Design & Trends, Renovating

Remodelling Trends for 2011

Interior architecture and design is a continually evolving industry.  Technological advancements together with popular culture tend to set the stage for these new trends in the home design industry.  The goal is to incorporate those trends that have the staying power and that become the new lifestyle standard without ever appearing dated.

Whether you’re building a new home, renovating a charmer, or adding some extra space, homes are becoming smarter, smaller and simpler.  Easy maintenance, high quality materials and integral smart systems make for an easy transition for the changing family.

In many instances homeowners are adding some extra space in order to meet the needs of aging parents (or for themselves “aging in place”) and re-designing their home’s overall layout by incorporating subtle Universal Design principles. Creating more open and flexible floor plans with wider doorways, main floor master suites, and user-friendly kitchens and baths are becoming increasingly important to the Baby Boomers.

The current scene is definitely green.  You can go all the way and completely reduce your carbon footprint or simply introduce energy-efficient windows, lighting, appliances and tank-less water heaters in your home renovation project..  Keep in mind that the green scene is here to stay and eco-friendly homes are important to Baby Boomers and Gen Xers alike.

Written by: Interior Designer  Lori Gilder.

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