REPOST: Building Solutions: Timeless remodeling trends

Some design aesthetic paradigms age better than others, keeping their charm longer than their more current yet faddish counterparts. Dwight Sailer and Bryan Soth of the Coloradoan write about how owners should think with timelessness in mind when remodeling their home.

A recently remodeled kitchen on West Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins reflects trends that will remain popular in 2015, including white cabinets, subway tiles, walk-in pantry with sliding barn door, and accent island with seating.

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A brand new year is right around the corner. If you’re planning a home remodeling or improvement project in 2015, you’re not alone. The National Association of Home Builders reports that remodeling activity across the nation is at an all-time high, with no real signs of slowing in 2015.

Many homeowners are resolved to rip out that hideous shag carpet and replace those avocado appliances in the new year.

So how can you integrate fresh design trends into your remodel without falling for another ugly fad? Follow these basic home remodeling trends for 2015 that offer timeless appeal and a sound investment:

Open layouts

More and more homeowners are remodeling to create open floor plans in 2015. This does not have to involve building an addition or expanding the existing footprint of your home. For example, you can remove a wall, forgo the formal dining room and create one larger kitchen-dining-living “great room” space that is open, inviting and better for entertaining.

Universal design

By 2030, there will be 72 million Americans over the age of 65, the majority of whom wish to live in their homes independently. As baby boomers continue to age, the demand for universal design — or designing for accessibility without sacrificing visual appeal and style — will continue to grow each year. As a result, we expect to see more open floor plans, roll-in showers, wider doorways, floating sinks and cabinets, and other wheelchair-accessible features in 2015 remodels.

Kitchens

Renewed interest in scratch baking, gourmet cooking and family dinner time is on the rise, so we’re seeing consistent growth in kitchen remodels. Functionality and low-maintenance will be key themes in 2015. Homeowners are asking for easy-to-clean cabinetry and smudge-proof stainless steel smart appliances. Accent islands with seating and walk-in or butler’s pantries continue to grow in popularity. Non-porous engineered quartz countertops, like Caesarstone, are also gaining attention. Although color is coming back to the kitchen, classic white palettes, subway tiles and farmhouse sinks will remain design staples for years to come.

Bathrooms

Homeowners with two or more bathtubs are likely to replace a jetted tub with an oversized shower if completing a master bathroom remodel in 2015. As mentioned before, boomers are driving the growing trend for universally accessible showers, sinks and vanities. Built-in shower benches will remain popular in 2015, but gadgets such as body sprays are losing their novelty.

Green remodeling

Home improvement choices that enhance energy efficiency, resource conservation and a healthy indoor environment will continue to gain favor in 2015. Green remodeling isn’t a fad. Green remodeling is good remodeling, so we encourage homeowners to embrace this trend in 2015 and beyond. The United States Green Building Council suggests using sustainably minded materials that are natural and nontoxic, locally made or sustainably harvested, recycled and recyclable, energy-efficient to produce, and durable.

Whole-house smart systems

Expect to see more automated “smart-home” systems in 2015, which allow homeowners to remotely control lighting, appliances, temperature, media, security, window shades and more from a smartphone or tablet. The app-based technology may seem like a fad, but it is quickly moving mainstream.

To minimize the risk of falling for a regrettable fad, consider working with an interior designer during your next remodel. A professional designer can help you navigate trends and select enduring finishes, materials and layout options that have universal appeal and real staying power for years to come.

Frank LaMark is the president of CabinetsDirectRTA and is a proponent on the fusion of form and function. Visit this blog for more on kitchen remodeling and design.

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