The number one reason our customers give for remodeling a home is that the space feels or looks dated. There are only two reasons things look dated: because of a change in style or because they’re worn out. Most of the time for a bathroom or kitchen remodel, it’s because styles have changed, which means the original builder or last remodeler picked a trend that faded. So, how do you balance a look that’s current yet avoid a space that looks dated within a short time? Here are some ideas.
Consider the Trend’s Staying Power
One current trend is the smart home. Although technology will continue to evolve, chances of a smart home losing its popularity before it’s time for another remodel are slim. Another trend that we’ve seen continue to grow is that of drawers in place of lower cabinets in a kitchen remodel. This trend makes sense and shows no signs of slowing down. Drawers are easier to organize and it’s easier to access the entire space. A few other trends with staying power include:
- White kitchen cabinets
- Spa-themed bathrooms
- Energy efficiency upgrades
- Walk-in showers
- Natural materials & light
- Subway tile for backsplashes & bathrooms
- Ample storage
Of course, we’ve seen other trends in home remodeling not stay around long — like the Tuscan kitchen and glass block bathroom widows.
Understand How Much It Will Cost to Change
For several years, rubbed bronze was the hottest trend in doorknobs and faucets. A kitchen faucet costs about $300, which is a very small percentage of a kitchen remodel. So, if you love the latest trend in kitchen faucets, that may be a trend worth following because it’s not a huge effort or expense to replace. Doorknobs throughout your home aren’t hard to replace, however, they range in price from about $15 to over $50 each. So, as you make that decision, count how many you would need if you decide to replace them. On the other hand, colored appliances are a much bigger investment. They cost more to purchase upfront and replacement costs can get into the $10,000 range.
Do You Love It? Does It Work for Your Family?
Two very important considerations of any home remodeling project should be function and fit. If you don’t love it, don’t do it. If you do love it, even if it could be out of style soon or cost a lot to change, as long as you know you’re not selling your home anytime soon, do it. It’s your home and you should love the results of the remodel. The same goes for how much the element changes your home for the better for your family. If it works for you, trend or not, include it in your remodel.
Trust G.M. Roth Design Remodeling for Guidance
Because we have more than 30 years of experience in home remodeling throughout southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, we’ve seen many trends come and go. G.M. Roth can help you make the best decision based on your taste, lifestyle and budget. Call us today at (603) 880-3761 or fill out our contact form to get started.