Concrete Counters, Safety Lighting Top Trends in 2007
Seven hot new trends are poised to make a big splash on the home improvement and remodeling scene in 2007, according to Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., the nation’s largest full-service remodeling company.
Trends Case says remodelers can expect to see next year include:
- Faucets. Personalization design is aimed at providing home owners with a relaxing environment while they bathe or shower. Specialty finishes are making their way into the mass market with a softer, more subdued look that coordinates with the overall trend to warming and natural bath colors. Chrome remains a popular choice; brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze are new alternatives.
- Concrete and Glass Countertops. Concrete is coming into its own as an extraordinary material that can be modern, practical, expressive, aesthetic and functional all at once. It can take any shape, which is a plus for designers and is not as costly as some of the other natural stone materials. Glass is also showing up in ultra-modern kitchen designs. The highly polished surface is available in almost limitless colors, shapes, thicknesses and textures. Because it is non-porous, it is stain-proof and hygienic, and it can handle hot pots without cracking.
- Shower Seating. Inspired by upscale spas, seats in showers have become one of the latest rends in master bathrooms. The seats come in a variety of styles and materials. Heated seating is also an option for the colder months.
- Outdoor Kitchens. Whether built from the ground up or on an existing patio, outdoor kitchens boost resale value and offer limitless possibilities. Some include a cooking center, gleaming grill, sink with hot and cold running water, modern appliances and cabinets with ample storage space — rivaling their indoor counterparts.
- Safety Lighting. Home owners seek the convenience of remote control lighting from outside of the home as well as the ability to control individual room lights from each dimmer. The system can also adjust multiple lights at the touch of a button, using the wireless controller — saving on energy and also extending the life of light bulbs.
- Screened-in Porches. Porches that are maintenance-free and that can be enjoyed year round as the perfect place to dine, entertain or just relax and also enhance the home’s value. As with sunrooms, the rise in their popularity can be attributed to new design amenities such as skylights, arching windows, sliding doors and climate-controlled glass that lets in light but not intense heat.
- Energy-Efficient Materials and Appliances. Windows and doors, washing machines, dishwashers, ranges and refrigerators offer sleek designs, innovation and all of the latest amenities to help home owners become more energy and resource efficient and save money.
‘Concrete At Home’ Available at BuilderBooks.com
“Concrete At Home,” available through BuilderBooks.com, offers tips on incorporating architectural elements such as counters, sinks, columns and water pieces into the project.
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