We’re already nearly midway through the year (can you believe it?) and 2013 remodeling trends are emerging. While it’s never a good idea to just follow the trends, taking a look at what’s popular can give you new ideas and insight into what homebuyers might be looking for in the years to come. And luckily, many 2013 remodeling trends focus on function, not style. They solve problems and make the home more efficient, benefiting the home’s current and future owners regardless of their personal tastes in interior design. There’s also an emphasis on making homes work for families for longer periods, as many people are choosing to stay in the same house as they grow older. More reconstruction and DIY work is happening, sometimes emphasizing a home’s ability to support elderly occupants. Finally, again because people are staying with their current homes, making rooms functional for a variety of purposes is popular. Multi-purpose rooms can functional as offices, playrooms, guest bedrooms, craft rooms, etc.
But enough generalities—let’s get to the specific 2013 remodeling trends currently on our radar.
2013 Remodeling Trends
Open Floor Plans – They’ve been popular for years now and the trend is sticking. Families dislike the old-fashioned feel of a blocky floor plan with private, boxed-in rooms. Wanting to entertain guests in the living room while cooking in the kitchen or watch the kids while making dinner, homeowners want a large and open living space. People are knocking down walls and opening up their living rooms and kitchens.
Green Projects – Green projects are not only trendy, they’re very practical and will increase the efficiency of your home for many years to come. Plus, federal and state incentives to upgrade to more energy-efficient alternatives make the remodel easier on your wallet. Some common green projects include adding insulation to your attic, upgrading your HVAC, sealing air leaks, using low VOC materials to improve indoor air quality, and smart thermostats that are programed to automatically reduce usage. These projects are a triple threat—they make you (and your wallet) feel good, they make the earth feel good, and they look good to your friends, neighbors, and the future owners of your home.
Quartz Countertops – While granite is still the #1 choice for countertops, quartz is making a lot of headway. Stronger than granite (so no chips or cracks) and requiring zero maintenance, quartz might overtake its rival in the years to come.
Big Kitchen Sinks – With a similar idea to the open floorplan, homeowners are leaning toward big kitchen sinks with a deep, single bowl. Double sinks have been popular for a long time (and will probably continue to be), but bigger sinks are being added to more and more homeowner wish lists. Most commonly seen in stainless steel and sometimes quartz, big kitchen sinks are functional because they are able to fit large casserole pans and baking sheets inside.
Gray, Green, and Blue– The most popular colors are light, muted colors of gray, green, and blue. These light, airy, natural hues work well with neutrals and pops of color. In using them, homeowners are able to make their rooms appear bigger and brighter. But if you’re looking for a darker color, try charcoal gray, the color of the moment.
Kitchen Upgrades– With the Food Network‘s popularity, many people are cooking at home and wanting to feel like a professional chef in their own kitchen. 2013 remodeling trends for kitchens include the ever-popular stainless steel appliances, islands with storage and seating options, and custom cabinets with special storage.
Keep following our blog for more 2013 remodeling trends and ideas or, if you’re in the Springfield area, check out our website and give us a call. We’d love to hear from you.
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