2017 Home Improvement Trends
The Home Improvement industry has made several yet subtle changes in the past couple of years. Check out the latest trends today!
According to Consumer Reports, 1,226,000 new homes have been built last since 2007. A team of Consumer Reports home editors and market analysts came together to provide a list of trend to look out for in 2017.
- Indoor Gardening Goes High-Tech—and High-End
Research has shown that a third of homeowners report leading a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation, from eating more fruits and vegetables to preparing more meals at home. That's creating a market for products that help homeowners grow fresh produce in the kitchen. Exhibit A: the Urban Cultivator (pictured), a climate-controlled, irrigated indoor garden that’s about the size of an undercabinet wine chiller.
- Homes Are Getting Smaller but Fancier
For the first time since 2009, the average size of new homes built in 2016 went down from the prior year, to 2,634 square feet, according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Instead of sprawling McMansions with sky-high operating costs, look for smaller, more livable homes with flexible floor plans, energy-efficient appliances, and plenty of storage space.
- Self-Cleaning Toilets
The toilet’s "Actilight Cleansing Technology" starts by premisting the bowl before each use, minimizing waste adherence (or “sticktion,” to use the industry term). After each flush, the bowl is spritzed with electrolyzed water, which has a slightly acidic pH value, supposedly keeping the bowl fresh and clean longer. There’s also an integrated UV light in the seat that Toto says will accelerate the decomposition of inorganic substances in the bowl. The latest Veil Intelligent Wall-Hung Toilet from Kohler also uses UV light and an electrolyzed water system to sanitize the bowl’s surfaces.
- Matte Finishes Make Their Move
Polished granite, sparkling chrome, and gleaming sleek stainless have been the favorite finishes for years, if not decades. But the pendulum is swinging in a big way toward matte finishes, which designers like for their warmth and elegance. Black stainless steel was the most pervasive example at the 2017 show. Though the finish has been available at the higher end for a couple of years, it's now being pushed across all appliance lines by just about every major manufacturer.
- Mix & Match Appliances
Kitchen appliances are becoming more modular, allowing homeowners to mix and match their placement in new and potentially helpful ways. Dacor introduced its Heritage Collection of column refrigerators and freezers, which also offers several smart technologies, including built-in cameras that let you check the contents from the grocery store or other remote location. (Dacor was recently bought by Samsung, whose Family Hub refrigerator was the first to offer camera technology.) GE Appliance's new Monogram Columns, available in October 2017, promise similar mix-and-match flexibility, along with a pretty cool “autofill pitcher,” which automatically refills cold, filtered water when you insert it into the dock located inside the fridge.
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Source and Credit: Consumer Reports