The design firm Neil Kelly has predicted that throughout 2014, will see people interested in living in smaller spaces that are closer to urban downtowns rather than larger houses in the suburbs.
Certainly this mirrors what we’re seeing through the MetroWest area of Massachusetts: families want to live comfortable, functional homes within commuting distance of Boston. Property prices being what they are, families find that the homes available on the marketplace may be smaller than would be preferred. Kitchens in particular can be undersized, leaving the Framingham homeowner with two options: remodel the existing kitchen or have a new addition built.
Remodeling trends that will maximize the enjoyment and utility you get out of your Framingham kitchen include floating shelves for additional storage, particularly of odd-shaped appliances, cookbooks, or decorative elements. Cabinetry made of sustainable materials, such as bamboo, is another strong trend: search for a provider who marries innovative design elements that make your life easier, such as dishwashers in a drawer, with the surface choices of the moment.
Other space saving kitchen remodeling trends include having your Framingham building contractor install a cook-top in an island. People are spending more and more of their lives connected to the internet: in addition to smart appliances – imagine a refrigerator that can make your grocery list for you! – look for u-socket wall plugs which replace a traditional outlet with two usb-charging stations.
As you investigate having your Framingham kitchen remodeled, you’re sure to discover that there’s a lot of emphasis on kitchen design that works well for people of all ages. Sometimes called multi-generational design or universal design, this approach to kitchen fixtures, cabinetry, and lighting takes into account the fact that very few of us are getting younger every day. Having easy to use features built in now means you’ll still be enjoying your kitchen twenty or thirty years from now!
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