5 Big Takeaways From the 2021 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study

There are countless decisions to make when remodeling a bathroom. But knowing what other homeowners are doing in their bathroom renovations can be a good guide for how you might want to handle your own. For example, if your neighbors are prioritizing new finishes and adequate storage, and making design accommodations for aging family members, you might want to focus on those elements during conversations with your own design and remodeling professionals. To help get you started, consider these five big takeaways from the 2021 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study.

1. Common Pet Peeves

Many people embark on a bathroom renovation to address frustrations with the style and function of their existing space. In fact, a third of homeowners say the trigger for starting a remodel is that they “can no longer stand the old bathroom.”

The main frustration is having an old and outdated space. More than two-thirds of homeowners say it’s their top pet peeve, as this chart shows. One-third say insufficient storage is a major concern, and about the same share say a small shower is a factor.

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5 Big Takeaways From the 2021 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study

Designer Kirby Foster Hurd addressed many common pet peeves in this Oklahoma City bathroom. Zellige-style shower tile and other elegant finishes and accessories give the space a fresh, current look. A substantial vanity offers plenty of storage, and a spacious low-curb shower provides a roomy experience. Sconces, overhead lighting, and a window tackle a top concern among a quarter of homeowners: insufficient lighting.

2. Aging Family Members

A rising need among many homeowners is a bathroom that can accommodate aging family members, either now or in the future.

More than a quarter of homeowners say they currently need their bathroom to address an aging family member’s needs. Nearly 2 in 5 say they’ll need to accommodate an aging family member in the future.

5 Big Takeaways From the 2021 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study

This Bethesda, Maryland, bathroom by design-build Pro Jonas Carnemark is a good example of a bathroom designed for someone with mobility issues. A wide, curbless threshold allows for a step-free entrance or a wheelchair, and multiple benches and grab bars offer support and stability.

3. White Leads All Finishes

When it comes to materials and finishes, white leads in all categories. It’s the top color choice for vanities (32%), countertops (58%), shower walls (46%), and nonshower walls (34%).

An all-white scheme works well in a bathroom, where a sense of cleanliness is often desired. White also enhances light, giving a space an airy look, which is especially important in small spaces. Plus, a crisp palette helps create the soothing, spa-like feel that many homeowners desire.

Wood vanities (27%) and gray nonshower walls (27%) are popular elements for introducing another tone. And keep an eye on blue vanities, which are rising in popularity. The share of homeowners who included a blue vanity in their bathroom remodel rose 3 percentage points, from 5% in 2020 to 8% in 2021.

5 Big Takeaways From the 2021 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study

This Tampa, Florida, bathroom by Trinity Construction and Design shows a beautiful use of a mostly white palette. Gray veining in the materials used for the shower walls, countertops, and flooring, along with a herringbone pattern on the floor, offers subtle visual variation.

4. Making Changes Within the Same Footprint

A large majority of homeowners (77%) keep their bathrooms about the same during a renovation, which makes sense. Expanding a space into another area of the home might not be an option, and adding space can significantly increase the cost of a project. So homeowners generally work within the same footprint.

The most common bathroom size is less than 100 square feet (43%) followed by 100 to 199 square feet (36%). A decreasing but still significant share of homeowners are working with a bathroom that’s 200 or more square feet (21%).

But major changes and upgrades still occur within those kept footprints. Half of the homeowners increase the size of their shower, though the share decreased 4 percentage points compared with 2020.

Many homeowners change the layout (42%), such as relocating the shower, and many modify existing walls (40%).

5 Big Takeaways From the 2021 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study

Architect Anik Pearson created a smart layout for this elegant apartment bathroom in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. She placed the tall shower element at the end of the narrow room, helping draw the eye into the space to settle on the beautiful black metal enclosure. And tucking the toilet behind a partition obscured the piece a bit to keep the focus on the luxurious tile and slab work.

5. Freestanding Soaking Tubs Stay on Top, but Alcove Tubs Are on the Rise

While 1 in 4 homeowners remove a bathtub during a renovation, the majority of homeowners are keen to keep and possibly upgrade their tub.

Freestanding acrylic soaking tubs are by far the most popular bathtub style, material, and type. But alcove tubs, such as those found in the common shower-tub combo, are rising in popularity. They’re up 4 points, from 22% in 2020 to 26% in 2021.

5 Big Takeaways From the 2021 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study

In this Phoenix bathroom, a deep soaking tub is tucked against a textured tile wall, on which is mounted a contemporary tub filler. An open shower stall with views of a private courtyard creates a breezy, spa-like feel.

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The 2021 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study gathered information from 2,891 Houzz users who reported that they were homeowners age 18 or older who had completed a master bathroom remodel or addition in the past 12 months, were currently working on one or were planning to start one in the next three months. The survey was fielded between July 21 and July 27, 2021.

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Fall Trends in Outdoor Home Improvements

There is no escaping the fact that the pandemic has changed the way we approach living day to day and traveling for vacations.  We found this blog from ProRemodeler really telling for fall trends in outdoor home improvements. Below are some excerpts:

Because of the pandemic, fewer people are traveling for vacation: according to a recent Ally survey, 88% of respondents say they plan to make improvements to make their homes more staycation ready. Moreover, many Americans are moving to the suburbs, migrating to warmer states, and looking to make their own yards better places to spend time in every day.

