Home remodeling has always been an area of interest for hard-working people who want to improve their living experience and create a home that better suits their tastes—but the remodeling industry has never been as big as it is today. Everywhere you look there are magazines, online articles, and TV shows about home renovation. Every year, people come up with new styles and trends that get people talking.
Some of these trends fade away quickly, while other stand the test of time. The advantage of having so much information at your disposal is that you can observe and absorb various remodeling ideas and picture them in your own home.
But imagining is one thing, and actually investing in home remodeling projects is another. When you contact a remodeling specialist and talk about investing real money in real projects, you want to be sure you’re doing the right thing.
Here are some of the interior remodeling ideas that have people talking. Are they here to stay, or soon-to-be outdated?
1. Shower stalls
Relaxing in a nice warm bath is something many people will never give up—yet industry trends show an increasing movement toward shower stalls. For one thing, they create more floor space by making greater use of vertical square footage. It’s possible to make your bathroom feel roomier by changing that old tub for a shower. The second, more important reason is that many people simply don’t use tubs anymore. Walk-in showers are also aesthetically pleasing, highly functional, and easy to maintain.
2. Quartz countertops
Granite has been the “gold standard” of kitchen countertops for quite some time. But the maintenance associated with this material has people looking for alternatives—and engineered quartz has been getting a lot of attention. Engineered quartz countertops actually cost more than granite, but they’re stronger and more durable. Also—and this is a very important point—they don’t require sealant and are highly stain-resistant.
3. Pet amenities
Many homeowners are also pet owners, and many pet owners spare no expense when it comes to their furry companions. Built-in feeding stations, storage areas and even dog showers have begun to pop up on some homes—but many industry experts question whether these renovations are actually good for long-term property value.
4. Convertible porches
The idea that a living area could “become” an outdoor porch may seem outlandish, but many homeowners and designers are intent on making it a reality. New additions and expansions are being designed with large glass doors that can be opened or closed, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Many homeowners are embracing trends of minimalism and greater openness. Examples are open plan living/kitchen areas, wall-removal, and sliding doors that allow spaces to be reconfigured for different purposes. Open shelving is another example. By eliminating traditional “closed cabinet” storage and opting for open shelving, it’s possible to achieve a modern “minimalist” design that creates a greater sense of space.
Are these trends worth it?
Finding the best remodeling projects for your home isn’t always easy, especially with new trends appearing all the time. There are many things to consider, including the existing design of your home and how it compares to other homes in the neighborhood. Finding a reputable home remodeling company who can answer your questions and offer guidance on current trends—without pressuring you to sign on the dotted line before you’re ready—is a valuable step on the path to home remodeling success.