Renovating your kitchen is an excellent way to improve its look, increase the value of your home and appeal to a more diverse range of home buyers if you decide to sell. However, a kitchen remodel can easily cost $10,000 to $20,000 or more, which is why you want to make choices that you can live with. Learning more about some of hottest trends for 2015 can help you decide what you want and don't want in your kitchen. These trends are everywhere and even in our Louisville Real Estate Market.
Traditional Is Back
Trends come and go, but the classics remain constant. One of the hottest renovation trends for 2015 is a more traditional look. Homeowners today are no longer attached to trendy colors and modern designs; they want homes that have a more traditional look and will retain that traditional look for years to come, another words a timeless design. Home owners are electing to do the timeless look, with just a touch of whimsical or pop of color, that can be an easy change anytime in the future.
Experts predict that 2015 will bring a return to darker wood colors for cabinets, tables, counters and even floors. There are also some reports that homeowners will use oil rubbed bronze and darker pulls and handles on cabinets and drawers as opposed to flashy and contemporary chrome accents. Other trends include rustic farmhouse tables, double porcelain sinks and natural stone counters.
It's hard to go anywhere today without seeing or hearing about green decorating trends, and those trends carry over into kitchens. Homeowners want products made from recycled materials and the chance to "go green" at home. Adding a recycling center is just one of the hottest trends for the kitchen.
Kitchens are the most energy hog of your home thanks to your refrigerator which is only second to your heating and air consumption. Then when you throw in all the other appliances, double ovens, dishwashers, trash compactors, microwaves and small appliances, you can see real quick where your kitchen can add a LOT to your energy bill. First start by removing all those energy gobbling appliances. Then if you are thinking of remodeling, consider researching and complying with green building standards, such as EPA's Energy Star or Department of Energy's Building America which are between 30% to 70% more efficient than the regular code. This will certainly help keep more that your hard earned money in your pocket.
Check out U.S. Green's Building Council's, "Green Home Guide". Remodeling your Kitchen, Why Go Green?
Designers also found that homeowners want counters and floors made from recycled or sustainable materials. Bamboo is a sustainable construction material that works well in flooring applications. Homeowners can also find counters made from old tires, soda bottles and other recycled goods.
Homeowners Want More Space
Ask anyone want they need in their homes, and the odds are good that many will say they need more space. Recessed lighting is one trendy accent that adds more space and reduces the number of fixtures and cords hanging down from the ceiling. Other ways to add more space include adding an island with storage to the center of the room and cutting down on the number of cabinets lining the walls. Center islands are big for use of entertaining, storage and grabbing that snack.
There are a number of trendy ways that you can renovate and change your kitchen. Going green, adding more space and bringing in traditional elements are just a few of those ways. Talk with a real estate agent about other changes you can make that will add value to your kitchen.
One of the biggest reason for some consumers to sell and purchase larger homes is more space. There is a lot more entertaining at home these days. If you are not sure what to do and considering whether to remodel your kitchen or sell and purchase larger, ask your Realtor. They will be able to guide you through those difficult questions and have options either way. If you don't have a Realtor, call me, Karen Rodriguez, Broker Associate with Integrity Group Realtors, I would be honored to help you come to the decision that is right for you and your needs. I have been in this industry for over 30 years including rehabbing properties myself.
If you are thinking of selling, call me for a FREE home evaluation in your neighborhood, from staging, pricing, housing values, interest rates, how appraisers are valuing properties, now that the guidelines have changed. I would love to sit down and talk with you. Just call me and let me know how I can help with your real estate needs, buying or selling. I give exclusively representation. If you are not sure whether you want to sell for fear of not finding that perfect larger home, click on the Search All Area Listings properties below and start searching the areas and see what is out there. I do have a list of contractors whether you decide to remodel or purchase a home that needs to be tweaked. I can supply you with a list of contractors. Call me!
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