home improvement trends 2013Wondering what everyone else is doing for their home remodeling projects? Like in every other year, 2013 is filled with trends for home improvements. Whether you’re looking to renovate your kitchen, bathroom or entire house, you can find ideas with the following 2013 home improvement trends.

Color is Thriving in 2013

Having bland looking exteriors that lack color is so 1900s. In 2013, we are seeing more people become bolder with the colors used for the exterior of their homes. This includes repainting their roofing and siding. Adding color to the outside of your home can help to raise the property’s value and it gives it curb appeal – things that are much-needed when you’re trying to sell your home. Just make sure to choose a color for your roof and siding that blends well together. If you have an older model home, you can go with lighter colors instead of dark, to help with energy efficiency. Light roofs make your home cooler in the summertime.

Improving Functionality

Another 2013 home remodeling trend is improving the functionality of properties. This means making things easier and more accessible on part of the homeowner/dweller. This would include installing wheelchair ramps, wheelchair-accessible doorways, lowering cabinets and light switches, etc. People who are doing this already are aged or are planning to take care of their aging loved ones. You can even do it just to be prepared for your future when you’re unable to get around like you once did. Installing rails on stairs and in showers can do the trick.

Becoming Eco-Friendly

It’s all about being green these days in 2013, so becoming eco-friendly is at the top of the list for many homeowners. Not only does it help the environment, but it allows you to save money in the long run if you choose the right projects. For instance, you can add more insulation, seal up cracks and openings in the roof, walls and floors or even install an EnergyStar compliant appliance, like heaters, AC units, refrigerators, stoves and so on. If you’re planning to redo your kitchen and bathroom, consider using materials that are environmentally friendly like wood and natural stones.

Upgrading to Maintenance-Free Materials

Keeping your house well-maintained is important for having good curb appeal. The exterior of the home will have to be pressure-washed and even repainted every now and then. In 2013, more homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes maintenance-free. This can be done by using materials that don’t get dirty or chipped easily, such as fiber cement and vinyl as a siding, tiles for your roof and composite decking for your patio. Artificial grass and permanent exterior coatings can also lower the amount of maintenance that’s usually needed regularly.

Need help with your 2013 home improvement projects? Contact the licensed contractors at CA Green Remodeling today!

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