In the last few years, what homeowners want most in a home has changed. Priorities have shifted focus from large and fancy to space conscious, environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Instead of buying or building a brand-new home, more families are opting to remodel. And when they do, they’re finding that with a bit of attention to detail, they can redesign and create the home of their dreams.
It's all in the DETAILS
A focus on eco-friendly materials and low-maintenance materials
Homeowners are choosing high quality, long-lasting materials and products that have a positive impact on the environment. Because of this, manufacturers of home building materials have had to redefine how they use words like recycled, durability and sustainability to describe their products. Many are also proud to achieve and display eco-friendly, “green” and energy efficient certifications.
Today, it’s easier than ever to get a low-maintenance, energy efficient home without sacrificing style or distinction. For instance, cladding like stone veneer and vinyl siding offers an energy efficient, affordable, easy to install, realistic alternative to high-maintenance natural stone or wood siding. Likewise, PVC trim looks and feels like wood, without the need to paint or deal with wood rot, warping or insects.
Creativity with color
Changing your home’s exterior color palate can give your home a unique look that reflects your personal style. You can use color to contrast, minimize or emphasize certain architectural features, such as windows, doors, railings, shutters and trim. Color also works well when recreating a specific period look — Victorian homes tend to feature multiple, complimentary colors to highlight intricate details or arcs and angles.
Go ahead, be bold and vibrant or subtle and soft – express your personality with color and add curb appeal to your home and neighborhood.
Every homeowner has their own style, as well as the desire to make a tasteful and personal statement with their home. Many factors can influence the style of a home, including region, economic conditions, cultural heritage and more. Just consider the architectural differences between an Arizona adobe, a California beachfront bungalow, a Southern colonial and a classic Midwestern ranch.
In recent years, builders and architects have reported a shift towards classic, architecturally accurate home design. Popular styles include Victorian, French country, Prairie and Craftsman. And each has its own distinctive features:
- Craftsman-style and Prairie homes typically boast large, deep porches supported by bold square pillars
- Victorians are rich in flair and ornamentation
- French Country designs can include stucco, tile roofs, gables and porches
Originally designed for maximum square footage, these styles are returning more sustainable and eco-friendly footprints. To accommodate the demand for timeless styles with an eco-friendly twist, manufacturers have stepped up and continue to impress builders, architects and homeowners with their innovative and authentic-looking products.
A higher level of design
The popularity of traditional architecturally authentic styles have placed design features such as stone, shutters, authentic window style, columns and moldings in high demand. These character-enhancing details add curb appeal and, thanks to engineering advancements, are now available in a variety of affordable, durable, low-maintenance and eco-friendly materials. It’s never been easier to make your home a tough performer that’s also a stand-out in the neighborhood.
Keep your surroundings in mind
Once you know what you like, don’t forget to consider your neighborhood and regional conditions before you start your project. It is important to maintain a balance between your own personal exterior style and that of your surroundings to ensure your improvements increase the value of your home.