Specific remodeling trends are becoming clear for SCD clients and the folks who call or we met at the Phily Home + Garden Show — and they may not be the ones predicted by the shelter magazines, newspaper columnists, or bloggers. See if what we’re hearing about is on your renovation wish list.

Kitchens in Color

When working with our clients to determine the ultimate designs for their projects, we have them create “Idea Books” for us on Houzz. And dream kitchens are drifting away from the all-white palette that’s held sway for a few years. Dark blue cabinetry and islands with lighter toned cabinets are especially filling the idea books. Two of ourkitchens last year had similar color schemes, and have proved a popular starting point for other clients.



Death to the Jetted Tub

You know, the tubs that were installed 20-25 years ago, tiled into a corner, and promised the retreat of a spa that in reality were used maybe three times. We’ve fielded a lot of calls in the last two months from people who want to redo their master baths. First thing on the wish list is eliminating the space-hogging tub.



For those who still want a tub, most choose a free-standing tub, whether sleek and sculptural or a new interpretation of the old claw-foot foot tub.


More often, though, the newly freed space is given over to a spacious shower enclosed by glass doors or shields —  either all glass or glass built into tiled half-walls. We’re also asked more often about zero-entry, or curbless, showers. They offer a clean design and plenty of room.


That lack of a curb also allows for easy entry and exit, for those with balance issues or who need a mobility aid like a walker.

It leads into our next trend, as homeowners look ahead.


Aging in Style

Along with accessible baths, we’re hearing from clients opting for higher toe-kicks in their kitchen cabinets or bath vanities — allowing a wheelchair user to get closer to a countertop or sink.

In that same vein, interest in first-floor master suites is growing — we’re in the process of builidng additions for two clients to create master bedroom suites on their main living floors. Common reasons for the move include:

  • Parents of older kids want a retreat a floor away from the children’s bedrooms
  • Empty-nesters love the convenience of one-floor living — and zoned heating and cooling cuts energy costs when the upstairs in unoccupied
  • Those with arthritic knees and hips, or back and neck problems, are keen to avoid stairs

Planning for aging in place is growing, and it doesn’t mean sacrificing style while adapting for changing needs.


Mudrooms, Mudrooms, Mudrooms

Mudrooms — as part of a larger remodeling project or as a project all to themselves — continue their popularity, especially for active families. They make so much sense, coralling boots and parkas in cold weather, and sneakers, cleats, and gear in the warmer months. We’ve built in dog bowls, pet-food storage, and leash hooks in mudrooms too.



What do you want to remodel this year?

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