1. Creating more space
Slade says he's seen an increase in the number of homeowners who want to knock down walls between adjoining rooms. "People are deciding the home they live in needs to perform a certain way for them," he says. "It might not be big enough or nice enough or might not be oriented right for their growing family."
Removing a wall instantly opens up the home, creating a new look and feel without having to do any new construction. It helps the rooms of the home flow into each other while allowing light to spread around. "You almost feel like you have a new house and it gives you more opportunities," Slade says.
Griffey says the most popular choice is knocking down walls between the kitchen and adjoining rooms like the family room or dining room. He’s seen an increase in these projects and expects the trend to continue through 2013.
It's important to hire a qualified contractor for a wall demolition because it's dangerous work, especially if it's a load-bearing wall.
2. Customized remodeling
Emily Domaschk, owner of highly rated Signature Home Improvements Inc., in Round Rock, Texas, says custom remodeling is hot right now and homeowners are choosing projects to make their homes more functional. "Everyone wants to bring custom design ideas into their own home," she says.
The latest trends include everything from special stations for charging cell phones and computers to custom storage spaces and built-ins. Custom lighting, such as installing under-cabinet lighting, toe kick and soffit lighting and concealed outlets for charging laptops and cell phones are also popular options.
"We're also seeing a lot more personalized organizational concepts incorporated, such as message centers for the busy family and customized pot drawers for the gourmet chef," Domaschk says.
3. Walk-in shower and master bath
While kitchen remodeling has been popular for years, Griffey says homeowners are now investing in remodeling their bathrooms. "Master bathroom remodeling is becoming as popular as kitchen remodeling," he says. "In 2013, the big trend in remodeling a master bathroom will be getting rid of the large bulky tub and opting for a larger shower. People just aren't using the big tubs that much anymore."
Homeowners are choosing walk-in showers that sit flush with the floor and stand-alone bath tubs to maximize existing space.
"Shower projects have been huge – especially with everyone wanting to upgrade to walk-in showers with expanses of frameless glass," Domaschk says. "We expect this to continue in the New Year."
4. Remodeling for energy efficiency
Eco-friendly remodeling has been hot for several years, and more people are starting to make functional green improvements that provide immediate results.
"It's not recycled glass countertops or bamboo flooring but better indoor air quality," Griffey says. "From low-VOC paints and adhesives to more energy-efficient windows and furnaces, these trends are here to stay."
Some popular efficiency improvements include replacing an aging HVAC system with a newer, more energy-efficient model that can be programmed to operate based on the homeowner's specific preferences. Smart thermostats that study a homeowner's living habits and automatically set up a unique operation plan are also gaining in popularity.
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