When you make your New Year’s resolutions in a couple weeks, why not skip pruning and primping yourself and focus on improving your home? Remodeling is something the whole family can enjoy, and if done correctly, can add significantly to the resale value of your home, while having the potential to reduce regular maintenance and utility costs. But renovations can be scary and stressful, disrupting schedules and requiring massive amounts of time and money. By knowing what to focus on you can optimize the process and ensure stress-free home improvements.
- Maximize Space- Young professionals are sticking closer to city centers in hip apartments and urban lofts longer than ever, shunning the suburbs. But as their families grow, they need help maximizing these small spaces with innovative closet design and hidden storage to maintain a minimalist and modern facade.
- Eco-friendly- Going green has been a trend for a while now, but interior design companies still see more and more people requesting chemical free materials and energy-efficient designs like electric fireplaces over gas or wood chimneys.
- Prepare for Aging- As the baby boomers get older, houses have to be modified accordingly. Bathtub bars and stair lifts are just a few innovations that can help you maintain your independence longer.
- Focus on the Kitchen- With more self-proclaimed foodies than ever, a gourmet chef experience at home saves money on eating out. Kitchens also provide the biggest ROI for a home improvement project, so high-end appliances and granite countertops should pay off dividends.
- Don’t forget the Bathroom- Bathrooms are the other room home buyers focus on. Separate high-end showers and standalone tubs are a big trend if you have the space for it.
- A Touch of Metal- Industrial chic is all the rage, from brass finishes to tin ceilings.
- Bright colors- Muted neutrals are a thing of the past. Oranges, blues and pops of green are trending in accent pieces and walls. Be cautious though: a bold colour palette isn’t always the best thing in a home you are looking to sell, since your taste isn’t necessarily the same as everyone else’s.