Fort Bend Publishing Group 2009
An Official Publication of the
Greater Houston Builders Association
Houston Remodeling Guide 2008
Whether it’s in the cool Colorado Rocky Mountains or the hot humid flatland of Houston,
Texas, people select similar remodeling and updating projects. If your carpet
is worn out and needs replacing, out the door it goes. If the family lifestyle
has changed and you no longer need the fourth bedroom, converting the fourth
bedroom into a large master suite or study has become a big remodeling trend.
Master bathroom and kitchen remodeling will always be on top of wish lists.
One trend on the rise is families who must deal with allergy and asthma are
replacing their carpeting with hard surface floorings. Another trend is the
baby-boomer nearing retirement who is now thinking about handicap
accessibility, wider hallways, roll-in showers and roll-under-counter sinks.
People remodel and update their homes for many reasons. On my radio show, when I’m asked a question like, “What are some of the remodeling trends for the 21st century?” or “Can you offer any suggestions for remodeling?” it’s really difficult to answer because remodeling projects range from thesimple to
However, this year we had several conversions of gamerooms where the pool table
never got used to full-blown Media rooms—from surround sound speakers with huge TV entertainment centers to everything
including popcorn machines. Thousands of homes were built in the late ’60s to ’80s with a walk-in wet bar as the focal point of the family room. These spaces
now make super media conversions. Even the small preacher bars with doors are
being converted to media centers.
Remodeling is hot because people like where they live and don’t want to move. Friends, shopping, churches and views are all the things they have lived with for years and what holds them to the
area, which prompts their choice to remodel. New home buying is expensive, and
in most cases, the lots are smaller than the one they already own. So to
remodel a new bathroom, kitchen and even family room or bedrooms allows the
owner to stay right where they are and still have the feeling of a new home.
Kitchens will always be on top of the list in remodeling trends. Families are
entertaining more, and the kitchen is a family gathering place, so removing
walls that separate the kitchen from the family room is a big trend.
When you open the kitchen up to the family room, a big concern is a noisy
dishwasher. With technology advancement, there are several appliance
manufacturers featuring whisper-quiet dishwashers that you can barely hear
running. This type of dishwasher should be a trendsetter for the 21st century.
Of course the slab granite counter tops are still hot and the 12-inch by 12-inch
granite tile is running a close race due to the price savings. Hardwood floors
are still in, tile floors in the large 16-inch by 16-inch tile with diamond
inlays are going strong and bold wall colors with white trim will be continue
to be big trendsetters.
Exterior products that seem to still be a hot trend in the market are the cement
fiber sidings like “Cemplank and Hardi-Plank” just to mention a few. People are tired of replacing rotting wood, consumers
want something that will stand the test of time and still have a real wood
look. Backyard views are still a big trend and that’s where the new direct-vent fireplaces really make a difference. Your fireplace
does not have a chimney and you can place a window above the firebox and
mantel, as well as on each side of the fireplace. Also, the outdoor kitchen
under a patio cover is trendy. Family and friends enjoy entertaining outside
and taking advantage of the summer weather. Keeping up with the remodeling
trends can truly assist you at resale and might even offer you better pay-back
values on your real estate investment.
Extensively remodeled kitchen by
Lone Star Building & Construction Services, Inc. features new cherry
cabinetry, pendant lighting,
repositioned appliances and granite
Master bath renovation by William Shaw & Associates began with an expansion and addition of a modern walk-in shower. The
bathroom’s historic personality was maintained with an antique bath, faucets and
What’s hot at home
By Jim Neidner
This wine room addition by William Shaw & Associates added a climate-controlled storage area, plus increased the size of
one of the upstairs bedrooms. William Shaw & Associates developed a creative solution to add a two-story addition off the
front of the home despite problematic city restrictions.
Remodelors Council member Jim Neidner is the owner of Neidner Homes and
2008 NAHB Education
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