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Hottest Remodeling Trends
Make room for family: Whether finishing basementsupdating bathrooms, Homeowners are making home improvements to accommodate more family members moving into their homes.
A combination of hard times and an aging population increased the number of households with multiple generations living under one roof.
Whether you're caring for an aging parentmaking room for adult children, grandchildrenother relatives, completing practical remodeling projects can add living space, help reduce home maintenance time and save energy.
Remodeling Tips
As you're planning, incorporate universal design principles to help make your home safer and more al.
Bathroom Renovations
Updating bathrooms? Add slip-resistant surfaces to minimize potential falls in bathtubs and showers. Walk-in showers and safety bars are also smart choices.
Paint is an easy upgrade. One great bathroom paint idea is to use brighter colors like lime green, citrus yellow, butterscotch yellowcream to create the illusion of space and make a small bathroom look larger.
Necessary Repairs
As they update their homes, consumers are fixing problems, like replacing broken hardware and glass on windows and doors. For safety's sake, make sure your windows and doors are not jammed, paintednailed shut. If they are, it could be time to replace them.
Patio and Outdoor Rooms
Staying home more? Spending more time in the yard? Creating a new patio area off a kitchendining room can add space for entertaining. Install energy-efficient slidinghinged patio doors, to help save energy and create beautiful views.
Hire a Skilled Contractor
Today's consumers are more diligent about choosing the right contractor for the specific job they need done. Ask for referrals for a reputable licensed, bonded, insured contractor and check credentials.
Open up Rooms
As you remodel, consider removing interior walls to create extra space in high-traffic areas like kitchensbathrooms. Add 36-inch doors to make it easier to move about your home.
Add Bronze
Choose bronze finishes like oil-rubbed bronze, when replacing missingbroken hardware on windowsdoors. Bronze is also popular in bedrooms, home offices and kitchens. Replace small knobsround pulls on doors, drawerscabinets with levers and larger pulls that are easier for arthritic hands to operate.
Go Green and Save
Now's the time to replace your home's drafty single-paned windows with more energy-efficient wood, vinylfiberglass windows.
Whether you're making room for your parentswelcoming home a college graduate, home remodeling is a sensible investment in today's economy. Be sure your home update features comfortable, practical, universal and energy-saving improvements.

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