By George DeMare, Vice President Development

As home improvement contractors gear up for the spring bounce of business, they’re asked constantly about the latest trends in home renovations.  Look no further than some of the hottest home design trends for 2018.

Accommodations for Multiple Generations

More and more Americans are living with extended family members. This year, homes will see fresh accommodations for multiple generations – basement living areas, added main floor bedrooms, and tiny guest houses – all with the goal of taking care of aging parents.

Additions and Alterations

More people are choosing to stay in their homes, meaning people will look to make major additions and alterations. Two of the hottest remodeling trends will be creating a “dream” kitchen and adding on to accommodate a growing family.

Wider Doorways and Hallways

More seniors are choosing to age in place, and that means they are coming up with practical solutions to everyday problems. Wider doorways and hallways can accommodate a wheelchair or scooter and pocket doors are a popular choice as they take up less room and may be easier to operate.

Brass Accents

Brass is making a comeback! The metal can bring some flair to an otherwise dull room.

 Heavy Cabinetry

Homeowners are no longer craving open shelving and have a renewed appreciation for heavy cabinets in their cooking and dining spaces.

 Storage Statement

Gone are the days for sacrificing style for function. There seems to be a growing desire for high-end organization in personal spaces along with a desire to feel tidy and pulled together.

Automatic Lighting

Automatic controls will be one of the biggest home design trends in lighting for 2018. Smart lighting control systems save on energy bills and can be customized depending on the time of year, time of day, and the user.

 Roof Decks

Not just for apartment buildings, roof decks are becoming a hot amenity for residential homes. They offer an alternative to the traditional deck or backyard patio.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters will surge in popularity as homeowners look to save on energy and money. These water heaters provide hot water only as it is needed at a rate of 2 to 5 gallons per minute and they are a space saver due to their size.

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