Nearly everyone desires a low maintenance home, but the millennial generation is at the top of the list. Many home improvements today focus on making a home lower maintenance for all generations while other home improvements look to add a more modern design or increase energy efficiency. Let’s outline the eight top home improvement trends for 2016.
Do you think plain old stainless steel appliances are top of the line? Think again. Many home renovations are including stainless steel in new looks with attractive features. Take, for instance, the slate appliance line that GE recently introduced in a graphite finish. Kitchen Aid, Samsung and LG have also introduced new types of stainless steel finishes that offer special features such as hiding fingerprints better as well as providing a more modern appearance. Luxury appliances have also become more prevalent in homes with top brands like Jenn-Air, Thermador and Viking being used.
Quartz countertops, accent walls, white cabinetry and unique backsplashes are all top kitchen design trends this year. Other top kitchen trends to watch for include two-tone kitchen cabinetry, upper cabinets versus lower cabinets in different colors or a different color cabinetry used on the island as opposed to the main kitchen cabinets. Drawers are also being used more prevalently into kitchens instead of the traditional cabinetry with shelves.
Tankless water heaters continue to be in high demand as they appeal for not only delivering water as needed, but also increasing the overall energy efficiency of the home. Additionally, smart water heaters have also hit the market which allows for water consumption to be tracked in real time.
Living Rooms Made for Family Time
Instead of a technology-infused living room that has the big screen TV and surround sound, many people are opting for a place to ditch the technology and curl up with a good book or engage in conversation with family members or friends.
Reflecting on Bathrooms
Medicine cabinets have become a dated trend and statement mirrors have become popular. From a vintage piece to ornate wood frames, the sky is the limit in choosing a unique bathroom mirror. Large format tiles are also being utilized more in roomier bathroom spaces.
Lighting a Fire
Fire features and fireplaces are making their way into more and more homes across the country. From electric to gas to wood burning, there are so many options to choose from and all create the unique warm ambiance.
Converting the attic into a bedroom space has become a top home improvement trend for many homeowners. Additionally, statement walls where the bed is centered are also becoming more common. From switching up the paint color on one wall to installing rustic wood or wallpaper, the possibilities are endless.
Opening up Spaces
If an open floor plan doesn’t currently exist in a home, then homeowners are opting for taking out walls to create an open concept floor plan.
Replacing Doors and Windows
Energy efficiency is one of the top reasons to look into replacing doors or windows. Last year, homeowners that replaced windows received 75 percent of the total cost back. While a 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report showed that steel entry door replacement had the best return on investment. Replacing the garage door is also a top renovation project that has a high ROI. On average a garage door replacement will cost around $964, with $848 expected to be recouped at the time of resale.