The Top 4 Remodeling Trends for 2013- Forget paint colors and floor finishes! If you really want your home renovation projects to be trendy this year, you need to focus on one thing – comfort. That’s because this year’s trends are specifically-geared for the long haul. (Seems like kind of a contradiction right? But it’s true!) After all, everyone wants a place where they can curl up and feel “at home”, and you can’t do that unless you’re completely comfortable! So, how do you make your home totally trendy – in this case, totally comfortable?
1. Make it more efficient
Wouldn’t it be nice to finish dinner every night and not have a huge mess to worry about? OK, that may be stretching things a bit! However, if you had a kitchen full of better appliances (like a dishwasher that didn’t require you to pre-scrub your dishes, for example), you could seriously cut down on the clean-up time. Or, maybe you would love to get more natural light into your home – but you’re terrified that doing so is going to drive up your heating and cooling costs. But if you add special energy-efficient windows (or simply replace your existing windows with special “green” glass), you can leave the curtains open anytime you want, without worrying about a bunch of heat coming in!
2. Make it quieter
Nothing ruins a lazy Sunday afternoon like the washing machine banging away in the laundry room or the kids running around upstairs. However, with a few simple upgrades, you can get some much-needed peace and quiet! The washing machine problem is easily-solved by getting a more efficient (and quieter!) machine. Because they use less water and energy, newer appliances are much quieter than their older appliances. As a result, you’ll be able to wash and dry your clothes, dishes, and run anything else that you need – without disrupting your quiet time. As for the kids, some added insulation might give you a whole new level of peace and quiet. As an added benefit, some new insulation will help save you money on your energy bills!
3. Make it smarter
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a home where everything could be controlled with the touch of a button? It may sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, but it’s actually home renovation reality! There are actually “smart homes” that can control everything with a touchscreen – or even your smartphone, if you want! In addition to looking cool, this “smart” technology can help you save a fortune on your energy bills. After all, you’ll be able to set your thermostat to an exact degree, instead of fiddling with a sliding dial that isn’t nearly as precise. As a result, you’ll get the exact temperature you want, and you won’t waste money on a temperature that isn’t quite right.
4. Make it elegant
Nothing says “comfort” like a spa – but why go to a spa when you can create your own?! With some renovations, you can turn your master bathroom into a spa-like retreat that you can head to anytime, without an appointment! For example, some better lighting (or even just putting your existing lights on dimmers) can set a more tranquil mood. A tub with jet nozzles can give you a massage. A bigger countertop can give you room to store all of those fancy lotions and oils that you love so much. No matter what kind of elegance you crave, the possibilities are endless!
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