Four Trends in Remodeling According to Contractors
Contractors are starting to spot a few key trends in remodeling projects for 2017. Do any of these sound like your renovation?
- Accessible Design – There has been growing interest in multigenerational housing for many years. Aging baby boomers are moving in with their Generation X children, and bring their own needs. These include handrails, doors wide enough for wheelchairs, and even additions such as 1st-floor bedrooms.
- Kitchens and baths continue to be the focal point of any major renovation. Whites and shades of gray are the colors of choice, as they have a timeless quality. And yet because of their neutral palette, these kitchens can be more easily adapted to new design trends.
- Quartz countertops are starting to dominate the market. New technologies have enabled manufacturers to very closely mimic the looks and feel of granite or marble. However unlike natural stone, quartz requires no maintenance or upkeep.
- The costs of smart home features and home automation keep falling, and many are now within reach of the average homeowner. While Star Trek-like food replicators are still a few years away, smartphone-controlled HVAC systems aren’t uncommon. One very popular upgrade is an app-enabled garage door opener, which lets you check to see if the door is open or closed, and can alert you to unexpected activity.