Flashy upgrades with all the bells and whistles are out and functionality is in for today’s homeowners considering remodeling.
In the aftermath of the housing market crisis, remodeling projects have become less pretentious, focusing more on living spaces. Homeowners are putting their money into open floor plan designs and multi-purpose rooms. We’ve also seen a trend in homeowners addressing the accessibility and aging-in-place issues of their older homes. The intent is to live comfortably in their homes for a longer time as they deal with the realities of changing lifestyles and needs.
Kitchen and bathroom remodeling top the wish lists. Kitchens are reclaiming their function as command central. Master bathrooms have become private sanctuaries.
Following are the top 10 design trends we see for 2013, in no particular order:
Cabinets: Clean and simple lines are the 2013 trend. This helps eliminate clutter and is economical at the same time.
Countertop: Granite has been trumped by quartz. Granite is not going away but is being used less because of all quartz has to offer.
Backsplashes: Glass mosaics are out and material with more texture is on the rise. Stone and tile lead the pack. They provide more interesting options and tie in well with natural stone or quartz countertops.
Kitchen Sinks: The double bowl is out. Large, deeper single bowl sinks are in. These sinks actually fit large size roasting pans and baking sheets. There will be a balance between stainless steel and porcelain versions of the single bowl sink.
Flooring: Pre-engineered and prefinished hardwood flooring is becoming the gold standard in 2013. The finishes are durable and the installation time is greatly reduced from the once popular site-finished flooring. All the dust created by sanding is eliminated.
Color Palette: Darker grays are the new black. Dark grays easily blend with other colors like chocolates, lighter grays, and certain greens.
Universal Design: With Certified-Aging-In-Place-Specialists (CAPS) employees, Custom Design & Construction’s designers are developing simple solutions to allow homeowners to live comfortably in their homes for as long as possible.
Healthy Homes: Sustainable design and building techniques are here to stay. 2013 will see the continued growth and advancement of energy efficient products promoting healthy living environments.
Great rooms: Many projects now involve removing walls when remodeling the kitchen to create great rooms, allowing people in the kitchen to be part of the social action as well.
Custom Elements: While remodeling most homeowners want that special touch that customizes the project to make it uniquely theirs. These trends include concealed charging stations for electronics, custom built-ins for fully functioning media centers, and even antique furniture pieces modified and repurposed in a modern way.
Bill Simone is owner of Custom Design & Custom Construction. (RemodelWithUs.com). ER