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2015 Home Improvement Trends we Love
February, 2015 - Issue #124

Retractable Screens
Retractable, disappearing screen doors operate on a similar principle to spring-loaded pull-down blinds, except they pull across. Screens have flexible mesh that rolls up and can be custom fit for almost any opening. When not in use, it retracts into its protective housing and blends into your decor. Phantom Screens of Southern California 800-665-8200


In 2015, the Biggest Trend is Saving Money
"Homeowners are ready and willing to improve their homes, especially in ways that improve their daily quality of life," says Randal Winter, owner of Randal G. Winter Construction, Inc. "But the big takeaway is that they're doing it more frugally than in years past. They want to be sure that they're getting their money's worth when it comes time to sell their home." According to Winter, home improvement considerations include:

The Cost of the Upgrade versus the Value of the House
"Homeowners want to know if the investment will be worth it," says Winter, who regularly consults real estate data banks to help his clients determine whether or not a particular home improvement makes good financial sense.

Full Remodel or just and Upgrade?
"Clients can usually save 30 percent or more on their improvements when they choose to maintain the home's general configuration and instead focus on aesthetics, like changing dated oak cabinets to a timeless finished wood. You don't cut corners - you just don't, for example, bump out a wall to create an entirely new space." "Facelifts," as they're called in the industry, allow homeowners to stretch their budgets farther. "Now, instead of only being able to do the kitchen, you can do the kitchen and your bathrooms - and that upgrade combo really improves a home's resale value much more than one or the other," says Winter.

Identifying what You Really Want
"Good contractors are more like consultants, or even therapists. I don't want to tell you what the problem is - I want to help you figure out what you dislike about your home and then I want to help you fix it," says Winter. 799-8089


Spa-like Master Suites
In 2015, homeowners are taking the drama out of the bedroom and replacing too-stuffy designs with unpretentious lines, a relaxed color palette, sumptuous fabrics and a noted lack of clutter. The result is a space you'll call your "escape." Rebecca Rollins Interiors 367-4394


Contemporary Country Kitchens
Highly functional and with a carefully-planned design that best utilizes every inch, this contemporary space goes country with alder cabinets, earthy tones, an apron sink, Blue Star range and copper hood. Woodward Kitchen & Bath 251-3865


2015's Paint Palette
"Cautiously optimistic" is how many people are describing how they feel about 2015 and that sentiment is carrying over into paint palettes, too. Beige still reigns but three colors are climbing the charts as homeowners grow more confident.

Go Grey
There's more to this neutral than its "50 Shades" notoriety. Grey is the perfect backdrop for designs ranging from contemporary to country. It's a can't-go-wrong color with popularity that's yet to peak.

Olive is In
The greatest green is the one you can use for an accent or as the primary color for your space. Warm, muddy and very "in," olive green is the newest neutral.

Bold Blue Hues
Homeowners looking to add both drama and detail to their interiors are gaining inspiration in the wild blue yonder. Deep royals are replacing rusty reds in Old World homes while French Country enthusiasts are opting for dusty sky blues. Contemporary homes are getting chipper updates with bright aqua additions.
Magic Maintenance Inc. Painting 259-3373


Faux Wood Flooring
The visual appeal of wood without all the fuss! Ceramic or porcelain tiles carry the distinctive warmth and color variation of wood while providing boosted durability and dozens of colors and styles. Marty's Flooring 252-2522


Sandblasted Veneer Furniture
This stunning industrial reclaimed design has timeless charm to spare with rivet nail-head details and comfortable upholstered seats. The fashion-forward find by Orient Express is affordable and available locally. A Royal Suite 259-7000


Special Financing for Home Improvements
Finance by Cambria allows you to finance up to $55,000 for your remodeling project. There's no interest, no money down, no closing costs and no payments for up to a year. If you need longer-term financing, you can score a 6.99-percent fixed rate for up to 10 years.
Dannick Design 775-7430
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