Are you thinking about a home improvement project in 2014? If so, you’re definitely not alone.
After two straight years of solid growth in the home remodeling industry, the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University predicts “double-digit percentage gains in annual home improvement spending” through the first half of 2014.
Here are the top 3 Trends in Knoxville, TN and surrounding areas for home remodeling.
1. Open Concept Kitchen.
Removing a wall between the kitchen and an adjoining room remains one of the hottest trends in home remodeling. The project appeals to homeowners because it instantly creates more space and dramatically changes the look and feel of the home.
The project was also a top trend of 2013, and re-modelers and interior designers say it maintains its popularity for a variety of reasons.
“Having an open concept kitchen helps make smaller homes seem larger and more welcome,” says Lance Ford, owner of Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement.
Ford says modern families see the kitchen not just as a place for cooking, but for eating, schoolwork and hanging out as well. “Just having that visibility from the kitchen to the adjoining living space seems to be a more inviting kind of concept”.
2. Separate Shower and Tub. (Walk in Showers)
The time when the shower & tub combo ruled are gone. Home experts say the latest trend is to ditch the tub altogether, or at least to keep it separate from the shower.
“Stand alone showers are extremely popular,” Ford says. “Folks do not want the tub and shower combo. They want the shower separate, particularly done with lots of tile & glass.”
Leading Realtors state that updating small and mid-sized bathrooms generate a large return on investment in the Knoxville area.
3. Outdoor Living Spaces
No matter the shape or size of your yard, your outdoor living spaces can work better together if you establish boundaries. You can do this in a variety of ways, including laying formal walkways, creating shifts in hard-scape materials, or planting shrubs or trees to establish corners and borders.
You can also add a lot of function to your outdoor space with things like outdoor kitchens. A great investment if you love to entertain and or grill out. With built in amenities like sinks, fridges, ice makers, grills, and other cooking and prepping surfaces, you don’t have to run back and forth to your indoor kitchen to feed and entertain a group.
Let Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement help you implement any of these ideas or your ideas with a simple phone call.