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Top Home Remodeling Trends for 2011

Blog entry by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS posted 02-07-2011 11:48 PM 10667 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As the new year is picking up steam, I thought it would be a good time to share my views on the future… the future of home remodeling that is. Here are the top remodeling trends for 2011.

This year has been challenging for homeowners and remodelers alike. The good news is that although progress is slow, remodelers across Lancaster County, PA say that things are looking up.

Many homeowners are looking to 2011 with a renewed sense of optimism about remodeling their homes. Home prices have stabilized and the economy is moving in a positive direction. Astute remodeling contractors have found ways interesting ways to help homeowners stay within their budget. Many people think that 2011 will the best time we have seen in years to remodel.
The focus will be on creative use of existing space and moderate sized additions. The use of color as a way to define space and bring out architectural features will continue to gain popularity.

Kitchens will be made over to be brighter, open and less formal. Granite and quartz continue to be the countertops of choice, but soapstone is emerging as a unique alternative for an earthier feel in a solid surface countertop. Many kitchen and bathroom remodels will include cost effective techniques to recycle or renovate features rather than replacing everything.

There has been great interest in renewing fireplaces to create a family centered area. The stacked stone fireplace continues to be a favorite.

Creating open floor plans will be one of the leading home improvements this year it seems. Formal spaces in the home will be repurposed by opening up existing walls and creating more usable family centered space. Many people will find that their home can take on a whole new feel and function by reorganizing the seldom used formal living and dining rooms.

Master suites and bathrooms will also be designed around how we live our lives, with less focus on over the top extravagance. By focusing more on function and reasonable scale over flash, home remodels will have the feel and features we want without unsustainable budgets.

Lastly, home energy performance improvements with various types of remodeling projects will continue to grow in popularity due to their positive return on investment. Homeowners are discovering that advances in building science have illustrated that there are numerous cost effective adjustments that can be made to their homes. These adjustments and repairs will improve energy bills and make homes more comfortable at the same time.

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posted 02-08-2011 04:51 PM

perhaps this is also indicative of a trend to being a more “family-oriented” culture and to move away from the disposable society (including by a life-time home rather than one to move from in a few years)?

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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Mike Blank, CGR CAPS

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posted 02-08-2011 05:51 PM

I think you’re on the right track. At least short term, the recession has refocused people on what matters. How long will it last is the question?

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posted 02-08-2011 06:20 PM

hopefully for generations :)

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 02-09-2011 09:42 AM

It’s true that the recession has helped homeowners to manage their home remodeling projects better. They are now focusing on key areas in their home that can help their return on investment just in case they want to sell their property in the future. Locations and elements that are affordable but can increase your house’s market value are kitchen space remodeling and building decks or patios. Here’s a good resource I found when I was remodeling my home—http://www.eckhoffconstruction.com/.

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Houston

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posted 02-10-2011 08:53 PM

I completely agree with “tearing down the walls that divide us!” More open floor plans increase flow and versatility throughout the home, and, naturally, create a larger feeling of space. I think we’ll see stacked stone in addition to the fireplace – overall a move towards less processed building materials seems very likely.

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Mike Blank, CGR CAPS

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posted 02-10-2011 08:54 PM

Great points! Thanks for commenting.

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posted 02-17-2011 05:19 AM

Many homeowners are trying to increase their houses’ market value by remodeling particular areas of their home. I have done the same myself and I tried to make an impact by investing in landscape design and maintenance. There are reliable professionals who can set you up with a well manicured lawn or lush gardens. Here’s a resource I found useful for landscaping—http://www.sergioslandscaping.net/.

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posted 04-28-2011 09:40 AM

Spring and summer months provide the perfect weather to do a spot of remodeling and house cleaning. By sprucing up the look of your property, you will be able to maintain the structure of your home and keep your home furnishings in good condition. When the time comes to sell your home, you will even see an increase in its market value because of the home improvement and house cleaning projects you undertook. http://www.anewapproachcleaning.com

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posted 04-29-2011 12:00 PM

Another trend in home building and home remodeling is the use of eco-friendly building materials and processes. There are organizations that even offer seminars regarding these topics to help home builders adopt environmentally-friendly practices. —http://homerefurbers.com/members/MBCremodeling/blog/529.

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posted 04-29-2011 12:27 PM

Doing home improvement projects or remodeling your home is a good step towards potentially increasing its market value. One popular practice in home building is using energy-efficient materials. If you use energy-efficient products, you will significantly reduce our energy consumption and even see a decrease in the cost of your electric bill. —http://web.spotcoolstuff.com/home-improvement/remodeling-design

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posted 06-06-2011 07:52 AM

Home remodeling companies are getting a lot of business these days. Home builders and remodeling contractors that are affiliated with reputable building materials providers can save money and help homeowners with their projects better. wire deck railing

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posted 06-09-2011 06:06 AM

Another trend in home remodeling is considering security in home improvement plans. With the rise of criminal activity, houses that are built to deter burglars will make your home a safer and more comfortable place to live in. http://www.wirelesssecuritynow.com/

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posted 06-10-2011 04:55 AM

It is a good idea to take care of your residential security concerns while you are remodeling your home. If you buy wired burglar alarms, it can be tedious to install them. You will have to drill holes on your walls and re-arrange cables. It is more convenient to set them up during the remodeling process. http://wirelessalarm123.com/

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