- On July 31, 2015
Charleston Architectural lighting places the spotlight on the latest designs.
Now is the perfect time to begin the next exciting remodeling project before the seasons change. Consider adding extra entertainment space or create an open floor plan. A modern look with quality materials can go a long way to increase property value. Giving your home a needed facelift can improve energy efficiency and make daily life much more enjoyable. Big or small, the options to customize are endless. The main focus this year is based around the technological options as well as sleek, sophisticated designs.
Here are some modern home remodeling trends buyers are looking for!
Open kitchen/dining area
Big, open kitchens and dining rooms are becoming more and more popular. These areas are fully encompassing spaces often including the living room. The floorplans are open and airy, allowing for multipurpose use of the rooms. For the kitchen itself, dark hardwood or engineered wood is in with quartz as the go to material for countertops.
Homeowners are putting more emphasis on the outdoor living area. With the addition of fire pits, outdoor kitchens and fully loaded entertainment areas, the backyard is becoming an extension of the home. Durable materials are now used to make furniture and accessories more versatile for indoor and outdoor use.
A popular project this year is creating the dream master bathroom. Focus on a contemporary, upscale feel with modern technology upgrades. This includes heated floors, heated towel racks, dual sinks and extra cabinet space. Trending this season is the all glass shower. This opens up the room while providing a polished design.
It has been estimated that nearly 50% of all remodeling projects in the next year will incorporate some form of “smart” technology. Automatic heating and cooling, lighting and security systems can now all be remotely operated.
Designers are looking to incorporate more vintage materials, such as reclaimed wood, older brick and classic glass pieces. Also, increased energy efficiency ratings are highly coveted right now. This can be achieved by finding and sealing any air leaks, updating windows, changing air filters and installing an energy conscience thermostat. Consider switching to LED bulbs to considerably save on cost and usage.
Retrofit with LED
It is easy to see why LEDs are taking over the lighting industry. With energy savings of 95% and a lifespan of up to 40,000 hours, light emitting diodes are revolutionizing the way people light the world. This is especially important when it comes to outdoor lighting. With the highest quality illumination and unmatched durability, this makes LEDs the perfect option when installing a new system. In addition, most current fixture can we retrofitted and replaced with updated bulbs to keep wattage low and maintenance costs down. A professionally designed lighting plan can truly transform the look and feel of your home. The subtle ambience creates a warm inviting glow with showing off the depth and texture of the architecture. Not to mention the added security and curb appeal that comes with an outdoor lighting system.
The time is here! NiteLites is excited to hold their bi-annual LED conference, which is being held in the historic city of Charleston. The gathering is a great opportunity to learn about the breaking news and advancements in LED. There will also be valuable discussions on the market and the outdoor lighting industry.
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