You can’t say we have returned to the times when housing was booming, but with 1,226,000 homes built in the last year, we're not far from it. With Americans projected to collectively offload over $300 billion in home improvements over the next year the housing industry is currently looking pretty good.
So what are homeowners getting into this year as far as home improvements go? Here are a few favorite trends that tipped to being routinely installed this year.
Smart home technology is the latest in home improvement industry trends. The projection is that 33% of houses will get connected with at least one smart device, if they haven't done so, with home security topping the list. The rise of voice activated technology is also leading the charge to make smarter homes more desirable.
Big homes are on the down swing as more people are choosing less square feet for their living space, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This new trend means a home modeler contractor needs to get more creative with their floor plans while still fitting in lots of storage space and energy efficient appliances. New construction homes of 2017 are smaller than those seen in the past.
Matte finishes are taking over from the more sparkly finishes such as chrome and sparkly granite. Black stainless steel is now the favorite finish of choice. Matte is big in the kitchen, but it's also filtering down to smaller appliances and other areas of the house such as bathroom faucets.
Even toilets are getting the treatment these days. Why settle for the standard porcelain throne you have to clean yourself when you can get one of the newer models that clean themselves. Toto's Neorest 750H toilet has "Actilight cleansing technology" which treats the bowl with a mist before each use with the aim of preventing sticking waste. There's also a built-in UV light that supposedly accelerates decomposition of inorganic substances.
There's a lot to get excited about in home improvement this year, so if your goal is to live cleaner and better, then this is the year to start your remodeling plans.
Learn more about Aspen Construction and the variety of home construction upgrades they provide including: new construction, home additions, bathroom remodeling, kitchen renovations, and finished basements at www.aspencoinc.com. To contact one of our home construction specialists call 517.404.2176 today.