Thanks to generational changes, economic improvement and good-old fashioned necessity, contractors say they expect an uptick in remodeling projects this year. And they foresee quite a few old standbys remaining trendy even as new developments affect the market.
Read on to learn about some of the most important remodeling trends for 2017.
Stand-Alone Showers and Tubs
Even just a few years ago, combo bath and shower setups defined bathroom floor plans. But now, separate bathtub and showering spaces are key to a trend-forward bathroom. Stand-alone showers often include multiple sprays and jets, and tubs, too, have gotten a makeover: In place of decked-in versions, newer freestanding options (in a range of styles) take up less space but make a sculptural statement in a room.
Remodeling for Accessibility
Aging in place — the ability for people to stay in their own homes as they grow old and their physical and mental abilities change — has become a buzzword in the past few years, and that in turn is influencing home remodeling. Remodeling for accessibility means universal design principles, which focus on accessibility and ease of use, have come to the forefront of remodeling. Elements of universal design include critical facilities such as bathrooms and bedrooms on the first floor to avoid climbing stairs, adding accessories such as handrails to make everyday tasks easier, and wider doorways to accommodate wheelchairs or other assistive equipment. Taken together, universal design principles help occupants of a wide range of age and ability levels remain in their homes as long as possible.
The Connected Home
Tablets, smartphones, apps: They’ve combined to create the most connected world — and home — yet. Tech advances are one remodeling trend that’s particularly hardworking, allowing homeowners to add flexibility, convenience, and even affordability (such as using your device to turn the lights off). Look for more and more options, especially when it comes to wireless tech: fridges that send reminders to buy milk, lighting ambiance controlled remotely, and smoke alarms that alert when batteries are low.
Eco-Friendly, Energy-Efficient Materials and Supplies
Sure, the Internet has made it possible to connect with a friend halfway across the globe, but it’s also given homeowners unexpected power in influencing remodeling trends. That’s the case with eco-friendly and energy-efficient materials and supplies. No longer is it good enough to slap a label on something and call it good for the earth or claim that it saves energy. What’s also on the horizon is homeowners asking good questions about sourcing, operation, and the like — bamboo floors, for example, that haven’t been trucked too far or those that come from a plant with low-impact waste cycles.
Attic projects continue to be a popular remodeling trend, offering precious square feet for guest bedrooms or even family getaways. Much like basement remodels, the focus is less on what’s missing, such as ceiling height, and more on design tricks and aesthetic choices to make the space as comfortable, bright, and personalized as possible. And, much like basement remodels, attic bedroom projects continue to gain when it comes to cost versus value.