There are several very fun and interesting trends that are taking shape in the home improvement industry as of late, and in this article, I’d like to discuss some of the best ones as we see it.
Tastefully Modern Materials
I don’t think anyone would argue that a kitchen is judged by the material of the countertops and cabinets. It used to be that having a granite countertop meant that you went all out, but it seems the new trend is polished concrete or even quartz. They both offer a very clean and elegant look that never goes out of style. They are extremely durable and don’t show wear and tear. They can also be finished in just about any color that a person could imagine.
The age of smart technology is firmly has been set upon us, and like it or not, it’s time to adapt our houses to the trend and upgrade the gadgets. Heck, they’re here to make our lives easier, so let’s embrace them. If nothing else, you can marvel at how cool they are. It used to be that you would get a plug-in timer to shut off your lights or sprinkler system at a set time. Nowadays, there are completely integrated systems for everything, such as the air conditioning, sound systems, security, and intrusion detectors. You can even fire up your hot tub from your smart phone. The list is nearly endless, and it keeps growing with every new advance in apps and wireless communication between devices. If you’re renovating a home or building a brand new one, these technologies will be standard in the next 10 years, so don’t get left behind. The value of your home depends on it.
Prices on LEDs have been dropping every year, just like every new technology. They are also taking different shapes and showing up in different applications, such as rope lighting. They last longer than a normal incandescent and they are also much more attractive to the eyes. They can be multi-colored and some you can even dim. Not to mention, they’re also really energy efficient. There really isn’t any excuse not to switch out all your light fixtures and bulbs to support this lasting trend.
Energy Efficient Designs
More and more thought is being given to the efficacy and cost effectiveness or green designs. Tankless and solar water heaters, solar panels, skylight tubes, large energy efficient fans, low impact air conditioning units, etc. The list goes on and on. Consider your carbon footprint when thinking of your next home improvement project. The initial buildout costs are much lower than in years past, and the lifelong savings you get from the increased efficiency are a total no-brainer.
We’re not suggesting that everyone should move into a micro-apartment, but it’s a noticeable pattern that younger people realize they don’t need enormous amounts of space to be happy. It’s a similar trend with the green movement – a move toward conscious consumption. Besides, with less space, one has a better opportunity to dress that space up much more glamorously than they would if they had to worry about a McMansion. Plus, your energy bills will be much lower. Although I’m not really much of a fan of this one, it’s worth noting that it’s becoming more and more popular.