Preparing for fall trends

When homeowners are thinking about creating a new outdoor living space, they are listing ways to bring indoor conveniences outdoors. Whether it be innovative technology, multipurpose add-ons, or structures that allow you to be outside longer and more often –you can turn your backyard into a paradise.

Creating outdoor living “rooms”

Overall outdoor living projects have increased by 65% since 2020 (NKBA  2021 Trends Report.) Outdoor kitchens are just one of those popular renovations. Fittingly, they were the top project, with 76% of respondents planning to use outdoor space to cook up some culinary delights for friends and family. And food remained a common theme with edible gardens. It’s a natural fit, with millions of people picking up gardening as a hobby during the pandemic to supplement pantries with homegrown vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Semi-enclosed spaces and all-season upgrades are two more trends to watch. Covid encouraged homeowners to get more year-round usage from their outdoor living areas. There is a definite blending between the indoor and outdoor.

Many homeowners are now viewing their outdoor spaces as year-round living spaces. To make this work, think of fireplaces, fire pits, heaters, hot tubs, upgraded seating, and weather protection. It’s all about taking advantage of the space you already have; even as cooler temperatures arrive.

Giving the yard the VIP treatment

In the wake of Covid, two divergent trends emerged for the front and backyard. In the backyard, privacy became king. The disruption drove homeowners outside for an escape to exercise, meditate, rest, or recuperate. This trend includes larger, private backyard spaces, sheltered side yards, careful window placement, and covered patios. A mix of landscaping, hardscaping and furniture can deliver that protection. Drapery panels, plant walls, and umbrellas also add a level of privacy.

A recent feature in Better Homes & Gardens identifies front yards as the newest home “addition.” They were typically just for curb appeal; now, residents are looking to maximize the space. The pandemic changed social lives, and many people are looking to connect with their neighbors and communities. In 2020, front yards hosted drive-by parties and socially distanced gatherings; now, homeowners want to stay connected. A “social” front yard is much simpler than a backyard design. Home improvements from a cozy table and chairs, a tree swing, or a comfy bench can give life to an area previously empty or passed through.

Bringing technology outdoors

As homeowners are bringing the outdoors into everyday living, they’re also hoping to bring indoor convenience outdoors. More people are working from home than ever before, and streaming continues its rise, so they’re adding boosters to amplify Wi-Fi signals outdoors. Customers want to create entirely new mixed-use spaces with enhanced, multicolor exterior lighting, TVs, and outdoor speakers for outdoor home offices and theaters.

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Meet the Design Psychologist Who Put a Native Stone Bathtub in Her Bedroom

Note from Homework Remodels:  We loved reading this blog from Native Trails!  As you learn more about this designer, she also shares the psychology of design and how a good design in a remodel can create the space that makes you feel good.  We think this information is essential for the pandemic culture we live in today.   If you are thinking of remodeling, let us know how Homework Remodel’s professional designer, Sheila Lanier, can help you create the perfect space!

With a background that spans set styling, home staging, interior design, and visual merchandising, including several years as Nordstrom’s environmental designer, Amber brings to the table not only her impeccable taste but a master’s degree in psychology.

What does psychology have to do with design? More than you might think. “I believe spaces are deeply linked to our emotions and contribute to our wellbeing,” says Amber, who has taught design psychology at Salt Lake Community College since 2010.

Here, she shares some of her tips and tricks for creating spaces that look and feel great.

Let’s start by talking about the renovations to your bedroom—and that bathtub!

Psychology of Design

AD: We moved into the place a year and a half ago when I was seven months pregnant. And after a year of living in our bedroom, we started calling it the torture chamber—and not lovingly. Approaching the remodel, the first thing we decided on was having a bathtub in the bedroom. At first we picked out a more traditional ceramic tub, but when we sat with that for a minute, we knew something wasn’t feeling right. When we started looking into it, we found the Native Trails tub, which looks awesome with the floors. We wanted to keep it simple so we did a limestone wash on the walls and concrete slab flooring, and we have a little garden area just outside the window for when we’re in the tub.

On that note, what’s your take on the bathtub-in-the-bedroom trend? Apparently, you’re a fan.

AD: We had one in our old house, but it didn’t feel cool or on purpose. It just felt like they couldn’t fit the tub in the bathroom. But we loved it and knew we wanted to incorporate that vibe in this house, but in more of a modern way. I love the idea of baths being a ritual and part of self-care that is separate from the bathroom. You know, you get ready in the bathroom. It gets messy.

Yes, it feels more serene to have the tub in the bedroom. Especially because sleep doctors will tell you that the bedroom should only be used for two things: Sleep and sex.

AD: To have a bath is such a sensual thing, so it goes with both of those things.

You studied psychology in college and ultimately bridged that with your creative side. How did those two interests come together?

AD: I got my bachelor’s in psychology and then wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I went back to school for interior design. Then I stumbled on a single article about design psychology and was hooked. I stalked the author of the article, and she was super nice and said, “You probably need to get higher education in one area or another if you want to do this for a living.” At the time, they didn’t offer anything beyond an associate’s for interior design so I went on to get my master’s in psychology. I did private practice therapy and trauma work with kids for years. That was not happiness for me; it was breaking my heart. I loved what I knew, but I didn’t love being a therapist. So I went back to the college where I went for interior design and asked the director if she had any interest in infusing psychology principles into their courses. She called me back a week later and said, “I love the idea. I want you to teach a class about it in two weeks. It will need to be a 16-week course.”

