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With the new year comes new building trends. At Kliethermes Homes and Remodeling, we are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest and most creative building trends on the market. If you’ve been thinking about revamping a space in your home, 2016 might just be the year to do it! Check out the trends below, and be sure to contact us when you’re ready to make your dreams a reality.
Furniture-Style design: Out with the old and in with the new. People are beginning to understand that an open concept means your kitchen needs to have the same comforts of home as the living room. This means essential elements such as the kitchen island are becoming more furniture-like. This takes many different approaches: raising islands up on legs, including paneling or molding or choosing a durable yet stylish alternative countertop. By making these small changes, your kitchen will become an extension of your living space rather than just a functional area that is used for prepping and cooking.
Textures that wow: Have you ever walked through the bedding department in a store and not wanted to touch each and every comforter, throw, pillow or plush blanket? Didn’t think so. Now, you can make your kitchen stand out by adding different types of texture. Areas to think about are countertops, cabinets, paneling, faucets, hardware and backsplash, so basically, any surface. Natural marble, engineered stone and wood are some of the trends we’ll be seeing in 2016.
From the bottom up
Bigger is not always better: According to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders, the average size of a new home, or those being remodeled, is actually getting smaller. Although this might not be because people are realizing they don’t want to clean a 5,000-square-foot house, it is because people want to be greener. In addition, people want their heating and cooling costs to go down. So when you’re thinking about building a new home or remodeling your space, this might be something to think about!
Living Room? What’s that?: Great rooms that encourage a truly open floor plan by combining the kitchen with the main living space are now replacing traditional living rooms. This means while you’re cooking dinner, you can easily see what’s going on in the rest of the living space. Maybe your kids are doing their homework or playing games, or maybe they’re wrestling, and you want to make sure they don’t knock over the expensive vase or slam their head against the fireplace. Whatever your reasoning might be, open floor plans are where we’re headed. Another survey from the NAHB showed that other spaces, such as formal dining rooms, are also expected to disappear slowly.
When the time comes for you to think about remodeling the space you have, think about these building trends: opening up your floor plan and expanding the living space into your kitchen, adding textures that wow to add an extra pop into your kitchen or bathroom or if you’re building from the ground up, think about how much space you really need. These trends will truly set your home apart and at Kliethermes Homes and Remodeling, we can make it happen.