Keystone Building & Design Projects 2012

•December 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

2013 Remodeling Trends for your Home

•December 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

1. Kitchen Cabinets


A clean, simple, contemporary look will be popular with homeowners looking to economize and eliminate unnecessary clutter and fussy details that equate to high maintenance and complicated living. For those who don’t want to spring for new cabinetry, re-facing or refinishing cabinets offers more bang for the buck.2

2. Countertops

Granite has been dethroned. While granite isn’t going away and still has many die-hard fans, the new king of countertops will be quartz composite — the closest thing to no maintenance, bullet-proof countertop materials available today.

3. Hardwood Floors

Pre-finished and engineered wood flooring will become more popular than the once gold-standard of site-finished flooring. Pre-finished woods provide a hard, durable finish, are an installation time saver, and eliminate the sanding dust dilemma. Engineered wood floors are also compatible with under-floor heating systems, a big plus in cold climates.

4. Glass Backsplashes

Glass mosaic tile is on the way out. Taking its place are glass/stone/tile mosaic composites that can add more texture and visual interest and that tie in more readily with stone or quartz countertops. Be on the lookout for back-painted, solid glass panel backsplashes in contemporary settings, which provides an ultra-clean, almost ethereal look to a polished, modern kitchen setting.

5. The New Black

Charcoal is the new black.  2013 will find this smooth, silky color everywhere as it blends the right amount of chocolate, grey and a touch of green.

6. Bathroom Stone

Synonymous with luxury, Calacatta marble will find its way into both traditional and contemporary bathrooms. Calacatta is a rarer stone than Carrara marble, but is quarried in the same region. It is valued for a whiter background and bolder grey veins.

7. Stylishl & Simple Sinks

Goodbye double-sinks, hello deep single-bowl sinks. With accessories such as fitted colanders and dish drains, deep single-bowl sinks have all the benefits of a divided sink, plus the large size to actually fit that roasting pan or those baking sheets into the sink all at once. Stainless is still popular, but the quartz composites are a great value and durable option.

8. Sparkle & hine

Sparkle & Shine may find its way into home décor and design as homeowners seek a blend of classic textures and colors with pops of bold color and elements of sparkle.  Glossy glass tile backsplashes and sparkle on polished nickel fixtures trend in 2013.

9. Healthy Home, Healthy Living

Green and sustainable design is here to stay. The number one trend for 2013 will be to create a healthy living environment, free of toxins and harsh chemicals.  More and more homeowners are taking advantage of federal and state incentives to check their home’s energy efficiency and overall performance. Upgrade trends include the use of low VOC materials to improve indoor air quality, testing combustion safety, and radon mitigation.

10. Living In Your Home Longer/Multi-Generational Living

With many certified aging-in-place specialists (CAPS), Neil Kelly designers predict a growing trend to help aging baby boomers safely “grow old” in their homes, for as long as possible. Watch for easy kitchen and bath upgrades to enhance functionality, comfort and safety.

Thank you to HZ Editors, December 12, 2012, for this report.



Doorless Showers Aging in Design

•August 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Doorless showers have become a design darling in recent years. Not only do they create an open, expansive feel in a bathroom, but they also lend themselves well to universal design and aging in place.

Tips: Installing a heat lamp and radiant heat bathroom flooring can offset any cold air or drafts especially during the winter months. Mount a heated towel and robe rack nearby, and you’ll be extra toasty as you dry off and put on that warm robe.

Tips: Angle the shower floor slightly so that water flows toward the drain, and think about adding a second drain for doubly effective siphoning.

Tips:  Outfit your bath with surfaces that hold their own against moisture: porcelain or glass tile, metal, stone, solid surfacing, engineered quartz and some woods. Avoid fabrics and other materials that are prone to mildew. Careful attention to open shower design will help with possible issues arising from splashes and escaping steam.

Remodeling Trends, Value Remodeling Aging In Place and Universal Design

•July 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Quick Update on the Remodeling Industry:

The next several years will focus on value remodeling and Universal Design.

The types of remodeling projects that people choose will add value to a home, while at the same time providing greater livability and long term use.  With the economic trends and future expectations, more and more people are choosing to include Mother-In-Law additions, income properties and projects that allow familes and their children to live together for longer periods of time.

A large amount of these remodeling projects are done with aging in mind. According to the NAHB, about 62 percent of builders surveyed in 2010 were working on home modification projects due to aging. “We aging baby boomers are spending money to make our homes more accessible,” says Ed Dion. “Everything from grab bars over the tub, to retrofitting homes to fit an elevator somewhere.” Many builders expect boomers to dictate the market as the population continues to age.

Grab Bar

Aging in Place Remodeling Add Ons

Keystone Building and Design – Contact us for estimates on value remodeling, Aging-In-Place and Universal Design projects.

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