Generally speaking, what do design and psychology have to do with one another?

AD: When you walk into a space, you immediately have a feeling, whether you recognize the feeling or not. Spaces have power over our psyche and our emotional wellbeing. They can make you feel at ease, they can make you feel anxious. My class basically teaches people how to tap into that—whether it’s their own attachments to space or their history with spaces in their childhood. From zero to five are your really formative years for attaching to another person; that is the blueprint for how you operate, and it colors how you attach to people in your adult life. But you can attach to space in the same way. Some people like to recreate chaotic spaces because they’re familiar with them, even though they know they’re not healthy. Or they want to recreate the smell of something or the way something felt or the view or the layout of a place—all of those things can evoke nostalgic memories that can feel really calming if you recreate them in your adult life. Then we open it up and explore some universal reactions to space and texture and color and materials, and how people respond. Like, I just read an article about how just being around woodgrain can reduce your stress levels.

What are some of the universal design truths that make people feel good?

AD: We tend to feel more calm in monochromatic spaces, especially if they’re neutrals. All-white spaces make us tense; we feel more rigid and like we have to act more formal in them. But when I say monochromatic, I mean ranges of neutrals, maybe woodgrain and taupes and that family of off-whites, whites and creams. We feel really relaxed in those spaces. So even if you pick a single color—let’s say green—and you incorporate a really deep, vegetal green all the way to a chalky, watery green in the same room, we really like being in that versus in super high-contrast colors.

Psychology of Design

So color is probably the most important factor?

AD: Yes, and lighting. One of the biggest things with lighting is we like to be under dappled lighting, like the light that would hit through the trees on a sunny day. We like being around that fractured light, which is why a lot of people are doing those basketweave pendants. That’s a really good way to artificially replicate what you would find in nature. We have all kinds of  baked-in preferences from our survival instincts; so if it was a sunny day, you knew that it was safe and you didn’t have to find shelter. We also don’t love being around too much print because it’s harder to spot danger. We scan it in the same way we would scan something on the savanna to see if danger’s approaching. That’s also why too much clutter makes us tense.

Are there certain principles you adhere to when creating kitchens?

AD: With kitchens it’s about reducing the amount of clutter that you see, just because it is anxiety provoking to see a lot of things out. And I always think it’s nice to keep something like fresh and alive, whether that’s a basil plant or some other herbs. It’s also helpful to design kitchens with food colors. Blue is an appetite suppressant, so if you want to promote that in your kitchen, probably design with blue. There are just not a lot of blue foods in nature, but greens and warm tones are all nice to work with because they’re found in food.

How about for bathroom?

AD: In the bathroom I think it’s nice to think about textures. You start your day there and you end your day there usually. So it’s good to keep in mind things like plush towels or cozy rugs, things that hug you know and make you feel cozy.

So do you have any go to bathroom paint colors?

AD: Personally, I like neutrals and colors found in rocks and plants. I feel better around earth tones and materials that feel derived from Earth, like concrete. Especially if you want your bathroom to feel like an escape or spa, I will definitely lean into nature. There’s a theory called shibui that says that nature never makes a mistake. With that, you would look around you to know not only the colors to use, but the distribution. For instance on a hillside, you would normally see browns and different ranges of oatmeals, and then you would maybe see just a little pop of a flower. So you know, smaller doses of color.

What do you put in every space that you design?

AD: Plants. I’m personally drawn to them, and it feels good to have something alive around you. They’re also just super good for creating oxygen in a space. And when we’re around plants we’re more creative, more open to conversation and tend to settle disputes faster.

See more photos and read the remaining blog from Native Trails HERE

All photography courtesy of Amber Dunford.

How to Equip the Perfect Bathroom According to Your Lifestyle

Whether you’re looking for luxury at home or caring for an elderly loved one, your bathroom design can make a big difference in how you live your life. With the right décor and a few helpful features in place, you can enjoy a beautiful, comfortable bathroom that serves your needs. From a luxe spa-like retreat in the master bathroom to a cozy guest bath tucked in a hallway, it’s easy to elevate this part of your home and take it to the next level. Check out these helpful tips to guide you and give you inspiration so that you can design the ultimate bathroom according to your unique lifestyle.

Essentials for a Luxurious Bathroom

You can live a life of luxury in your own bathroom if you have the right fixtures, finishes, and accessories. Here are some ideas that will transform your bathroom into a stunning spa.

Smart gadgets. Bring in some smart gadgets and AI technology to make your bathroom more convenient. A voice-activated Bluetooth shower speaker lets you listen to your favorite music while you scrub. Try a few other high-end gadgets in your bathroom, like electric towel warmers, a lighted toilet seat, and a touch-free liquid soap dispenser.

Make it trendy. Update the lighting and fixtures in your bathroom to give it a modern aesthetic. Choose new designs featuring on-trend finishes like matte black or sleek brushed gold. One easy way to keep up with the current bathroom trend is to switch out your towels, shower curtain, and bath rugs to keep things fresh and new.

Enjoy a sauna. If you have the budget, consider installing a beautiful sauna in your bathroom to help you detox and relax. You can also create your own sauna-like environment to relieve those aching muscles and de-stress at the end of the day.

