Industrious homeowners have a variety of options when it comes to remodeling the house. Some improvements will increase property value, while others make spending time indoors more enjoyable or convenient. The most popular projects usually involve changing the bathroom in some way by adding a hot tub or separate sinks. A number of new trends are creating unique spaces through the home. These ideas are making homes more functional, personal and energy-efficient.
Attic bedrooms are becoming more popular home additions for a number of reasons. They make use of existing space without requiring expansion of the footprint of the home. They can increase the value of the property by a significant amount when professionals perform design and construction. The bedrooms also add more usable space. The additional bedroom could house growing children who each need their own rooms. It could house families or guests who visit for the holidays. Most attics have enough space available to allow for some creative designs that result in unique interiors. Professionally designed attic bedrooms are comfortable, cozy and useful, even when used infrequently.
Some of the most popular renovations do not fit into any single category. An increasing number of homeowners are now planning additions and changes to different rooms in order to provide small conveniences. Good examples are hidden outlets and ports. These make it possible to maintain rooms with a traditional appearance, despite the fact that the walls contain network jacks and electrical outlets. Designers are seeing more requests for disguised areas for large electronics, such as flatscreen televisions and computer peripherals. Some renovations change the layout of individual rooms. More homeowners are interested in small nooks in spaces that provide privacy while on the phone. Custom storage options, such as bag drop-offs near the front door or secondary pantries, are making homes much more distinct and personal.
Kitchens remain one of the most popular targets of home remodeling projects. The newest renovations are focusing on the cabinets, lighting and countertops in the area. Modern cabinetry is appearing more frequently in kitchens. Modern cabinets include sleek wall units that open vertically and open stainless steel racks for dishes. Lighting is moving towards designer light emitting diodes (LEDs) with innovative housings that use very little electricity, while still providing bright light in the area. Countertops are moving from synthetic materials to treated natural stone that provide a softer and more organic appearance in the kitchen.