Home owners are investing in their homes once again, according to recent industry surveys that point to a strong rebound taking hold in home remodeling. Home owners also may be seeing higher gains from some of these remodeling projects at resale, according to the most recent Cost vs. Value Report, which reviews the top remodeling projects that offer the highest returns at resale. The Cost vs. Value Report is conducted each year by Remodeling Magazine, in conjunction with REALTOR(R) Magazine.
While some clients have a taste for the traditional, others want to be on the cutting edge of home remodeling design. With these trendy clients in mind, here are the 10 of the hottest trends for remodeling for 2014.
- Curbless Shower: As the demand for tubs continues to diminish, curbless showers are becoming more popular.
- Eco-Friendly Cabinets: This year, trendy home remodelers will be looking for more natural inspiration. This includes eco-friendly cabinets using non-toxic binders, glues and finishes as well as cabinets with no added formaldehyde, accommodating those who are sensitive to chemicals.
- Floating Shelves: In order the break up the visual of a long line of cabinets, homeowners can install floating shelves. These type of shelves allow for storage with a bit of variety.
- More Relaxed Feel: The industrial look of 2013 will soften into a more relaxed, modest look for kitchens and baths in 2014. Wood, stone and metal will still be popular materials, but they will be used in a more relaxed fashion, with rounded designs.
- Multi-Generational Features: Whether it’s kitchens or bathrooms, in 2014, homeowners are increasingly looking to install features that can accommodate both kids and aging parents. These types of features range from walk-in bathtubs, to wall-mounted sinks which accommodate wheelchairs, to motion sensing faucets.
- Personalization: In 2014, homeowners will be encouraged to express their personality through personalized ornamentation, use of color, choice of fabrics etc.
- Stand-Alone Tubs: While tubs are losing their luster with homeowners, those who do select tubs are leaning towards standalone units for 2014. With this feature, the free-standing tub is used as a structural element of the bathroom.
- U-Socket: With Apple products so popular, many home owners are now requesting U-Socket wall plugs. These plugs have two built-in USB ports that can power various products including iPads, iPhones, Kindles, gaming devices and digital cameras. The U-Socket also has another great, environmentally friendly feature – a smart sensor that allows it to shut off when the device is fully charged.
We invite you to read some additional tips we have for all of our home sellers to help you in this process. Contact the Angels RE Group to start your information gathering and home buying adventure. You can reach us by phone at 602-206-8270 or email at info@AngelsRE.com.