Every year, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) surveys designers, architects, and remodelers to learn what styles, materials and innovations are expected to become popular in the near future. In 2020, the results from over 700 professionals pointed to four distinct design themes, several of which can be credited to how the pandemic has impacted the need to adapt our homes to support our new stay-at-home lifestyles.
As we look forward to the start of a new year, we wanted to take a quick look back to see which of our blogs were most popular with our readers this year. In 2020, we all spent more time than ever at home, which resulted in homeowners noticing the challenges and imperfections in their most used spaces. Based on our top 5 list, it seems that kitchens were at the top of many reader's lists for needing improvements. We also found that there is a lot of interest in hearing about the newest in appliances, so we will be sure to continue covering those topics for you in 2021.
Pantone has been selecting a color of the year for over two decades and this is only the second time that they have decided to choose two colors instead of one. The first time was in 2016 with Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue, two pale pastels meant to evoke tranquility and peace. This year, as the renowned color authorities considered their options, they felt the pair of Ultimate Gray and Illumination was the perfect combination to encourage feelings of optimism and resilience.
Decking your home out for the season is great fun, but as you trim your tree and string up the lights, there are a few important safety tips to consider. Please take a few minutes to review our list to ensure your home is a safe zone for your friends and family to gather.
2020 has been the year of sheltering, working, and learning at home. Our family and living rooms are getting a lot of use and finding the space to do all of the things that we are now needing to do at home can be a challenge. If you are fortunate to have a finished basement or lower level, it can help provide additional spaces for studying, watching tv, playing games, or crafting. In today's blog we are going to highlight two basements and one lower level remodel projects that were customized to provide a variety of functional areas for families to gather. As you will see through the before and after photo comparisons, they were pretty amazing transformations.
Better functionality, updated finishes, and improved layouts are three elements of a great bathroom remodel. Over the years, we have worked with many families to bring their bathroom vision to life, making their goals the driving force behind our creative designs. We've pulled together a few of our favorite bathroom remodels that had the most dramatic changes, including their before and after photos and links to the full stories behind the project. Take a look below.
This year has been challenging. Many of the daily activities that used to take place outside of our homes are now happening at home. In the midst of all this change, homeowners have had to figure out how to accommodate working and schooling from home. Now, more than ever, we are noticing the little problems with our homes, and the one room that gets the most attention is the kitchen!
This year Halloween feels a bit different, but don't let that spoil your fun! There are all sorts of activities that you can do at home or in your neighborhood to celebrate Halloween safely. Check out our list of family friendly ideas below and start some new traditions that you can continue for years to come!
Every year, Houzz, an online interior design and remodeling community, surveys their users who have recently completed or are planning a home project to learn more about trends and motivations behind specific renovation types. This year, nearly 1,600 homeowners provided their opinions on remodeling their bathrooms. We've read through the survey results and compiled a top 10 list of bathroom trends for 2020. Check it out below!
Paint companies and color authorities have started announcing their color of the year selections for 2021. One of the first to be named is Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze - a natural, calming, and serene shade of earthy brown. It seems the experts believe that we need to surround ourselves with hues that will help us to relax. Given the year that 2020 has shaped up to be, we couldn’t agree more!
It's officially fall! Who else is ready to bid the summer goodbye and welcome in the cooler temperatures? The first few weekends of the fall season when the weather is still a bit warm is the perfect time to tackle your fall home maintenance list. Prepping your home for cold weather not only helps you lower your utility bills, but can also prevent an unexpected disaster or costly repair. We’ve put together a list of fall maintenance tasks that you can get started on this weekend.
Do either of these statements ring true to you? - You love your neighborhood and can't imagine moving, but your house just doesn't fit your family's lifestyle anymore. - You found a less than perfect house in exactly the right location. Instead of moving or passing up your dream neighborhood, consider a whole house remodel. Thompson Remodeling has worked with many families and singles to reconfigure houses and condos by creating custom floorplans to support specific style preferences and lifestyles. If you find yourself living in the perfect neighborhood in the not-so-perfect house, take a look at how we've changed the four homes below to get ideas and inspiration. The stories below include after photos of projects, but go one step further by providing before photos and explaining the "why" behind the remodel's design.