2017 promises to be a great year for home values in the Portland market, and many homeowners are taking advantage of tentatively low mortgage rates to look at refinance-remodel options for their existing homes. This year presents a unique opportunity with rates expected to rise, and the timing is great as this year we’re seeing some exciting trends in the remodeling industry. As a premier Portland remodeling contractor, Leitner Construction is poised to help homeowners maximize the benefits of a 2017 remodeling project.
Consumer Reports, in a recent article, noted some of these technology-driven trends are being pushed by changing consumer interests and needs. High-tech urban gardening is taking off in some areas, and some homeowners are taking advantage of new built-in hydroponic growing units for herbs and greens as well as food recycling units that can convert raw food waste into fertilizer. A plethora of new startup companies has, in recent years, increased the availability of smart devices that can optimize energy savings for hot water, heating/cooling systems, outdoor sprinklers and more. Whole home automation is becoming affordable enough to be a mainstream option.
Many homeowners are opting for smarter, more flexible floor plans redesigns, instead of pushing the boundaries of square footage. Energy-saving appliances, high quality materials and finishes are becoming more important than space. One material that is becoming more popular is black stainless steel, an example of a trend toward more matte finishes instead of shiny stainless steel, chrome or granite. Added to that, induction ovens are becoming more affordable and many are choosing to move away from traditional or gas cooktops for the the higher degree of control available. And, finally, topping the list of most interesting new bathroom remodel options is the self-cleaning toilet, which uses UV light and electrolyzed water to maintain a high standard of sanitation.
In Portland’s remodeling market, look for these and other fascinating new options to start appearing in homes this year. If this is the year for you to finally take that big step, talk to our design team for ideas to incorporate the latest in new technology into your plan for the home you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us for more information!