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Remodeling design breakthroughs.

Remodeling design breakthroughs.

May 6, 2017 at 11:43 am / by

San Francisco Bay Area homeowners live in a design bubble. And, that’s a good thing! We are better informed on design aesthetics, the latest and greatest fixtures, findings, and materials, home-centric technology, and “lifestyle lifts”.

The kitchen/whole house remodel, pictured above, is a perfect example of a remodeling design breakthrough (built by Beckner Contracting). An Eichler repurposed and modernized to meet the twenty-first century requirements of a design and tech-savvy millennial family of four.

Forbes’ article, Top 10 Home Design Trends sheds light on remodeling trends that are catching our attention and catching on:

1. Satin brass. Brass finishes have been making a comeback in recent years, cherished for their ability to bring shiny golden tones to a space without the high price tag. Designers have been turning away from the reflective finish of polished brass and embracing satin or brushed brass, which is more muted and warm.

2. Voice-activated assistants. There’s been a lot of talk about voice assistants in the home…Amazon’s Alexa acts as a voice-activated interface for many smart home devices. Google Home’s voice assistant launched about a month ago.

3. Vanity conversions. If you’re having trouble finding the right pre-manufactured vanity for your home, try thinking outside the cabinet box. Many savvy homeowners are finding chests of drawers, old file cabinets, vintage consoles and more, and converting them into one-of-a-kind vanities.

4. Hardworking kitchen storage walls. In search of more open space, many homeowners and designers are doing away with expanses of upper cabinets and pushing all that storage onto a single hardworking wall. This one-stop hub frees up the rest of the space to create a breezy look.

5. White with off-white. There’s just something refreshing about a room bathed in white. But when done in one stark white tone, things can start to feel clinical. Balancing a white palette with creamy off-whites and natural linen hues creates a breathtaking look that can be rich with character. The project highlighted in the photograph above, and one of our recent kitchen/great room remodels., does just that.

6. Greenery. Pantone’s verdant color of the year for 2017, Greenery, seems to be an instant hit for those looking for a revitalizing, back-to-nature hue that brings zest while still managing to work with warm wood tones.

7. Splurging on laundry rooms. Everyone knows that kitchens and bathrooms get the big remodeling dollars, but many homeowners are seeing value in making every space look great. And laundry rooms in particular are seeing more love. Design tricks to bring in more light, smarter storage and better function resonate with homeowners who realize that since they spend a lot of time doing laundry, why not do it in a space that makes them feel good?

8. Splurging on entryways. The entry, like a powder room, is a compact place where you can have fun with design without blowing a budget. Homeowners making over their entryways, according to the 2016 Houzz & Home Report.

9. Outdoor-feeling indoor showers. An outdoor shower is highly desirable but not practical year-round in most areas of the country. To get around the weather dilemma, designers and homeowners are looking to intimate courtyards and strategic site placement to create bathrooms that connect deeply to the outdoors while still maintaining privacy.

10. Counter-depth fridges. For small to modest-size kitchens, remodeling is often a game of inches. Counter-depth refrigerators sit flush with adjacent cabinetry and countertops, freeing up just a bit more space while creating a streamlined look.

See our portfolio for more ideas!