Cool Trends for 2018 to Consider for Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling
If you are thinking about kitchen or bathroom remodeling this year, you are in good company. According to a Home Adviser survey of US homeowners, almost 40% are planning to do the same thing within 12 months.
Since this is usually a major undertaking, you probably want to have some idea of what the trends are for kitchen and bathroom remodeling. You don’t have to follow all of them, but one or two may be worth your consideration.
The “green” wagon
Environment or eco-friendly solutions in the kitchen and bathroom have been in style for quite a few years, and it shows no signs of abating. It makes perfect sense, really, as it does take everyone pitching in to get the environment back on track. It also translates to some real savings when you choose energy saving appliances and reclaimed materials for your build or renovation. However, you need to make sure you really are making the green choice and not just calling it. Find out if your new refrigerator or countertop has the proper stamps of approval from established eco-friendly certification agencies.
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Stainless steel cabinets
Stainless steel cabinets may seem like a strange idea to many homeowners, and it does not have the versatility of wood-type cabinets. However, it is trending for 2018, so if your kitchen or bathroom is ultra-modern, it might be a good choice for you. Note, however, that stainless steel cabinets are heavy and considerably more expensive than wood cabinets. You might want to consider the next trendiest materials of walnut, birch, and maple.
Reclaimed wood floors
Hardwood floors will always be popular, but reclaimed wood is enjoying some big attention from environment-conscious homeowners. The good news is reclaimed wood can still be hardwood, so you can satisfy both esthetic and social impulses. If you prefer something else for your kitchen or bathroom, you may want to consider natural stone, which is also trending quite well.
Engineered quartz countertops
Engineered quartz has been gaining on granite as the countertop material of choice for quite some time, and 2018 is when it finally becomes the trend leader. There is little to choose between engineered quartz countertops and granite countertops on all points, so you can take your pick based on personal preference. Concrete is also a current favorite, but that is probably a passing fancy considering its high cost and maintenance issues.
Metal finish for refrigerators
Refrigerators have run though the gamut of finishes, from porcelain to wood. However, most homeowners agree that a sleek, metal finish is the pick of the lot. It is functional, sophisticated, and versatile. A metal finish on a refrigerator goes with a traditional and modern kitchen equally well, so it is great choice for any kitchen upgrade in 2018, and probably beyond that. An interesting trend is pairing metal finished refrigerators with custom cabinets, but this may be beyond most homeowner’s budgets.
Gas burners are the practical choice for many homeowners because of the low cost of natural gas. However, concerns about accidental fires and gas leaks have made it a little less popular for some homeowners looking to update their kitchens.
The trend now is for induction cook tops, usually hobs built into new granite countertops or islands. The best thing about induction cookers is the no contact, no power feature. The typical induction cook top will shut off automatically if there is no contact with compatible cookware over a few seconds. Child safety locks, easy cleanup, and user-friendly interfaces are also great benefits.
Table as a kitchen island
A surprising trend leader in 2018 is using an ordinary table as an island. This makes sense from a cost and utility perspective, because you can repurpose any old table as a kitchen island, and you can move it away if it is in the way.
However, it does not make much of an esthetic statement, unless you top it with granite or engineered quartz. This may be the reason why a full island with cooking center is a close second in this category. In addition, the one thing most experts say you should have in a kitchen island is outlets, and that presupposes a fixed, full island.
These trends should give you some idea of what to do when it comes to decision time during a kitchen or bathroom remodel. What should remain constant at any time is a reliable contractor to help you with it. Fairfax Kitchen Bath is just the company for you if you live in the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured remodeling contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in fabricating countertops and backsplashes to specifications, and installing them within budget and on time.
We carry the products you need for your kitchen remodeling, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.
You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia that houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.
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