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What’s trending in home remodels/upgrades for 2019


Master bathroom trends

“Some of the trending features we are seeing in master bath layouts are steam shower, spa/rain-shower head, freestanding tubs, wet/dry areas (shower/tub combinations), huge showers and lots of light in bathrooms,” says Pardee’s Finstad. “At some price points, tubs in master bathrooms are becoming less of a priority. We do expect these trends to continue into 2019.” The steam showers, spa shower heads and well-lit bathrooms all signify a major trend in home building toward wellness.

Machado-Rosas is seeing similar trends in her projects at Jackson Design and Remodeling. “The home wellness features we’ve seen increasing in popularity are steam and digital showers and bidet toilet seats. Human-centric lighting is also trending for us, with a focus on thoughtfully planned layers of lighting that adapt to the body’s natural cycles. Baby boomers and millennial parents are equally interested in these features, which we see connected in part to an overall trend toward comfort and coziness at home.”

Kitchen trends

The wellness trend is showing up in kitchens, too. “The steam oven has captured the imagination of homeowners,” says Graham. “They can effortlessly transition from a conventional oven to a convection steam oven and immediately see the benefits. It is an attractive option for the health-conscious consumer.”

Connected appliances that let you see inside from the supermarket are another trend, as are dishwashers that do more with less: less water, less energy and less noise, but more capacity with third racks. “On the horizon, I think we’ll see manufacturers continue to focus on how they can create a dishwasher with maximum cleaning power using the least amount of water and energy possible.”

Living space trends

Socialization is key, with kitchens opening up to indoor and outdoor living areas. “Today’s buyers are looking for homes with open spaces, particularly downstairs, with open entryways and inviting kitchens that open to the family room. I would recommend sellers with older homes remove a wall or reconfigure their living areas in order to entice more buyers, which, in turn, will demand a higher price,” La Mattery suggests. “I also find that many buyers would rather have an additional guest room downstairs, as opposed to a living room that gets very limited use.”

“We have increased our output of health/wellness spaces, both indoor and outdoor,” Pardee’s Finstad says. “The modern homebuyer prioritizes health and wellness far more than ever before. We’ve staged yoga decks as well as more traditional indoor fitness rooms to illustrate the opportunities buyers have to create a healthy environment within their own home.”

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Update your home with lasting changes – guidelines to avoid looking dated

Stick with the basics for your basics

Clean lines and neutral colors, while not the stuff of Instagram likes, will probably outlast current obsessions such as patterned cement tiles and benches upholstered with ratty sheepskins. Design pros preach that the backbones of your home — floors, walls and major furniture — should skew toward simplicity. In a decade, that swoop-armed Pottery Barn sofa might feel more tired than a low-slung, squared-off midcentury modern couch.

Indulge in trends — in a small way

Holland says she sometimes gets pushback from clients when she presents a design proposal with neutral base elements. “They’ll sometimes say, ‘That’s boring,’ but I emphasize that the way to do these trends — macramé, a bold pattern — is in a pillow or a small area rug,” she says. It’s akin to shelling out for the little black designer dress you’ll wear forever, then dolling it up with this season’s necklace and shoes.

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Do you have clients that want to age in place? Clients that want to sell homes in 55+ communities. Check out these design elements.

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American baby boomers are reaching retirement age at a rate of 10,000 a day, according to AARP. But apparently they’d rather regale friends with apocryphal recollections of being at Woodstock than contemplate their own mortality and plan for their dotage, even though they risk paying dearly for such shortsightedness.

“Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older persons,” said Erik Listou, co-founder of the Living in Place Institute, who modified the accepted term “aging in place” (AIP) when he co-founded it, because “nobody wants to talk about getting old.” The Denver-based educational organization trains medical professionals, Realtors, designers, and contractors in AIP principals. “The cost of a fall is estimated at around $34,000 in just direct medical expenses,” he continued. And according to Genworth Financial’s 2017 Cost of Care Survey, the national annual median for assisted living is $45,000 (as high as $72,000 in some states), so making your home safe enough to maintain your independence clearly makes economic sense, what with the average midrange bathroom remodel costing about $19,000, according to Remodeling magazine.

But it isn’t the cost that causes clients and builders to avoid the topic. After all, many AIP modifications, such as replacing knobs on cabinets, faucets and doors with pulls and levers, can be made without a major overhaul. Homeowners fear that AIP will look ugly and institutional. One glance at a bathroom grab bar and most of us can smell disinfectant and hear the squeak of nurses’ shoes.

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