Upgrade the tile. A luxe bathroom should have high-end finishes, so consider changing your old ceramic bathroom tiles to something a bit more refined. Installing marble tiles is a fabulous way to create a luxe look and give your bathroom a sophisticated vibe.

Install a huge shower. Don’t suffer in a tiny shower or a cramped tub-and-shower combo. Upgrade your shower, and make it huge, with more than one showerhead, for an awesome experience. Finish the new shower with glass doors and some high-end tile on the floor and surround.

Choose nice mirrors. Stay away from basic, contractor-grade mirrors if you want a luxurious bathroom. Update your mirrors to something sleek and unique with decorative frames, unusual shapes, and a sleek gold or silver metallic finish.

Consider a Japanese toilet. Japanese toilets have an elongated shape and typically extend from the bowl to the floor for a seamless look. These gorgeous toilets will instantly elevate your bathroom and give it a beautiful, contemporary vibe.

Finish with artwork. Express yourself in your new bathroom by hanging some select pieces of artwork. It can be anything from a beautiful painting of a pastoral landscape to a colorful modern abstract piece. The key is to use the artwork to round out your luxurious bathroom theme.

Design a “Couple Goals” Bathroom

Whether you’re a newlywed couple or you’re simply tired of sharing a cramped bathroom, here are some suggestions to help you update this space to make sharing easier.

Convert your bathtub to a hot tub. A roomy jetted tub for two is a wonderful way to spend some alone time together as a couple. Replace your standard bathtub with a deep tub featuring massaging jets, whirlpool action, and LED lighting.

Make sure you have two sinks. Reaching over each other when you get ready in the morning is a drag. Consider installing a larger vanity with two separate sinks so you’ll both have enough elbow room to brush your teeth and start your day on a positive note.

Stay organized with a walk-in closet. A small closet can become cluttered fast. If you have the square footage, have a nice walk-in closet added to your bathroom. This will give both of you room to hang up your duds and store your shoes so that your bedroom and bathroom aren’t constantly overrun with clothes.

Add a big mirror. That tiny mirror over your sink isn’t enough to help you see everything you need to see. Update your small bathroom mirror, and hang a large, full-size mirror on the wall—or try a freestanding, full-length mirror in the corner of your bathroom so you can see yourself from head to toe.

Keep your stuff separate. Make sure that both of you have plenty of room to organize your cosmetics, razors, and toiletries by creating two separate storage areas. This can be additional storage under each sink or a mirrored medicine cabinet up above. The goal is to make your couple’s bathroom convenient, clean, and spacious enough that you both feel welcome, whether you’re in there alone or with your other half.

Make it smell good. Freshen up the bathroom with some essential oil diffusers so that the room always has a pleasant fragrance. Make sure you both agree on a scent that you like so it’s not overpowering for the other person.

 How to Equip a Little-Kid and Family-Friendly Bathroom

Of course, the kids need a fabulous bathroom that accommodates their needs, too. Check out these easy tips to equip your child’s bathroom in a way that makes using it fun and easy.

Use kid-proof accessories. To ensure that the bathroom is safe for little ones, you’ll need some additional accessories. Add outlet covers so that tiny fingers don’t get into trouble, and install a lock on the toilet to keep it shut until it’s potty time. Grippy stickers or a non-slip bath mat on the bottom of the tub will help prevent children from slipping and falling. Never store cleaning supplies or medication in your child’s bathroom.

Remember the tub. Most tubs aren’t designed for toddlers, so you may want to choose something else in the meantime. You can find bathtubs for children that can be a temporary place for kids to bathe until they’re old enough to use the full-size tub.

Hang colorful bathroom curtains. Select an adorable theme or kid-friendly color scheme, and use it for bathroom curtains, rugs, and décor. This can be anything from your child’s favorite character to soft pastel colors or a whimsical jungle theme.

Have plenty of shelving. Install some wall-mounted shelving, or bring a small cabinet into the family bathroom so your kids have a place to keep everything. Shelving is perfect for tub toys, shampoos, and other items, and you can paint in a coordinating color or choose something with a cute design to make the bathroom welcoming for the little ones.

Make sure there’s good lighting. Install bright LED lighting in the kids’ bathroom so they can see things easily. A motion-activated night light will help your child see in the dark if they need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Solving Bathroom Problems for Seniors

Senior-related bathroom accidents are common and can cause serious injuries. Here are some ways you can improve the safety of the bathroom and maintain the quality of life for your senior loved one.

Install a handicapped toilet. Toilets for seniors should have a taller height that makes it easier to get up and down. The standard ADA toilet height should be approximately 17-19 inches from the floor to the bowl rim. Add some grab bars so that they can hang onto something whenever they need to.

Offer an emergency button. An emergency call button in the bathroom will alert you or your loved one’s caregiver if something is wrong. These buttons sound an alarm so that others in the home will know that the senior needs assistance. If your senior lives alone, choose an emergency button that will immediately alert local emergency services so they can rush over to help.

Use a tub or shower chair. Bathroom chairs for the elderly are designed to help them maintain balance while bathing. These chairs are waterproof, stable, and sturdy for a comfortable, safe shower.

