Remodeling is an excellent solution for modifying how your entire home functions. Complete overhaul or minor upgrade–remodeling can solve the challenges your home presents without requiring you to pick up and move.
So many people have started choosing to remodel as a way to truly make their home a representation of who they are and what their family needs. It’s no surprise that kitchen and bathroom renovations remain some of the most popular projects in home remodeling.
Kitchen plumbing trends
The kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where you gather with family for meals, homework, small talk, but it’s also where you create some of your fondest memories. Kitchens should be configured to support flow, communication and provide good sightlines to other living spaces. Plus, data from Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value Report 2016 indicates that minor to major kitchen remodels recoup at least 60% of their value and likely more.
Here are some of the latest kitchen plumbing trends worth considering for your remodel:
Touchless faucets—When it comes to home improvement, the general consensus it to make life easier with practicality and convenience. Hands-free faucets have gained popularity for this reason alone. Touchless faucets are extremely helpful for quick tasks, like filling pots for cooking or cleaning dishes, but they’re greener, cleaner and more water efficient too. Faucets with the EPA’s WaterSense label, like this one pictured from Moen, can reduce a sink’s water flow by 30% or more without sacrificing performance.
Single basin sinks—Kitchen sinks have come a long way since the double side-by-side that dominated the market for decades. Today you’ll find a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, as well as accompanying accessories like drying racks and cutting boards. We’ve found more homeowners are going for large, deep, single-basin sinks rather than double sinks to make room bulky items during food prep and clean up. Home Innovation reports indicate that installations of single-basins have increased to 20 percent.
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Anti-fingerprint finishes—Stainless steel is a mainstay in kitchens across the country, but homeowners are opting for finishes like bronze, nickel and chrome. Brushed options fit the bill when seeking low maintenance and durability. This trend is due primarily to the fact that these finishes are extremely easy to clean and maintain their shiny, sleek appearance while warding off fingerprints and water spots much better than stainless steel.
Bathroom plumbing trends
Whether it’s the heavily trafficked powder room, or the master bath you retreat to at the end of the day, bathrooms are both a commodity and luxury in your home. If you think about it, the bathroom is the only room in your home you must enter twice a day—to brush your teeth, of course! They’re also one of two rooms that really sells a home. The same report from Remodeling Magazine shows the value of a bathroom remodel hovering around 65 percent.
Here are some of the current trends in bathroom remodeling…
Shower fixtures—Steam showers, rain showers, handhelds and body sprays are all hot items for decking out your shower. However, latest technology is bringing some of the same conveniences you expect outside of the bathroom right into this private sanctuary. Fully loaded shower systems come packed with technology like water-saving features, pressure and temperature control as well as Bluetooth-enabled devices, so you can stream news and music in the shower.
Trough sinks—Double sinks aren’t going anywhere in master baths, but what’s gaining more traction is the appeal of a large trough sink. This basin style has been around for quite some time, and although vintage models are available, the current trend is an extra-long, under-mounted contemporary trough. With one large basin, and two sets of faucets, the trough sink is designed to accommodate multiple people at once, making it the perfect fit for not only master bathrooms, but family baths shared among multiple members of the household.
Warming luxuries—They’re not necessarily plumbing-related, but we must mention luxury amenities that keep you warm and toasty. Amenities like electric radiant flooring and towel warmers are your answer for staying comfortable in colder months! Nearly ¼ of NKBA members reported that heated luxuries like these were requested by homeowners undergoing bathroom remodels in 2015. An added bonus is that these features also help dry out moisture and humidity that lurks in our bathrooms.
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R.J. Tilley makes it easy to transform your kitchen or bath into what you never dreamt possible. Our proven remodeling process has turned skeptical first timer’s into believers that you really can get exactly what you want with the right approach and creative vision. Want to learn more about our process and see what’s trending in kitchen and bathroom remodeling? Visit our showroom to speak with one of our designers and let your creativity lead the way! For more information, contact R.J. Tilley today.