August is the perfect time for Maryland and Delaware homeowners to begin planning interior remodeling projects. The weather is beginning to cool, and most of the evening thunderstorms are subsiding. Hurricane season is coming to an end, and most building materials are becoming more affordable. Remodel your home before the holidays and enjoy showing it off when you’re entertaining family and friends this winter.
Some of the most popular home remodeling ideas for 2014 included the addition of U-Sockets, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, universal design, and basement integration. Today’s blog post is going to be all about fall remodeling projects that will allow you to entertain more effectively throughout the winter. Let’s get started!
The first thing I mentioned was U-Sockets, so I’ll start there. What is a U-Socket? It’s an electrical socket that looks pretty normal except for the fact that it has a couple of USB slots in it so people can more easily charge their electronic devices. How many times have your guests requested a spot to plug in their phone because the battery is getting low? I know it happens quite often in our house, and families with teens likely experience the same thing quite often.
Increase the space in your bathroom with one quick, easy, and trendy idea – open the shower area. The no-threshold shower is quickly gaining popularity in bathrooms of all shapes and sizes. These showers are simply open spaces in which to take your shower. The floor is usually slanted very slightly to effectively direct water to the drain instead of letting it freely flow throughout the bathroom floor.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and the hub of excitement when family and friends gather. It must fit the lifestyle of the family throughout all stages of life, which makes it the most-remodeled room in the home. 2014 kitchen remodeling trends include the addition of floating shelves over islands, cabinet reconstruction, and universal design ideas that allow the functionality of the kitchen to grow with the family.
Open the Floor Plan
Many homes built in the early to mid 2000s were built with a closed-in floor plan. The family room usually has one or two doors that lead to other rooms. The kitchen and dining room are usually open and easily accessible to each other, but the rest of the home tends to feel cut off by too many walls. Consider opening up the floor plan to increase air flow and traffic flow as well.
I’ve mentioned this a few times so far, so you may be asking yourself what I mean by that phrase. The overall idea is quite simple really: universal design adapts to the needs of the family. The kitchen sink, for example, would be more easily accessible to a child or an elderly person with mobility issues if it had a pull-down faucet. The bathroom, as another example, would be more easily accessible with grab bars and a comfort height toilet seat.
Universal design allows aging parents and grandparents to live independently well into their 80s or 90s, as long as their health permits of course. Many of our older family members and neighbors are living independently far into their golden years.
Local Remodeling Experts in Earleville, MD
Sundance Homes, LLC, in Earleville, MD services several counties in the coastal Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania area. We look forward to discussing your remodeling ideas and working with you to transform your home before the holidays hit. Remodel your primary entertaining areas this fall as a gift to your family and to increase the overall value of your home.