Case Design/Remodeling Unveils Top 8 Remodeling Trends



BETHESDA, Md. — Dec. 17, 2010 — (BUSINESS
Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., a D.C. Metro area home improvement
company, lists 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.


Following are Case’s top eight
home design and remodeling trends for 2011.


•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 Hardie Plank siding and PVC trim
pieces mimic the look of natural materials like wood, but are much more durable
and better able to withstand climate changes.

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

•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.

•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.

•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.

•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

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


“The remodeling industry is
poised for substantive growth in 2011 due to the number of options available to
homeowners wanting to revive their living spaces,” Millholland said.

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