highlight: Ideas For Remodeling Your Home

(See part 2 here) Do you need some specific ideas for remodeling your home?  If you want to keep up with the current trends, here is what you should do:

Open Up the Kitchen

Opening up the kitchen means that you simply have a wall removed in between the kitchen and a room next to it. This creates a lot of space in the kitchen that makes it more convenient to cook and prepare meals, but it also makes the kitchen look significantly bigger than it actually is.  Even smaller homes will look larger on the interior once people begin to utilize open floor plans.  After all, you don’t only use the kitchen for eating and preparing meals.  It’s an area to socialize and get some work done.

Use Hardwood Flooring

Opening up your kitchen is only the first part in renovating your home. Install hardwood floors as the second part of your kitchen renovation plan.  Yes, hardwood floors are significantly more expensive than other flooring options, but remember, hardwood floors are also timeless and they have never gone out of style over the years.  In fact, back in 2014, hardwood floors were more popular in renovated kitchens even than tile.

Customization

When renovating your home, you want to make sure that it’s a good fit for your family and for your tastes, but you also want to make sure that the renovation will improve the function of the space. When customizing your home, you must weigh your needs vs. your wants.  Every room in your home is important, and you don’t want to make it unimportant just by making it look cool.  Comfort, looks, and usability all have to be taken into account.

What are some common customization plans that are being put into effect by other homeowners? An easy one to point out is charging stations for phones, tablets, and laptops.  Another example is USB charging ports that are built into electrical outlooks to make the rooms significantly more improved.

Separate the Shower from the Bathtub…if You Want a Bathtub

Less and less homeowners are installing a shower and bathtub combination. The two are constantly being separated, and in many cases, the bathtub is not even installed.  Homeowners are liking standup showers with tiles and glass much more than having it combined with a bathtub or even having a bathtub installed at all.