You’ve probably been in a few new homes lately – perhaps a friend’s home or your family’s new cabin by the lake – and taken a look at all their cool new gadgets and appliances. Perhaps you’ve even made a few compliments, but secretly envied their new remodeling job. There are a number of hot trends in interior and exterior home design that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also have practical applications too. For instance, some remodeling trends can help broaden the view and increase the property value of a home, some can make your home more comfortable and inviting, and some can lower your monthly utility bill. Here are 5 hot trends in home remodeling for 2013.
- Outdoor living rooms. One of the hottest trends is an outdoor room – a room like any other in your house, but instead of walls, there are screens or large windows. You can think of these rooms as a cross between a sun deck and a lounge. Outdoor living rooms are a great place to spend time in the fresh air during the summer with the family or your significant other, but without all the bugs – specifically mosquitos.
- Blasts of color. Another big trend is little bursts of color throughout the home. Perhaps your home is an old country cabin or cottage – with mostly an old-world or rustic charm – and you want to liven it up a bit because there are too many neutral colors. By applying a vibrant color, like yellow, orange, or blue to cabinets, floors, or even the ceiling – you can bring a whole new dimension into a relatively old one. Typically, you don’t want to go overboard – just a few bursts here and there. You want the color pops to be understated, not obvious.
- Green, green, green all around. 2013 has also seen green products making more of an entry into our remodeling plans. Not the color, but the way of life. Green products, like washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and even HVAC systems will not only reduce your carbon footprint and make you more eco-conscious, but they will also save you money on your monthly utility bills and you might even get a tax break too. Not only that, but green appliances are starting to look cooler and cooler – with sleek, modern designs.
- Prefab additions. If you have the property and you are thinking of building an addition to your home, you might want to look for a remodeling company that specializes in prefab structures. Prefabricated additions to your home are much more cost-effective than adding another room to your home from scratch. Not only that, but you can usually get much more room. Perhaps you are looking to build another guest bedroom or maybe you are welcoming a new human addition to the home – prefab is the way to go.
- Chrome. If stainless steel was the popular metal of last year, chrome is the metal of 2013. Chrome has a much shinier, mirrored look than stainless steel and is being applied to a number of appliances and home details. Ask your contractor about chrome today – it’s the instant way to make your home look fresh and new again.
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