Home remodeling is at an all-time high, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. The trend will continue next year, and homeowners are planning for projects now. Energy savings or better organization often drives remodeling projects, while other homeowners want to create space or add accents to suit their lifestyle. Dale’s Remodeling of Salem reports these seven trends are the most requested by their customers:
1. Wall accents. Inside and out, homeowners are choosing textures and natural wood accents for walls. Reclaimed and vintage barnwood adds warmth. Chalkboard and faux finishes can be used in any room, from kitchen to office to bedroom.
2. Decorative hardware. This is a simple and affordable way to update any room and add personal style. The options are endless, from clear or colored glass to traditional metal, and from vintage to modern. Or choose a specialty style or finish to complement or contrast with your décor.
3. Touchless faucets. You’ve seen them in hotel restrooms, now they’re available in sleek designs for home. Touchless faucets help reduce water waste and are more sanitary than ones with handles. Place them in kitchens and bathrooms, or in home bars.
4. Hot water dispensers. While instant hot water faucets have been around for a while, they’ve become more efficient and popular. Why wait 15 minutes for a teapot to boil when you can make a steaming cup of tea in less than 5 seconds?
5. Deck pavers. Old decks and patios are being replaced with waterproof pavers made of recycled materials. Pavers last longer than wood planks or cement slabs, and eliminate the need to seal or stain. Pavers in interesting patterns help define “outdoor rooms.”
6. USB charging stations. Eliminate the tangle of cords and electrical adapters plugged in throughout the house. A single wall outlet with USB ports is not only more organized, it keeps people from shouting “Have you seen my phone?”
7. Layered lighting. The look is rich, but layered lighting serves a practical purpose. Chandeliers and pendants are much better for seeing than harsh, overhead lights. Under-cabinet lighting makes it easy to read cookbooks, and interior lights make china and collections shine behind glass cabinet doors.
Whether you’re considering a small aesthetic update or a major remodel, or you need the personalized advice of an interior designer, call Dale’s Remodeling at 503 370-7609. Dale’s has been named Best of Mid-Valley by the Salem Statesman Journal, and has won several awards from the Oregon Remodeler’s Association. Visit http://www.dalesremodeling.com for more information.