Keep it simple. A minimalist bathroom design is best for seniors so that there isn’t a lot of stuff getting in the way. Look for sturdy wall hooks and towel hangers that they can use to keep towels and bathrobes off the floor. The less clutter you have in the bathroom, the safer it will be for seniors to navigate.

Try a walk-in tub. Walk-in tubs and showers are best for seniors since they prevent having to “climb over” the edge. These tubs are perfect for the elderly who want to age in place and prefer to live at home rather than in an assisted living facility.

Install grab bars. Grab bars on the shower and bathtub walls and next to the toilet will give your loved one something to hang onto if they feel dizzy or tired. These bars can be found at most home improvement stores and do an excellent job at providing seniors with some extra stability in the bathroom.

Check the dimensions. Seniors who use a wheelchair should have a bathroom door that’s at least 34-inches wide. The inside of the bathroom should have a minimum of a five-foot radius so they can easily turn around. You should also ensure that there are at least 27 inches of clearance under the sink for the wheelchair. Hang mirrors low enough so that seniors don’t have to strain or stand on their tiptoes in the bathroom.

From a luxurious, spa-like master bathroom to a safe bathroom for seniors, designing a bathroom that fits your lifestyle and your needs will make your life that much easier. Keep these tips in mind to make sure you have everything you need, and watch your fixtures, tub styles, and colors come together in a beautiful, functional space you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Written by Cassandra Rosas and originally posted on Porch.com

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8 REMODELING DESIGN TRENDS FOR SMALLER KITCHENS IN 2021

Our kitchens were the unsung hero in 2020 as time was spent in the kitchen more than ever before.  People were going out less and the kitchen became the focal point for the family.  Unfortunately for some, that was in a small kitchen that quickly cramped their new lifestyle. However, spending so much time in their smaller kitchen has many dreaming of remodels to make it more functional and enjoyable.  New kitchen remodels are booming this year and along with all the renovations come new trends!  So, to help you with your remodel, we’ve got the top 8 remodeling design trends for smaller kitchens in 2021.

Design Trends for Smaller Kitchens in 2021

  1. L-Shaped Kitchens:  This is the most popular kitchen shape in 2021. It is designed to be efficient and flow seamlessly into the next room and thus, it is great for homes that lack square footage.
  2. Open the room:  In the past, the open concept kitchen was made popular because it opened the kitchen into the living room which made entertaining easier. After last year’s pandemic, the open concept is bringing the family in the living room into the kitchen while dinner is being prepared.  An open concept kitchen also adds style and creates the impression of a more expansive space.  You can minimize clutter in the kitchen with hidden storage areas built into your remodel plans.
  3. Color trends:  Neutral colors are in trend for kitchens.  Don’t worry about having them all match.  That is the beauty of neutral colors!  Colors like green and blue are like bringing nature inside and can be used in all different shades…muted, deep, dramatic, and bold. It pairs beautifully with many other colors and materials.
  4. Appliances: Choose appliances that will fit the space. For example, choose a flush mount cooktop instead of a range that takes up space. Weigh the pros and cons of using gas-powered appliances vs. electric appliances and the energy efficiency of each appliance you purchase.  Becoming more popular are induction cooktops because they are easier to clean and maintain and they are also more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Another note to consider, appliances are moving towards matte and brushed finishes.  These finishes are easier to keep clean and show fewer smudges and fingerprints.  Embracing practicality is the recurring theme throughout the trends for kitchen designs.
  5. Countertops are trending darker, and cabinets are trending lighter and brighter. You’ll find a lot of darker stone options for countertops as well as darker wood countertops (instead of the super-pale butcher block style).  These darker colors are going to offer a beautiful contrast to cabinets.  Look for natural wood tones for cabinets. Wood tones will lend warmth to the whole room and look beautiful paired with the dark stone countertops that are trending.
  6. More on cabinetry: Forget even minimal hardware; the trend is to go without pulls and knobs altogether. Cabinetry with notches and touch latches will streamline the feel of any kitchen.  Utilize upper cabinets as well by extending them upward to the ceiling so that every inch of wall space is functional. If you are looking to create the illusion of space, use fluted or dimpled glass fronts on a few upper cabinets…just not on all of them.
  7. Statement Pieces:  Even in smaller kitchens, you can make a statement!  Whether it is through different tile shapes (think outside the standard rectangular subway tile), a statement sink, or a statement ventilation hood.  Any of these can become a work of art.  Displaying artwork, whether it is vintage print or painting, in a kitchen is increasing in popularity. Be sure to place these pieces away from the stove or places prone to spills and splatters.
  8. More Natural Light: In the past, pendant lighting and task lighting were the focus. However, the more sunlight you can get into your kitchen now is better. We are all craving more vitamin D!  Putting in more or bigger windows is an effort to bring the outdoors in. Natural light makes your kitchen more inviting and natural elements are instant mood boosters.

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Using Reclaimed Wood in Home Remodels

Using reclaimed wood in home remodels has been an on-trend design element for a few years now. It is an idea that appeals to a lot of people for reasons that extend beyond being solely conscious about the environment. One major benefit is the warmth it adds, as well as texture and character to the look of your home. It can instantly add an aged patina to a brand-new kitchen.

