Once you’ve finished your remodel, it’s too late to rethink all of those decisions. Avoid the “shoulda, woulda, coulda” game by knowing ahead of time about all of the new options available in remodeling today. The team at NARI Kansas City has put together this list of luxury touches that are becoming popular in remodeling. Check it out and see if there are any you just can’t live without. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most popular remodel choices, so we’ll focus on those two rooms.
Luxury Touches for the Kitchen
From technology to lighting to appliances, the modern kitchen can incorporate as many luxury features as your budget can afford. Here are some you’ll want to consider.
Granite and Quartz Countertops
Granite is still a great option for kitchen countertops, but quartz is hot on its heels. Either one is a good choice for an upscale appearance.
Built-in TVs and Speakers
For those who don’t want to miss a minute of the latest news and/or entertainment, a TV in the kitchen is a must.
Today’s refrigerators can have TV screens, an electronic message center and other features to help the busy homeowner keep track of what is there and what needs to be replaced. Another luxury touch is having the refrigerator match the cabinets by installing custom panels. High-end ovens are another fancy feature of the most upscale kitchens. Some can cook food 15 times faster than regular ovens and can be operated over the Internet. Touch-faucets are another extremely popular upgrade.
Sidling up alongside the smart appliances are specialty appliances like steam heat ovens, pizza ovens, warming drawers, insta-hot sink faucets. Choose the ones that appeal to you.Dual
Two ovens, dual sinks, and even dual kitchen islands – if you use your kitchen for cooking and entertaining, these will appeal to you. From meal prep to cooking to cleanup, having multiples makes the kitchen more efficient.
From glass panel cabinet doors, to a glass-front wine fridge, you can display as well as store your fine china, cookbooks, wine collection, or decorative items like that antique kitchen scale from Aunt Ruth.
If your kitchen has the space, add a butler’s pantry – a separate room adjacent to the kitchen for extra storage, office work, wine vaults and more.
LED lights are much more energy efficient, last longer and burn cool, making them ideal for many places incandescent lights couldn’t go. Pendant lighting is popular above islands and under cabinet lighting is great for tasks. You can add LED string lights along toe kicks as nightlights; conceal them behind crown molding on cabinets to add a soft wash of light on the ceiling, or run them down the inside of cabinet doors to show off the contents. Lighting trends also include retro-look bulbs like Edison bulbs and chandeliers popping up in just about every room of the house.
Base cabinets aren’t always convenient for reaching items. Instead add a few deep drawers that pull out giving you easy access and convenient storage for pots and pans, small appliances, and just about everything in your kitchen. Look into deep drawer organizers too like slots, dividers, trays and moveable boxes that help you keep everything in its place and swap/reorganize drawers easily.
Luxury Touches for the Bathroom
The modern bathroom is much more spa-like than bathrooms of the past. Little luxury touches will turn your bathroom into a relaxing escape. Consider the following when planning your bathroom remodel:
Heated tile floors are relatively easy to install and make a huge difference to the homeowner. If you are replacing your floors, that’s the time to add them.
Pedestal-style bathtubs are another luxury trend that is in high demand. Elegant freestanding or claw-footed tubs can add style and elegance to your new bathroom.
Frameless Shower Doors
Gone are the days of ugly frames. Heavy glass has made frames obsolete and the look is sleek and elegant. Don’t remodel your bathroom and take it back two decades with framed shower doors.
If you have the space, for individual vanities, great. But if you don’t, you can use one countertop and two bowls.
Zero-entry or curbless showers are a popular choice because not only do they allow for aging-in-place, but they make your bathroom appear larger.
Showers with built-in benches, and nooks instead of shelves are also trending.
Bathroom cabinetry has come a long way. Adding counter-to-ceiling cabinets and making cabinets a focal point adds a luxurious, upscale feel while also providing ample storage.
Fully enclosed steam showers with multiple shower heads are an unique addition to your bathroom. After a long day, you can enjoy the hot steam and relax.