DC Remodeler lists top home trends for 2011
August 15, 2011 | 5:40 pm CDT
BETHESDA, MD -- Case Design/Remodeling Inc. recently unveiled its list top eight trends in home design and remodeling for 2011 based on emerging industry developments and customer requests.

The list, compiled by Bill Millholland, a veteran remodeler and Case’s Executive vice president, includes items for popular remodeling targets such as bathrooms and kitchens, as well as updates for home exteriors, living spaces and lighting fixtures.

Case’s top eight home design and remodeling trends for 2011 include:
* Multiple finishes on kitchen cabinetry – Complimentary multiple stains and a mix of painted and stained finishes on cabinetry enables homeowners to escape the look and feel of a “cookie cutter” kitchen where all surfaces match.

* “Furniture-like” detailing in kitchens – Varied cabinet and counter heights, distressed finishes and furniture-style toe kicks provide visual interest and help eliminate the “component” look of many kitchen cabinet designs.

* Kitchen cabinet accessories – With drawer inserts for cutlery, spices or dividers, homeowners are making better use of every available space within their kitchens.

* Heated bathroom flooring – Heated mats underneath bathroom flooring tiles provide radiant heat that is proven to keep homeowners warmer than forced-air heating systems, helping to save on energy costs.

* Large format bathroom tiles – Smaller square tiles are being replaced with tiles measuring 12-inch x 12-inch or larger, as well as non-square shapes (12-inch x 18-inc), producing flooring and walls that showcase more tile and fewer grout lines.

* LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) lighting – Homeowners are moving away from incandescent fixtures toward more energy-efficient choices such as LED and CFL bulbs.

* High-quality synthetic materials for home exteriors – Synthetic materials such as plank siding and PVC trim pieces mimic the look of natural materials like wood, but are more durable and better able to withstand climate changes.

* Screened porches – Homeowners are extending their living areas with screened porches that allow them to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year without the nuisance of insects.

Read Case Design/Remodeling's press release.

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