Many styles come and go in the world of home building and remodeling. Here are some of the things we’re seeing for this year….
Statement Light Fixtures
Whether it’s the entryway to your home or above the kitchen island, statement light fixtures add character and vintage style lighting is hot this year! Pendants with oversized, glass bulbs, pictured above, are popular.
USB Charging Ports in Electrical Outlets
New outlets now combine standard three prong outlets with USB ports, blending seamlessly into the wall as a standard looking outlet. This is ideal for users of USB chargeable devises such as cell phones and eliminates clutter created by cables and bulky wire.
Whether on the grass, deck, or patio, outdoor living areas allow you to relax and entertain in style. Popular elements we see are outdoor lighting, kitchens, and water features.
Zero Entry Showers
The traditional bathtub is becoming less popular. We’re seeing a shift from space robbing soaking tubs to larger, zero entry showers. These showers feature a floor that is even with the floor of the bathroom and have no curb to step over. They can give a smaller bathroom a bigger feel as well as accomodate households with occupants of varrying ages. Check out this link for great zero entry shower ideas…..http://www.houzz.com/zero-entry-shower
Free Standing Tubs
For those who can’t live without them, free standing models take up less space and can be a focal point to any bathroom.
Remember era of Harvest Gold? Well, many appliances now come in an array of colors. Instead of opting for the stainless steel or paneled look, why not add a splash of color? For a retro kitchen look, check out Big Chill…..http://bigchill.com/color-kitchen-appliances
Floating and Open Shelving in the Kitchen
Less is more! Floating shelves and open shelving mixed in with traditional cabinetry can create a light, airy, and modern look. They can be a great way to display decorative items. Check out great shelving ideas here…. http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/storage/organization/open-storage-ideas/#page=8
Taking the place of traditional chair seating, a banquette is a great way to utilize kitchen space since the seating is directly against the wall – plus it provides bonus storage beneath the seats.