With the New Year upon us, we’re dusting off our crystal ball in order to ponder important future remodeling trends. Here are three trends that our crystal ball (and our research) predicts for 2013 and beyond:
Lower Maintenance: As baby boomers age and the next generation of homeowners focuses on building their careers, less time will be spent on the upkeep of homes. Consequently, home improvement investments will likely be geared towards products and solutions that are durable and require less maintenance. In 2013, homeowners will seek alternative materials and methods that foster holistic functionality.
Functionality and Value: Speaking of functionality, over-the-top upgrades are losing popularity and a greater number of spaces will be constructed for usefulness and practicality. According to Kermit Baker, the chief economist for the American Institute of Architects, “There have been some pretty significant changes over the past six years and housing preferences may have changed permanently…the grandiose master bath[s] may have passed us by, and the trend of integrating the kitchen into the family space accelerated during the downturn, along with multi-use spaces and informality.”
Green and Sustainable: In 2013, many homeowners will strive to create healthy living environments that are free of toxins and harsh chemicals, hence it’s likely the use of green materials and practices will increase. Plus, a rebounding economy gives consumers more spending power to pursue these practices. Additionally, homeowners can still take advantage of federal and state incentives to evaluate their home’s energy efficiency and overall performance. Upgrade trends may include the use of low VOC materials to improve indoor air quality, testing combustion safety and radon mitigation.
As you ponder your next remodel, consider these trends and their application to your project. As always, we welcome your questions and the opportunity to discuss your goals.
Coastal Builders, Inc.
Source Note: This article was compiled using information from the blog post entitled "Home Improvement and Remodeling Trends for 2013".