I know what you’re thinking, “it’s June, 2015 is half over, this information would’ve been useful at the beginning of the year”. Better late than never, right? Since you’re still reading, you must be curious to see what we’ve compiled and that means that you are thinking of remodeling your home.
I’m sure you’ve heard or been told that a kitchen remodel is the best investment you can make (we will address this next). While this is true for the most part, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, one of the best investments in Arizona is window replacement. As our hot, desert summers are upon us, you will want to keep the heat out and as much cool in. Updating your windows to energy efficient windows increases your home’s R-value (thermal efficiency), so you use less energy and lower your energy costs. If you are thinking of replacing your windows, the premium you’ll pay for high-performance windows (ENERGY STAR® or better) is generally worth the investment. And like so many other major energy efficiency projects, much of the energy savings depends on the quality of the contractor you hire to do the work. Bad installations not only can leak and cause drafts but also can lead to major moisture damage. Check out our Windows page to see our 4-step installation process.
Back to kitchen remodeling…In general, a minor kitchen remodel will recoup the most out of all interior remodeling projects. With that being said, when you are designing your dream kitchen in your head or with a trusted contractor, keep in mind some of the latest 2015 trends. 1) Open shelving is a design trend that is still being seen instead of traditional cabinets. It is not only practical, but it visually enlarges the kitchen and shows off dinnerware and kitchen accessories. You can also highlight these open spaces with LED lighting. 2) Large, open kitchens that flow into the living room are what buyers are looking for. They want more of an open floorplan that allow for not only entertaining, but visibility for those with small children from anywhere in the room. Along with the open kitchens, you will see an increase in large center islands. 3) The trend for mixed finishes is also appearing this year in the form of materials and finishes for cabinets and countertops. Cambria quartz countertops are becoming a favorite because they do not require the maintenance of granite. 4) Gray is the color of choice this year for interior finishes. Gray creates a perfect backdrop for splashes of color. One tip from Neil Kelly Design consultant Diane Foreman: “If you want to know what colors will be hot in the coming year, don’t go to the paint store, go to Bed, Bath & Beyond – or any store that sells bath towels.”
Another cost effective remodeling project is bathrooms. Spend the extra money on a bathroom remodel and you can recoup most of the cost when you sell the home. Bathroom trends for 2015 are leaning towards the spa-inspired designs. 1) Standard bathtubs are being replaced with large, free-standing soaker tubs. 2) In regards to showers, bigger is better. Open or frameless, large walk-in showers with multiple shower heads and seating are popular this year.
Fully functional outdoor living spaces are another buyer request as of late. Buyers are looking for large outdoor gathering spaces that have high-end features, such as stone fire pits and outdoor kitchens.
I hope these tips have you thinking of incorporating them into your next dream project. Keep in mind that the quality of work depends on the contractor you hire. Read our other blog Eight Points to Ponder to help you make the right decision. We are always available to answer any questions you may have or call us today for a free estimate. Let A-Team Construction help you design and build your dream.
*** excerpts taken from Deanna Lawley and Neil Kelly
Last updated: September 10, 2015 at 14:08 pm