People view their homes as a safe haven from the world and consequently spend more money on remodeling for comfort with less concern about whether they’ll recoup the value. You may be surprised to learn, however, that you can achieve both by focusing on popular remodeling trends.
By Laura Horwitz
December 31, 1969
- Wider appeal: Try to find features that will appeal to baby boomers (currently the largest group of homeowners) who may be looking to downsize at this time in their lives. The second largest group is the Gen-Xers, who are looking to start their families.
- Warmth: Warmer colors are in and should remain so for a while. Natural and neutral shades have greater resale value.
- Kitchens: Gleaming granite and stainless steel counters are out, matte finishes and muted tones are in. Keep it cozy, because the kitchen has become the focal point of the home. Don’t forget to upgrade to the latest high-tech appliances.
- Bathrooms: Think luxury like your own home spa with a whirlpool tub and multiple showerheads. Dual sinks are a must in the master bathroom. Custom tile, heated floors, and towel warmers also have mass appeal.
- Floors: Tile remains fashionable in kitchens and bathrooms, but concrete has also become a popular alternative. People still love wood although bamboo is hot on wood’s heels. And high-end linoleum has become trendier as well.
- Open floor plans: Open spaces are still popular and expected to remain so.
- Specialty rooms: Laundry rooms, game rooms, home offices, media rooms, and extra storage spaces add value and increase home desirability. But remember - it’s more about the space than customizing the room. Keep it flexible enough that home buyers can adapt it to suit their own needs.
SourcesHot Trends in Home RemodelingThe Hottest Remodeling Trends for 2011
About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.
*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.