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The Top 5 Home Remodeling Articles for 2016

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 27, 2016

If you missed some of our home remodeling articles during the year, now is your chance to catch up.

Here are the top five most read articles for 2016:

# 5 – Our Picks for the Best Kitchen Design Trends for 2016

Our picks for this year’s best kitchen design trends were based on two factors: 1) what we were seeing across the home remodeling industry; and 2) what Central New York homeowners were asking for in their kitchen remodeling projects.

In this article we discuss our top six selections for 2016 kitchen design trends:

  1. Transitional-style Cabinetry
  2. Quartz Counter Surfaces
  3. The New Laminate Counter Surfaces
  4. Pullout Pantry Storage
  5. Luxury Vinyl Flooring
  6. Universal Design Features

kitchen with shaker style cabinets

The look of Shaker-style cabinets is an enduring trend. Painted cabinets were combined with wood stained cabinets to create a classic look in this kitchen.

# 4 – Slip-Resistant Bathroom Flooring and Shower Base Options

Slips and falls are the leading cause of injuries at home and often occur in a bathroom.

While no floor or shower base is “slip-proof,” floors and shower bases with texture can be “slip-resistant.”

There are many slip-resistant products available for floors and shower interiors in a variety of textures, colors and surfaces including luxury vinyl flooring, solid surface bases and tile.

In this article, we discuss three options for slip-resistant bathroom flooring and three options for slip-resistant shower bases:

Slip-resistant Bathroom Flooring Options

  1. Luxury Vinyl Flooring
  2. Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Flooring
  3. Mosaic Tile Flooring

Moroccan inspired master bathroom

The master bathroom in this home has a colorful mosaic tile floor and wall border, a claw-foot tub painted red on the exterior, black granite vanity surfaces, a custom portal window, and a doorless walk-in shower with dramatic purple tile.

Slip-resistant Shower Base Options

  1. Custom Tile Shower Bases
  2. Custom Fabricated Shower Bases
  3. Standard Manufactured Shower Bases

Walk-in Shower with Onyx Custom Shower Base

This doorless walk-in shower features a custom solid surface Onyx shower base, which was fabricated to fit the available space.

# 3 – Our Picks for the Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2016

Bathroom design trends are influenced by the introduction of new products and features and the changing preferences of homeowners and professional designers.

In this article we talk about our top ten selections for best bathroom design trends in 2016:

  1. Walk-in Showers with Upgrades
  2. Strategic Storage
  3. Universal Design Features (check out our Homeowner’s Guide)
  4. Water Saving Fixtures
  5. Multiple Showerheads
  6. Tile in Neutral Colors
  7. Undermount Sinks
  8. Integrated Tubs and Showers
  9. Privacy Walls
  10. A Walk-in Closet Off a Master Bathroom

master bath with custom storage

A custom storage tower and a base cabinet with drawers expand the storage area of a double vanity in this master bathroom. Note the custom doorless walk-in shower to the right.

# 2 – Four Tips for Your First Meeting with a Design-Build Remodeling Contractor

Our second most popular home remodeling article for 2016 is one that we wrote to help homeowners know what to expect when meeting with a remodeler. After all, it’s not every day that a homeowner decides to remodel a kitchen or bathroom or build an addition.

This article helps take some of the mystery out of the remodeling process and provides several valuable resources about how to plan and start various types of remodeling projects.

The article offers four tips to help homeowners prepare for their first meeting with a remodeling contractor:

  1. Be prepared to discuss your needs.
  2. Share ideas and information you have collected.
  3. Be prepared to discuss your budget.
  4. Ask questions.  

Design-Build customer meeting

The initial meeting with clients is very important because it allows us to understand the clients’ needs and expectations and it helps them get to know us and learn about our design-build remodeling process.

# 1 – The Hottest Interior Room Colors for 2016

Our most popular article this year was about our selections for interior room colors. We have been writing about the hottest colors since 2012 and each article is a perennial favorite among our readers.

In this article we identify specific paint colors that were our top picks for the hottest interior room colors of 2016, which include:

  1. Whites, which accentuate architectural details and unify rooms when used on walls, trims and ceilings.
  2. Neutrals, which include off-white, gray and beige colors.
  3. Blues, which remain ever popular.
  4. Greens and Yellows, colors that people seem to like a lot but find somewhat difficult to select because of undertones.

master bedroom remodel

“Cloudy Gray” was used on the ceiling and “Balboa Mist” on the walls of this master bedroom. Both are neutral colors. “Simply White” was used for the doors and trims. Paint colors are Benjamin Moore.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Kitchen Design, Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors