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WHAT'S NEXT IN HOME IMPROVEMENT IN 2022?

The start of summer remodeling and construction season is an exciting time. It is around this time of year when industry leaders and designers start planning, and making predictions on the latest and greatest home trends.

At Ziegler Remodeling, we are always keeping tabs on the newest trends in home improvement and like to look forward to see what is coming next. These are some of the top home trends that we expect to see more of in 2022.


1. TECHNOLOGY EVERYWHERE.

Smart homes aren’t new, but they are getting much smarter. It won’t just be a few devices and gadgets that put the “smart” in home technology. In 2022, smart home technology trends all about cohesion and integration. More homes will be designed and constructed with technology in mind, which up until a few years ago was unheard of unless you were incredibly wealthy. Now, appliances like refrigerators are communicating with smart devices like Alexa to let you know when you are running out of eggs, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Part of these new home technologies, besides the entertainment and comfort aspect is going to be focused on energy efficiency. Many homes are already equipped with Energy Star appliances. Next year, it will be on a whole other level. There is a greater focus on air quality and natural lighting. Layouts for construction and remodeling projects are incorporating more eco-friendly sustainable materials. All of that will be even more prominent in the future.


2. ROUGH WOOD AND OTHER NATURAL MATERIALS.

Although there is an increased focus on technology in the home, it will also create a desire to incorporate more natural elements to balance it out. Next year, homes will incorporate natural wood elements into their design, whether it is through flooring, cabinetry, furnishings, or décor.

In addition to more natural wood materials, bricks will also be in high demand. In the past few years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of the exposed brick wall. Another popular space to add brick will be in the kitchen area, in the form of backsplashes and wall accents.


The exposed brick can give homes an industrial look but the rough surface and red hue can also add a charming, rustic aesthetic. In the same way that the natural wood does, the brick look meshes together nicely with modern technology. As a building material, brick can be less expensive, especially if you are revamping an older building and they are already there. It’s a great material to use because of it’s durability and longevity. If you are installing an exposed brick wall, it takes some considerable skills and we recommend hiring a professional contractor to handle it. Plus, if you want to add creative patterns and colors in you brick design, it is best left up to a skilled mason.


3. MORE VIBRANT COLORS AND TWO-TONED CABINETS.

All-white kitchens have been in for awhile, and we’ll likely always be a classic and timeless home choice. However, in 2022, there will be more kitchens with two-toned and bleached cabinets installed. Color will also be more prominent throughout homes. In many recent trade shows and displays, bright and vibrant colors have been everywhere.

Usually unconventional colors like bright pinks, yellows and oranges have been popping up in the form of doors, sinks, cabinets, walls and much more. Blue, however, seems to be the most popular color so far. We’ll likely see more shades of blue in various parts of the home, whether it is in the shower tile, cabinetry, appliances or furniture and accents.


4. BACKYARD AND SOCIAL AREAS WILL BE FOCAL.

This year, we saw a growing interest in backyard space renovations. More homeowners are interested in utilizing every acreage of outside area and transforming it into a social environment. In the next year, you can expect this trend to get even bigger.

To clarify, we aren’t just talking about installing a new backyard deck or patio area, although that is a great project to increase the comfort and value of your house. Four seasons rooms, where homeowners can enjoy the outdoors even in winter, are one of the top backyard renovations that many people don’t consider. Everything from outdoor entertainment centers and bar areas to patios with fire pits and brick pizza ovens are on the table.


5. MORE INVENTIVE AND UNUSUAL HOME PROJECTS.

We’re living in the days of Instagram and Snapchat, and now more than ever, the home is a representation of the people living there. People want homes that reflect their own unique personality, and some are getting pretty creative as to how they express that. For instance, real estate developers in Dubai recently unveiled plans to build more underwater, luxury homes.

However, these homes aren't just creative and pretty to look at, they are feats of engineering. It shows a growing interest in innovative home construction, and it’s not exclusive to the luxury market. There has been a rise in the number of “tiny homes” and houses that you can easily rearrange, take apart, and move. Tiny homes are not for everyone, especially growing families and they have their downsides. Yet, they show that we are in a time when your home improvement project can be as creative as your imagination. Of course, if you can afford it--your budget still factors into it.


There are many ways to cut down on costs. You may not be able to be neighbors with Richard Branson in an underwater home in Dubai, but you could have large aquariums, indoor waterfalls or pools installed throughout your home.


Working with professional contracting companies like Ziegler Remodeling makes it easier to do. Not only do we design with your vision and budget in mind, but we have over 25 years of experience in the industry. Over the years, we have worked with suppliers and other industry players to get the best deal around on materials for our clients. To learn more about Ziegler Remodeling and how we can help you with your next home improvement project, contact us for a consultation today.


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