From Road Casualties Online
The home remodeling themes of 2013 are practicality and efficiency. While the country is still dealing with the recession, the lessons learnt from houses being lost to foreclosure are those of living within our means. For many people what this means is living in smaller homes but taking advantage of the space, taking the indoor/outdoor environment into consideration, and making a research for individual needs.
Bigger is not better. The popularity continues to be called the tiny home trend. Homes no more than 500 sq ft are being built on small plenty of land, however for many people with families, buying homes that fit the requirements of the family without excess space is exactly what is working. Within those homes open floor plans have replaced formal dining and sitting rooms. Kitchens blend into common areas and dining spaces. This not only allows for better functionality in the home, but for more open conversation and interaction of these living there.
People currently remodeling are not just looking at what is going to work with them now, but also what will be useful in the future. The baby boomer generation is retiring and keeping an eye on how their lives might change. Doors are now being widened to accommodate wheelchairs. Bathroom remodels include larger showering spaces, or doing away with glass walls and achieving an open shower with tile floors. Bi-level countertops and sinks are now being installed when you have active children or parents needing wheelchair accessibility. Access in and out of homes may also be considered.
Because so many people work from home, using a space where one can work in without distraction is also critical. Home offices are being made from baby rooms or other smaller rooms in the house. Home offices can also be converted in the future to bedrooms, living spaces or other spaces.
One other popular trend is making sure homes are very well insulated and energy efficient. Including the insulation in the walls in addition to double paned windows, energy-efficient appliances and more.
Appearances, of course, are essential. As for the indoors, hidden appliances are the trend, meaning dishwashers are engrossed in wood fronts, other appliances sit in drawers built to fit them. Minimalist design is reigning in the kitchen area and other rooms.
Carpets are out. Heated wood flooring are the most widely used and then leave a clean finish then one that does not show the wear and tear carpeting does.
Outdoors, there has been a lot more native landscaping and rock landscapes that need little water and little upkeep.
If you are planning an entire house remodel or perhaps a partial one, bear in mind efficiency, functionality and practicality. Just how can your house better last?