If your 2015 to-do list includes buying a fixer-upper, updating your house to sell, or upgrading your home for your own enjoyment, we’ve compiled the top remodeling trends to expect this year. Get inspired to makeover your space, and find out how these updates can impact your home’s value.
Open kitchen shelving
If you’re looking to remodel your home, a kitchen remodel is a great place to start. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs Value Report, a minor kitchen remodel will recoup the most out of all interior remodeling projects.
“Open shelving is a 2015 kitchen design trend that continues from previous years,” says Erin Davis, lead designer at Mosaik Design & Remodeling. “Open shelving is practical, aesthetically pleasing, visually enlarges the kitchen and shows off dinnerware and kitchen accessories.”
Nancy Dalton, owner of design build firm Baywolf Dalton, Inc., is also seeing more open shelving instead of traditional cabinets in her client projects. A great way to highlight this open spaces is by using LED lighting.
“2015 bathrooms should be three things: contemporary, spa-like, and accessible,” according to the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association.
“Expect built-in soaking tubs to be replaced by open or frameless, large walk-in showers, with multiple shower heads,” say the experts at DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen Remodeling. The fluid look and fewer lines of a frameless shower doors will finish off the room.
“Showers with seats and safety grab-bars, and low or zero-barrier walk-in showers are becoming more popular in Baby Boomer homes,” say the experts at DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen Remodeling. “In-shower seating and safety bars are no longer considered taboo.”
The experts at DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen Remodeling advise that large format tiles, river rock pebbles, and wood-inspired tiles will create a soothing, spa-like bathroom in 2015.
Transitional kitchen and living space
“2015 homebuyers will be looking for homes that offer more open living space, instead of traditional, compartmentalized homes,” says Jim Saxon, President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty. “Buyers want homes that are open, airy and provide ample room for entertaining guests. Modern, updated kitchens will be a top priority on buyers’ must-have lists.”
DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen Remodeling experts also anticipate a growing demand for large, open kitchens that flow into the living room to create a multi-use space. “Opening up the kitchen to the living and dining areas provides a place for guests and family to gather near the cook,” say the experts at DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen Remodeling. They also expect to see an increase in large center islands and computer workstations incorporated into overall kitchen design plans.
2015 will see a blend of finishes, to accommodate both function and aesthetic. “We are mixing finishes and countertop materials for textural interest, such as a food-safe, walnut counter on the island and quartz on the perimeter in a kitchen, says Dalton. “We are also mixing flat finishes with satin sheen levels on countertops and cabinetry.”
“The artful and functional mixing of materials for cabinets and countertops is a continued trend and cambria quartz countertops are becoming a favorite because they do not require the maintenance of granite,” say the experts at DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen Remodeling.
Expect gray to be the color of choice for interior finishes. “Homeowners, designers and remodelers are in love with icy grays and sumptuous charcoal,” says Davis. “Gray creates the perfect backdrop for splashes of color.”
“While classic white-painted cabinets are still a favorite, we are seeing more warm shades of gray and taupe, which work well with other colors,” say the experts at DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen Remodeling.
Flush appliance installation
“Kitchen designs will incorporate more flush appliance installations in 2015,” says Dalton. A flush appliance installation is where the face of the oven or fridge is flush with the case of a cabinet. “This new style of installation is very clean; only products developed for flush installations are appropriate. Several higher-end manufacturers offer products, such as convection steam ovens, constructed for this kind of installation.”
“The more expensive institutional care becomes, the more we’ll build and remodel for older generations to live with their children in in-law suites, additions, or secondary structures,” say Mark & Theresa Clement, designers, contractors and co-hosts of the MyFixitUpLife home, decor and DIY show.
Fully functional outdoor living spaces
“2015 will be the year of outdoor living spaces,” says Saxon. “Home buyers are looking for large outdoor gathering spaces that have high-end features, such as stone fire pits and outdoor kitchens.”
The Clement’s anticipate that as indoor comforts like electronics and appliance become more affordable, this affordability will also become more of the norm for outdoor items. “Expect 2015 to see design and remodeling to make the outdoors a real ‘room’ in the house.”
Affordable sustainability and technology
What used to be considered a luxury such as sustainable living features and state-of-the-art technology, are now becoming mainstream and will be much more accessible in 2015.
The Clement’s say, “LED lighting is only getting cheaper. The upcoming generation of homebuyers has sustainability in their DNA and will want it in their homes. It will increasingly take the form of everything from wood decks to more trees in the landscape.”
“Technology, from security systems to full home automation, has become integral in homes,” says Ryan Perrone, president of Nautilus Homes. “Lighting control has been around for a long time, however it is now much more affordable.”
Not sure if a home remodel is the right choice for you? The 2015 Cost vs Value Report advises, “homeowners should do whatever home projects they want if they plan to remain in their homes for five years or longer.” Homeowners shouldn’t worry what the return on investment of a kitchen if they aren’t not going to move for a decade.
For more 2015 trends, check out our 2015 real estate trends.