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Popular spring remodeling trends

Think energy-saving updates to your Santa Clarita Valley home

Posted: March 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Spring is around the corner and the latest home remodeling trends include energy-saving doors and windows, better bathrooms and "hot" kitchens.

 

It’s time to think spring, which means fresh home updates. Spring home improvement projects will help you update your home, add comfort and save more of your hard-earned paycheck.

“You can save time, money and stress by planning ahead,” says Kathy Krafka Harkema, Pella Windows and Doors expert. “Seek out expert advice, research product options and schedule home remodeling projects now, while you have the time to plan it and get on the schedule of contractors.”

A well-planned remodeling project can:

1. Add curb appeal to your home

2. Increase your home’s energy efficiency and help reduce energy costs

3. Improve your home’s comfort and style

4. Reduce annual maintenance time and expenses

Jumpstart your spring projects with inspiration from these 2013 remodeling trends:



Energy-saving

From low-volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and adhesives to more energy-efficient windows and furnaces, spring projects can help improve air quality and increase your comfort. Look for energy star-qualified products that help lower your home’s energy consumption, and in turn, your utility bills.



Better bathrooms

For many homeowners, sought-after remodeling projects for 2013 will include kitchen upgrades, bathroom remodels and master bedroom suite renovations.

Bathroom remodeling options can include heated bathroom flooring, custom tile and stonework, custom vanity and cabinetry, beautiful bathtubs, showers and fixtures, low-profile linear shower drains and big windows to let in more natural sunlight.

“Today’s bathroom and bedroom remodeling projects often incorporate relaxing technology and products,” Krafka Harkema says. “With energy-efficient replacement windows, you can create warm natural light-filled spaces while also maintaining your privacy and comfort.”

Energy-efficient wood windows and patio doors bring in the sunshine, and provide privacy with optional between-the-glass window fashions.

Between-the-glass blinds and shades also help reduce certain indoor airborne allergens from accumulating, improving indoor air quality.

Cordless window fashions also are safer for homes with children and pets.



Hot kitchens

Yahoo! Homes says 2013 kitchen remodeling trends focus on practical, durable and do-it-yourself projects like refacing kitchen cabinets, adding quartz composite countertops, hardwood-looking engineered floors, deep bowl kitchen sinks, commercial-style or built-in appliances and mixing colors and tones on cabinets.

— ARA Content

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