4 home remodeling design trends for 2014

Having separate rooms and walls everywhere is a thing of the past and having a home you can entertain in is now a priority to homeowners, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brandon O. of Boston)

Having separate rooms and walls everywhere is a thing of the past and having a home you can entertain in is now a priority to homeowners, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brandon O. of Boston)

A new year brings new trends in all industries and home improvement is no exception. Home remodeling design trends are sought out by people looking to purchase new homes as well as those looking to stay put and give their current home a facelift. Here are four trends to watch for in 2014.

1. Universal design is here to stay.

Universal design is quickly becoming the hottest trend in the housing industry to date.  Not familiar with the term? A home that features Universal design is one that anyone can use whether they are young, old, short, tall or have a disability. It is a home that anyone could inhabit and make work. 

Some of the most typical design concepts are having all of your living space on the main floor, larger doorways and hallways, appliances that are countertop height verses over the stove and larger showers, especially ones that can just walk into. 

Universal design, when done right, does not make your home look any different from your neighbors’; it is just more user friendly for anyone from a small child to an elderly relative.

2. Quartz? It’s the new granite

Want something that is more practical than granite, has a similar look and feel and is exploding in popularity in the industry? Consider having quartz countertops installed in your home.  

They’re great for anything from an island in your kitchen, your bathroom vanity or the bar in your basement. Quartz is very durable and is able resist chipping, cracking and staining. It is a super-hard, low-maintenance natural looking stone that comes in a dazzling array of colors.

3. Opt for energy efficient appliances

Today’s homeowners are still hot on the “green” trend and saving energy for financial gain anywhere they can. High-efficiency shower heads and toilets have now taken precedence over large master bathroom tubs and touchless plumbing fixtures.  

4. Kitchens are now a part of your living space

In the 1980s, it was unheard of to have an open floor plan adjoining your kitchen and living/dining room into one gigantic space. Not in 2014, where we embrace the space! 

Having separate rooms and walls everywhere is a thing of the past and having a home you can entertain in is now a priority to homeowners. A big reason for this has been that appliance designers are creating new ways to seamlessly blend appliances into a home’s living space, allowing the kitchen to take on a new role.


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