Top Remodeling Trends for 2012 and 2013

Make Money on a Kitchen Makeover
As many of you know, kitchens are among the most popular rooms in the home to remodel.  Real estate appraisers agree with this.  If you are homeowner and you are looking to resell your home, you could recoup about an average of 81% from your kitchen remodeling investment. If you aren’t looking to sell just yet, kitchen remodeling upgrades offer convenience and energy savings.
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Trends:
•    Induction and Gas Stovetops
•    Engineered Stone and Quartz Bars
•    French Door Refrigerators
•    European Spray Pullout Faucets
•    Deep Single Bowl Sinks

Bathrooms Will Become an Everyday Spa
The next best remodeling investment includes the addition of a master bathroom.   It is becoming increasingly popular to create a mini-spa like environment within your master bath.
Trends:
•    Dual Rain Shower Heads
•    Deep Jacuzzi Soaker Tubs and
•    Soft, Multi-Colored Mood LED Lighting
•    Quartz and Granite Countertops
•    Integrated Sink Tops
•    Sink Vessels and Bronze Fixture Finishes

 

Opening Up Space – Removing Walls

Many older homes were built with floor plans that feature a series of small boxed-in, low-ceiling rooms.  Many homeowners eventually complain of cabin fever in this type of floor plan. If this sounds familiar, why not invest in some remodeling that opens up your floor plan!  Breaking down an interior wall or two to can create a free-flowing space between the kitchen and living room or a dining room and living room.  This can instantly make your home feel lighter and more spacious. Plus, homeowners love the extra square footage for entertaining with family and friends.

 

 

Say Good-Bye to Carpet
Switching out carpet for hardwood, laminate, bamboo, stone, cork, tile or reclaimed flooring can make one of the biggest impacts on the appearance of your rooms.  In 2012 the trend is to say good-bye to carpet for good in your home remodeling project. Also, statistics show that hardwood floors are a better option for people who have pets or suffer allergies since there are no fibers to collect pet hair or dander.

Bring the Community Pool into Your Yard
Summers are hot, but everyone knows how much sun and water are loved.   For those of you that currently spend your time at the community pool during summer time, think about what it would be like to have your own pool and not have to share it with the entire neighborhood?  More and more people are electing to cool off without the crowds by having a pool built in their own backyard.

 

 

 

 

 

Trends:
•    No Deeper Than Five Feet
•    Rectangular, Minimal Lined Geometric Pools
•    Rock and Water Cascade Features
•    Pool houses with Restrooms and Showering Facilities for Guests
•    Storage Area for Pool Supplies, Toys and More

Take a Vacation on your Own Property
During nice weather, outdoors is a popular destination. Everyone loves a good vacation, but have you considered saving some money in the long run and vacationing on your on property?  Rather than packing your bags and hopping on a plane, many people are choosing to allocate next year’s travel budget to building an outdoor entertaining space.
Trends:
•    Built in Play Pools
•    Pool Houses
•    Arbors
•    Outdoor Kitchens
•    Sun Rooms
•    Multi-Leveled Decks
•    Sand
Be Resourceful with Building Materials
Creativity doesn’t always have to cost more!  In fact, sometimes being resourceful can offer you something extremely unique and cost effective.  The trend in 2012 is to utilize commercial building materials for residential purposes. Consider using recycled materials to infuse new life into your old home.  Not only will you be reducing your footprint on planet Earth, but you will also have something that is one of a kind.
Trends:
•    Shipping Containers
•    Wood Pallets
•    Farm Silos
•    Scrap Metal

 

Continue to be Energy Efficient
The value of upgrading the envelope or skin of your home for weatherization cannot be underestimated. To keep homes cool during hot summers, many homeowners upgrade ducting, HVAC equipment and/or windows. Window replacement combined with HVAC sizing is a science and consultation with an expect is important for maximizing your dollar and your home’s energy performance.

With these trends and with the right home building team, you can turn your dream bathroom into a reality. What are you waiting for then? If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!