Reclaimed wood has a natural warmth to it that will add balance to an Industrial or Modern-style home.  Each piece of wood is unique with its’ inherent qualities and the natural weathering of the boards. Sliding barn doors, accent walls clad in wood, and ceiling beams are especially popular and it looks as though they will remain so for quite a while. Interior designers are seeing an increase in the number of clients requesting the addition of reclaimed wood into their new remodel. Here are a few things you should know about using reclaimed wood to make your newly remodeled space even more visually interesting.

Old but Not Unusable

The idea of using wood from an old building or shipping crate might lead to some worry about rot or insect damage. Reclaimed wood should always be thoroughly examined for those issues prior to use.  Not all reclaimed wood is equal in its properties.  Old-growth timber generally is denser than new wood harvested from younger trees. Therefore, it would be much better suited for a humid part of the home.  Teak, considered the most rot-resistant wood, is highly resistant to weather and moisture. Along with old-growth cypress, teak is an exceptional wood for use in the damp areas, such as a master bath.

Reclaimed wood may need refinishing and will require some amount of routine maintenance, but it can be well worth the extra effort and expense. One additional perk, by using reclaimed instead of new wood, you will not subject yourself and your family to the potentially dangerous off-gassing from a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) which is found in new wood.

Other Notable Points

Even your own home can be a source of used wood if you are removing old cabinets or shelves. A big reason for the appeal of reclaimed wood is the fascinating details it contains. Odd knots, nail holes, and even the imperfections contribute to the character of the pieces. You may be lucky enough to find a rare species of reclaimed wood no longer being harvested. You will usually find reclaimed wood in different lengths and widths, but this is also considered a visual bonus.

Using reclaimed wood does come with a few challenges. Usually, it is best to have a professional deal with this material, even if you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer since many of the pieces are incredibly old, some more than a hundred years. Many pieces of old wood may contain nails or screws that must be removed before refinishing.

Using Reclaimed Wood

You can use reclaimed wood in any part of a home remodeling project that requires this material. Think about an interesting, one-of-a-kind table made from a vintage door. Sturdy and attractive shelves and cabinets can be constructed, as well. Repurposing wood to make your floors will significantly raise your costs, especially here in the southwest, where we have no 150-year-old barns to salvage!

If you have your heart set on the look of reclaimed wood floors, you have two options. You may want to consider using new wood, stain it to achieve the same look, and save yourself some money. The second option would be to use a porcelain plank tile flooring that resembles barn wood. Tile is more durable and less expensive. An accent wall of reclaimed wood would not be as expensive as doing all the flooring and would add a lot of visual interest and a sense of history to your home.

Where to Use Reclaimed Wood

In the kitchen, we would caution you to be careful with where you place wood in relation to wet areas. Using wood for a small butcher block counter is one thing, but having all your counters constructed of wood will be a maintenance challenge. These countertops would have to be refinished every few years, especially near the sink area. Spills would need to be wiped up immediately. This is definitely not a countertop material for everyone!

Some of our clients have asked about using reclaimed wood as their backsplash material. Again, we would caution you about the extra upkeep. It can be done; however, you would need to have the backsplash sealed multiple times with a lacquer type sealant. In a sleek industrial style kitchen, for instance, as a nice contrast, you may want to add open shelving made from reclaimed wood. Pairing reclaimed wood with other salvaged items like a vintage sink also adds drama and interest to your new space.

How about the Living Areas: Great Room, Bedroom, or Entry?

The Great Room is an excellent place to add an accent wall of reclaimed wood.  If you have a fireplace, a reclaimed wood mantle adds warmth and texture to the room. The master bedroom is a great place to add an accent wall of reclaimed wood, you may not even need to use a headboard.  In addition, an entry or a dining room is also a perfect place to add an accent wall of barn wood.

One other thing to be aware of when working with wood, it will swell and contract depending on the ambient temperature and the amount of humidity in the air. It is important to use a flexible silicone caulking for installation purposes.

 

Let Us Help You Love Your Home Again

As a home remodeler in the Greater Phoenix Area, we will help you do the homework to make the best decisions regarding your remodel.  If using reclaimed wood, we will make sure it goes in the right areas and make is visually stunning! Ready? Call us at (480)895-3442 to schedule your free 60-minute in-home or virtual consultation to get started! Our award-winning design team and craftsmen are ready to make your vision for your dream remodel a reality.

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Creating Space We Can Enjoy

As 2020 settles in to be an extraordinary year with unprecedented times, there is a desire to seek out beauty and to find the positive in our lives. And nothing helps more to delight us than design and creating a space we can enjoy.  This year we are exploring bold new creations and unique possibilities regarding our homes. It is the year to be free, experimental, and create new things and reinvent not only yourself but your home. So many trends, some new and others coming back into style, for home renovations are being seen on a regular basis. Here are 8 impressive and unique remodeling ideas, the best part about most of these, they are relatively inexpensive to accomplish even when you are sheltering in place!

