It always seems that at this time of year we’re inundated with lists of what’s in and what’s out for remodeling. Home décor and design idea websites are filled with trends for the coming year and mapping out the hottest new types of remodeling projects, materials, and finishes. It’s all a lot of fun. But if you’re planning to update your home this year, remodeling trends aren’t really all that useful.

What do remodeling trends say you “should” be selecting this year?

Brushed nickel or polished chrome bathroom fixtures? Granite or quartz kitchen countertops? Glass or ceramic tiles?

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Following “the fashion” isn’t good for your ROI

Whether it’s clothing design or remodeling trends, you know that what’s in fashion is always changing. It can be fun to follow fashion by adding trendy touches to your home decorating, but trying to plan a remodeling project based on all the latest trends isn’t a good investment. Plus, you can end up with a home that’s got all the latest style, but lacks lasting satisfaction.

That’s why we think the #1 remodeling trend for 2017 is having a clear idea of your own unique wish list plus what you need to change about your existing home – the flow and features to make your home a better fit for your lifestyle, more comfortable for your family, and more welcoming for your guests. This is what remodeling should be all about.

Creating a home that’s you

Start with an honest look at how you live and what you love. For example, if you’re wildly busy, should high-maintenance – but stylish – choices like concrete countertops even be on your radar? If you’d like to stay in your home for many years to come, should Universal Design concepts be integrated into the design? If you really don’t like white cabinets, shouldn’t you go with another finish color, one that lifts your spirits each time you walk into the kitchen?

Then, once you’re clear about what’s important for your lifestyle, go ahead and start exploring the colors, products, floor plans and finishes that will enhance that for you.

And good news – this is the perfect time of year to begin – because those lists of ideas are everywhere! Once you’ve finished your initial Pinterest browsing and Google searches, call us and share your reactions to all you’ve seen. This is a great starting point for planning an “top-to-bottom” remodel in 2017 that will continue to delight you no matter how remodeling trends come and go.

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