renovation trends 2016

2016 TRENDS IN RENOVATIONS

KITCHENS

Tactile surfaces are a design trend that is more popular with wood grain look bench tops back in fashion. Silent range hoods with motors installed outside the building are being utilised so the kitchen can be enjoyed in peace and quiet.

Ceiling down lights seem to be a thing of the past. The strategic use of pendant lighting where interesting materials are highlighted, such as, metallic, coloured glass or matte ceramic is hitting the scene. Lighting underneath overhead cabinetry, inside the pantry or any other task lighting is gaining popularity.

Pull out cabinetry for pantry items, dinner sets and pots and pans. Plate warmers and espresso machines are often installed. Dishwashers, fridges and microwaves can be discretely disguised with cabinet facades.

Butlers pantries, two ovens, wine cellars or dedicated wine fridge, built in steamers and ice-makers.

Bigger bench tops that double up as island bench tops for serving food or can replace a dining table

Concealed docking stations for smartphones, iPads and iPods and in-bench power points make life easy.

Snazzy splashbacks are now an essential design element of home renovations. Glass splashbacks can now display all of your home security, a TV screen and the internet. Subway tiles are still on trend as are natural stone splashbacks.

BATHROOMS

Timber has emerged as the new trend in vanities and cupboards. Stone and rock on bathtubs and sinks.
Standalone bath tubs are a hot trend and built in bathtubs have fallen down the ranking in popularity.
Large tiles instead of smaller mosaics
Smart storage with all drawers vanity unit as opposed to having doors under the basin. Mirrored or wall cabinets above the vanity allow for easy access to items stoes and required on a regular bais.

ADDING PET AMENITIES

Dog showers, storage space and feeding stations.

WINDOWS

Double glazing is a very popular option helping to reduce heating and cooling problems. Look also to draught proof your home as well.

WARDROBES

Utilising storage capacity within a wardrobe is to build the wardrobe to the ceiling thus providing you wish a shelf above the hanging rail for the storage of large items such as suitcases. Incorporate both single and double hanging rails allows more efficient use of the storage of dresses, pants, shirts and shirts.

INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING

Indoor to outdoor architecture is also becoming increasingly popular. Living areas now open up to an enclosed patio or decking, making a seamless connection between the outside and the in. Big floor to ceiling windows instead of walls can provide unobstructed views to the outside while still separating the living spaces from the garden areas.

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