8 renovating and decorating ideas in creating a space we can enjoy

  1. Empty space under your stairs? Turn it into a home for your dog, a playhouse for your child, a book nook or even a storage closet.
  2. Decorate your boring blank walls. If you are tired of plain old walls or floors, just add stenciled art, stamps, lace or even paper art to add character to your plain surface.
  3. Put in a hammock where there’s space. Here is one of the craziest ideas that produces amazing results. If you have an extremely high ceiling in your home or empty space above your staircase, simply add a sturdy hammock across the area. Instantly create a space to relax or even sleep.
  4. Wide-open spaces. Turn an empty room into a home mini cinema or entertainment center that you and your guests will absolutely adore. You can even turn that room into a pillow room, where you can relax and read or even sleep depending on the types and size of pillows you have in the room.
  5. Create an indoor pit: While renovating, create a “pit-like” area in your living room; this area can be a hollowed-out area in the ground, much like an indoor pool. This will be turned into a conversation pit when sofas or pillows are added to it. This may not be everyone’s taste, but if you have space, it can turn a room into a major conversation piece.
  6. Create a unique space: Create a hidden room behind a movable staircase or bookcase for escaping into your own private study when you need time alone. Search online for unique ideas that you are certain to fall in love with and give us a call.
  7. Make your walls magnetic: This will make it easier to hang items and it removes the need for unsightly screws and hooks. Do not go for the cheapest option if you use metallic wall boards; choose the sturdiest and most durable option instead.
  8. Utilize your kitchen island for storage: Another unique renovation idea is to place a mini-fridge or wine rack in your kitchen island. Also, consider putting the trash and recycling in the kitchen island. Add trap doors at the top of the island for access.

These are just a few amazing renovation ideas to try next time you are remodeling your home. Do not let your remodeling ideas be limited by tradition; think bold and unique. Contact us at 480-895-3442 if you are interested in remodeling your home and adding to the unique appeal you enjoy from your living spaces.

Peruse our portfolio for more ideas for creating spaces that will make you enjoy your home again!

 

Ten Trends for Kitchen Design in 2020

Kitchen Trends for 2020

Kitchen Design Has Come a Long Way

Kitchen design has come a long way in the last 20 years. We’ve seen some pretty amazing trends, but there are some trends that come and go pretty quickly when people realize they can’t complement their cobalt blue refrigerator, range, and dishwasher for more than a couple of years.  We have had our eye on a few trends that we will happily take into 2020 and beyond.  What we love is an updated classic design for kitchens being amped up in the glamour factor without making you feel out of place having coffee in a bathrobe.

Sleek Kitchen Design with Sleek Cabinetry

Flat-faced cabinets and low-profile handles help to create a very sleek kitchen appearance. By using less crown molding on the tops of the upper cabinets helps achieve that look!  It also gives more storage space to the cabinets.

Darker and Thinner Countertops

With natural materials and earth tones taking over the entire home design, kitchens are doing the same.  Countertops are no longer two or three inches thick. Thinner materials are lightweight but just as durable. One-and-a-half-inch thick granite is more standard and three-quarter inch thick quartz works well for modern style kitchens. What’s new, is dark natural woods like walnut!

Matching Countertop and Backsplash

Extending the countertop material up the backsplash streamlines the number of materials in a kitchen creating a clean and contemporary look.

Double Islands

Expanding a kitchen’s function and maintain kitchen flow, double islands in the kitchen can be an integral feature.  The area is divided between meal prep and serving or gathering.  Add another sink and function is doubled!

Gravity Defying Islands

Maximizing the sense of clean, open space within a smaller kitchen have been drawn to gravity-defying islands. With these unique islands, the functional elements of the kitchen recede to reveal more space and become an extension of the architecture itself.  (Think less bulk underneath the island’s countertop.)

Steel Hoods

Kitchen hoods are moving away from stainless steel and basic painted wood.  Implementing steel and plasterwork into the design makes the steel hood a focal point and conversation pieces for the kitchen.

Warm Finishes

The time for grey and white kitchens is giving way to warm finishes.  When done well, wood cabinetry can be modern and fresh.

Open Shelving for Decor

There has been a long-running trend of open shelving for plates and glassware but now the possibilities are expanding!   Open shelving is displaying antique cookware, gilded vintage glasses and copper pots to blend the old world with modern appliances.

Task Lighting and Natural Lighting

Overhead lighting just isn’t enough light to illuminate food preparation areas sometimes, so this is where we rely on strategically placed task lighting. Under-cabinet lighting, as well as pendant lighting, are very popular options for task lighting.  The addition of windows above or below cabinetry or in the eat-in-kitchen nook brings in a great amount of natural lighting. Many homeowners enjoy the addition of windows or skylights because they also improve the curb appeal of the home.

Pull-out Cabinet Storage

Lower cabinets are often dark and dishes tend to become lost in the abyss. Stop losing dishes, and install pull-out cabinet shelving or better yet, deep pot drawers instead of stationary shelves.  Nothing is more convenient as well as better looking than including built-in trash and recycle containers. Installing them where they are easy to access from your prep area makes your work in the kitchen that much easier.

Greater Phoenix Area Remodelers

Call Tri-Lite Builders at (480) 895-3442 for a free 60-minute consultation to begin your kitchen remodel! Our designers and craftsmen would love the opportunity to show you how we can turn your existing kitchen into an amazing room that you’ll never want to leave. Peruse our featured projects to see some of our award-winning kitchens remodels.

 

Reimagine Your Space With Reclaimed Materials

Stardust is a material reuse organization local to the Phoenix metro area.  Stardust’s mission is driven by their vision of a future without waste; a sustainable community where resources are reused or redistributed.  For the past 20 years, they have rallied behind reducing landfill waste with a simple call to action: Starve the Landfill.  This led them to provide quality reclaimed materials to thousands of customers and diverting more than 80 million pounds of usable materials from piling up landfills.   Stardust has locations where you can donate your materials as well as shop their materials.  Learn more about Stardust here.  If you think you’d like to follow this green trend, as your remodeler, we’d love to help you reimagine your space!

