Shortage of Homes Inspiring Remodeling Trends

A shortage of livable homes and apartment units has caused and inspiration in the real estate world. More and more people are moving towards remodeling trends that mean they stay in the same home or they find a home that has solid foundation with a low price. These two trends have been growing in popularity since 2009 and have finally reached a pinnacle in 2013. If you are finding housing at a premium or if you can’t seem to find a home that fits your needs, here are some remodeling trends that may help you.

Recreating the Home


Some homes, especially older homes, have seen many changes. Rooms have been added, closed off, and expanded. There have been wiring projects and plumbing projects. There have also been several roofing and flooring projects done to many homes. In fact, for several years there was a trend to purchase old homes and convert them to apartments. This conversion meant several remodeling projects that may have ruined the original appeal of the home. Instead of overlooking these homes or overlooking what your home used to be, consider recreating the home. Find out what was traditional for the home at the time and bring back its original look through remodeling projects.

Vintage Open Spaces


Open spaces and large rooms are a huge trend in remodeling. Homeowners are now seeing the appeal of opening up spaces to allow natural light to flow through. They are also seeing the appeal of homes that had cross ventilation which, during certain months of the year, would cut down on the actual use of electric heating and cooling. These open spaces were not plain either. The artwork, molding, and textured walls brought in an art of their own. These are techniques that can be used in your own home that stick with the current trend while giving your home a whole new look.

Texture and Contrast


Texture and contrast have always been part of remodeling techniques. However, in recent years there has been an upswing on the popularity of the technique. A current trend is to add texture to all aspects of the home. You can create a suede finish on the walls with certain paint techniques or you can add texture with stucco looks. You can create texture and contrast with colors and with hanging and free standing art work. Molding and wallpaper can also bring on texture and contrast. If you want a dramatic change, consider using vintage wallpaper in a room.

These are just a few of the trends many people are using in their own homes. The shortage of homes may mean bad news for the real estate, but for homeowners it means a resurgence for the home they originally loved and bringing back that love. It may take some time, but if you stick with the trends, find what you like about the home and capitalize on it, you will be able to find a whole new outlook in the home you have been in for years.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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