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Home improvement trends of 2015 to be aware of

January 7, 2015

The new year is here, which means people are putting together their resolutions, budgets and projects for the next 12 months. Naturally, there are going to be those people who plan home improvement projects either because they are tired of looking at those old kitchen cabinets or because they want to increase the value of their homes.

Modern appliances are attractive and energy-efficient.
If you are thinking of remodeling your home this year, you probably have a good idea of what you want to do. However, with the new year comes new trends. See what others are up to and what the market is responding to:

Bathrooms

Whether simply changing the tile or refitting a new vanity, it seems bathrooms are always a favorite of home remodeling. The trend this year is to not only redo but also expand the personal space. The focus seems to be less on gadgets and more on practicality and comfort. For example, turning a large tub into a spacious walk-in shower with benches is popular. In fact, the entire bathroom being transformed into more of a personalized spa room is being seen more and more.

Angie Hicks, co-founder of Angie's List, spoke with ABC about the benefits of a bathroom remodel and why it is such a great return on your investment even though it can be an expensive process.

“You're going to get probably 80 percent of your money back,” Hicks said. “But keep in mind, remodeling a bathroom is not a cheap project—where it used to be an average bathroom might have been around $15,000, now they're starting $20,000, as much as $50,000 for a master bathroom.”

Kitchens

The role of kitchens in the home has been expanding for some time now, as homeowners have a renewed focused on cooking from scratch and getting the entire family together to share home-cooked meals. Additionally, people use kitchens to entertain as well, which has not only required kitchens to be bigger but more open and clean as well. The ability to keep a kitchen neat is on many homeowners' minds.

When considering materials for your kitchen, stainless steel is still the way to go. While some complain about smudges that are so easy to leave on stainless steel, it has been popular for some time now because it is easy to wipe down and maintain. It is good looking, sturdy and also matches most modern appliances, many of which are stainless steel these days.

Also, large, deep sink bowls are very popular. They have more room for placing dishes or getting rid of clutter while cooking. They also make washing pots and pans much easier.

Green

With whatever you are choosing to remodel, making use of green materials and appliances is the way to go. Green materials, either those made locally or created from recycled materials, are increasingly popular, especially with new homebuyers. Additionally, green and energy-efficient appliances will save you money. Firstly, your bills will be lower because you will use fewer resources, such as electricity and water. Secondly, these appliances are new, which means they have up-to-date safety features that older appliances don't have. The more safety features you have in your home, the kinder your home insurance costs may be to your wallet.

As the economy continues its upward swing, now is a great time to consider updating your home with not only fashionable styles but energy-efficient appliances as well. The world is becoming more conscious about its resources, and doing your part will help you save in the long run, not to mention appeal to future homeowners.