The No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

The No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

You have finally decided to bring all your great ideas for remodeling your kitchen and the prospect thrills you! You are determined to have a no regrets kitchen remodel. Now imagine looking at all the latest options for backsplashes, kitchen islands, and cabinets. And then, the question arises of how will you make all this work with the different types of counters, flooring and new lighting fixtures? The truth of it is, kitchen remodeling presents many opportunities for good and bad decisions along with technical challenges. Keep reading for our best advice to avoid costly mistakes and to have the ‘no regrets kitchen remodel’.

Know What Your Home Needs

First and foremost, you should acknowledge the style of your home. Then ascertain what is broke and actually needs replaced.  This will help to guide your remodeling decisions, plus it will pretty much guarantee that the project won’t go off the rails from a design standpoint. For example, a Modern clean line kitchen may not suit a Victorian style home interior.

Reuse Where Possible

Even a full remodel does not always mean making changes to every single aspect of the space. You don’t have to change appliances if they are still in good condition and functioning properly. A hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished, and the same applies to cabinets.

Work With Existing Installations

Changing plumbing and gas lines can be costly, so if there is no need to move them you can save money. You can plan your remodeling with these installations in mind, and this will make the entire process easier. You can put the new sink, stove, and other elements in the same position as the old ones and still get a new look for the kitchen.

Plan the Layout

Kitchen design is something you will live with for years. It will also influence your ability to use the kitchen comfortably and efficiently. Any mistakes in the floor plan may be too expensive to rectify right away. Start with a rough draft before you talk to a contractor. Mark the spots for the appliances and the fixtures, and the contractors’ Designer will advise you on the best use of the space.

Read Up On Trends

Trends can make the entire project a whole lot easier. Trends influence everything from the color scheme to the type of backsplash. Luckily, kitchen trends do not necessarily suggest buying the most expensive products. It may also help to be aware of trends and styles in your neighborhood. As your remodeler, we can also help you with the latest trends.

Keep Costs in Check

Any successful kitchen remodeling project rests on getting your budget lined up from the start. A good rule of thumb is to budget around 20% of the value of your home for a complete kitchen remodel.  Construction costs, like removing walls and relocating electrical circuits or increasing electrical capacity can run higher.  Adding in some DIY elements or reusing elements can help keep you within your budget.  After doing your research, you will be able to make a list of all the must-haves in your budget. You can work with your Contractor to find fixtures and materials you can afford. There is no need to go for the most expensive products when more cost-effective alternatives will do. If overspending on your remodel is not an option, let your contractor know so they can help you figure out what does fit in your budget.

Learn more about kitchen remodeling and all remodeling projects in our blogs!  You can find them here.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

The designers and craftsmen here at Tri-Lite Builders enjoy the renovation challenges presented by their clients. We have worked diligently to create a proven process for successful outcomes so that you have the kitchen remodel you have envisioned. We will make sure you will have the no regrets kitchen remodel.  We’re very proud of the work we do and the awards we’ve earned. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment to work with us on your new kitchen design!

Trending Kitchen Storage and Design Ideas

Trending Kitchen Storage and Design

Your dream kitchen is just around the corner! Categorically, the number one desire in remodeling a kitchen is to create more storage in the existing space. Obviously, this is a great way to give your kitchen the functionality it needs, but you can also infuse it with creativity along the way.  Whether you are doing it yourself or having Tri-Lite Builders plan your new kitchen, you can be inspired by these trending kitchen storage and design ideas.

Reclaim and Recycle

Using reclaimed material is still on-trend and is expected to continue.  Reclaimed wood is everywhere and easy to find cost-effectively or even free. Old shipping crates, used pallets, and old furniture are all sources for wood recycling.  Using these materials may require sanding and refinishing to make the pieces usable.  Some recycled wood will work for a more rustic look. It all comes down to the finished look you desire.

Kitchen Pantry

If organization and saving money are your goal, consider building a kitchen pantry. When building a pantry, think about the space in relation to having all the food items and small kitchen appliances you need for meal preparation within easy reach.  Pantries are a great addition to keeping your weekly budget for groceries in hand since you can easily see what foods you have stored.

Material Combinations

Today’s trends invite you to think out of the box!  Create striking visuals by mixing materials and tones for your kitchen cabinets. You can get this effect easily by using different materials and/or shades for upper and lower cabinets. For example, consider wooden lower cabinets, and upper cabinets with metal for an interesting contrast. Alternatively, you could consider a dark wood for the kitchen island, white cabinets for the base cabinetry. You can also use glass or open shelving for the upper cabinets. No longer are matching cabinets a necessity for an attractive looking kitchen.  Choose materials that you like above any other factors.

Since you are designing the kitchen of your dreams, explore the different material choices as well as storage solutions.  Kitchen storage possibilities aren’t limited to cabinets or a pantry. You can use the same creativity in your materials and design for kitchen islands. Check online to discover more kitchen storage options that will make your kitchen uniquely yours! You can also explore our award-winning kitchens in our portfolio here!

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Kick start your project by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer no-obligation in-home consultation. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

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