If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen or bath, you might want to start now.
Depending on who you talk to, most remodeling companies had from a 5–8% increase in 2017 business, over 2016. Many are predicting 10–12% growth in 2018. In addition, many parts of the country are suffering from labor shortages due to the rebuilding efforts caused by natural disasters in Texas, Northern California, Florida, and the Caribbean.
Seriously, if you would like to get your remodeling project done in time for the holidays, you should be working with your designer, contractor, or sub-contractor now! Book their time, as they may be several months out.
Let’s talk trends
One remodeling trend that has been picking up steam in recent years is Baby Boomers “aging in place”. Much to the consternation of Realtors, many Boomers have decided to stay put and remodel their homes to make them more suitable for their needs. These updates may also accommodate adult children or parents who will stay with them.
Some typical projects that Boomers desire:
Instead of down-sizing Boomers may choose to build-out a mini-kitchen in a lower level for an adult child or parent. Usually, homes have lower-level bedrooms and baths but not mini-kitchens. This could also be paired with a bar to increase the utility of the space after the child or parent moves elsewhere.
- Combine two bedrooms into a master suite
If you’re going to stay put, why not create the master suite of your dreams? One option is to take an adjacent bedroom and create a master suite with a large shower (with amenities such as steam and infrared heat), and exercise area, TV, and his and hers walk-in closets and dressing areas.
- Build-out that garage
With the advent of aesthetically-pleasing epoxy floor coverings, many men are taking interest in retrofitting the garage into a special event man cave. Walls are given “residential” finishes and everything hanging on the wall can be enclosed in cabinetry. Also, there are screen/glass door walls that are stored on a second set of garage door rails and can slide up and down when the garage door is up. Great for ventilation and light.
- Mother-in-law Tiny Home
There is a movement afoot in a number of municipalities where Tiny Homes can be built on existing lots. According to the Federal Housing Administration, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) are considered habitable living units when they are located on properties with single-family homes. Some US cities that allow Tiny Homes are: Dallas, Irving, Nashville, Aurora, San Antonio, Memphis, Denver, San Francisco, Oakland, Austin, Seattle, and Portland (check local ordinances before making any decisions).
- Bathroom Finishes
According to Leah Peterson, Executive V.P. of SEN Design Group, “Finish-wise, satin nickel still reigns.”, but she has noticed a surge of polished chrome with gray and white painted cabinetry. “For 2018, we project satin and brushed brass to come on strong.” As far as storage goes, “Darker-stained cabinets have seen strong growth this year,” which she expects to continue in the new year.
Ask the Experts
Tim Schroeder, president of the fixture and bathroom furniture manufacturer Duravit USA, sees an upcoming shift in bathroom color pallets. “Consumers and designers moved away from the all-white bathroom and started using different lacquers and wood finishes [in 2017]. In 2018, in addition to color, we think matte black will be prominent in furniture. Also, custom storage solutions, like high-end drawer organizers, will appeal to buyers.”
Brenda Bryan, executive director of RICKI – Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence states, “Homeowners tell us they want deep sinks that are easy to clean. Pull-down kitchen faucets with high arcs are still number one in demand. Hands-free and motion-sensor faucets are becoming more mainstream and practical, and they appeal to those who are worried about germs.” SEN’s Peterson also sees pull-down faucets and workstation sinks trending strongly.
With regard to kitchen storage, Bryan observed, “Soft-close cabinetry features are now becoming standard, and we expect this to continue. Deep, wide cabinet drawers are on the rise [and] storage features continue to trend up, including rollouts, pullouts, cutlery drawer and spice organizers. Waste and recycling bins are ‘must haves’ in the kitchen. Interest is growing for lighting inside the cabinetry to improve visual access, and we see under-cabinet lighting as a key feature.”
Check with us and we’ll be happy to show you what Medallion Cabinetry has created to address those trends.
Granite countertops are still holding their own, with quartz surfaces becoming more popular. Depending upon the look that you want, both surfaces can be treated with advanced sealants to make them easy-to-clean, which also contributes to the surface’s longevity.
No matter what type of project interests you, we have the ideas and products to make your remodel a reality.