Trends in Remodeling Kitchens and Baths
At the Bartley Builder Group, we recognize that nine out of 10 homeowners who remodel begin with their kitchen and/or bathrooms and for good reason. Kitchen and bathroom improvements increase the value of a home more than any other room or living space and give a distinctive look. Following is what’s on the horizon for kitchens and baths.
Cherry wood has been a top material for cabinetry in high end homes for years. Lately, however, designers are moving to other woods including oak, walnut, birch and bamboo, and finishing them in light colors and clean line facing.
Glass countertops and backsplashes are increasingly coming into style, often in combination with stainless steel accoutrements. Granite, however, is still preferred by many homeowners and designers continue to offer this hardy and handsome material.
Energy efficient LED lighting is coming on strong not only for its environmentally friendly qualities, but compared to fluorescent and incandescent lighting, LED is more pleasing to the eye.
Lastly, while pull-out faucets have been around for years, only recently have they begun to catch on, which is surprising given their versatility. Perhaps it’s because the quality of today’s pull-out faucets has improved immensely over that of earlier fixtures.
As showerheads have neared their peak in performance and functionality, designers have begun incorporating steam into the shower for a spa-like experience. And tubs have become almost a monument to relaxation. They’re larger, ergonomically contoured for increased comfort and are sometimes freestanding in untraditional areas of the bathroom.
Natural lighting via windows and solar tubes is a must for modern baths. Sunlight instills a feeling of happiness and changes the experience from strictly functional to enjoyable. Designers are also incorporating state-of-the-art ventilation systems into today’s baths. Fresh air not only helps to eliminate unpleasant odors, but keeps fogging of glass and mirrors to a minimum.
Lastly, bathroom tile has evolved into large sweeping naturally colored expanses across floors, walls, showers and even ceilings, punctuated by fixtures. Gone are the days of shiny multicolored 5x5 squares separated by stark white grout and chrome fixtures.