Large Format Bathroom Tiles. Smaller square tiles are being replaced with tiles measuring 12” x 12” or larger, as well as non-square shapes (12” x 18”), producing flooring and walls that showcase more tile and fewer grout lines.
Multiple Finishes on Kitchen Cabinetry. Complimentary multiple stains and a mix of painted and stained finishes on cabinetry enables homeowners to escape the look and feel of a “cookie cutter” kitchen where all surfaces match.
Screened Porches. Homeowners are extending their living areas with screened porches that allow them to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year without the nuisance of insects. Click here to see five beautiful screened porches on homes for sale in the Sotheby’s International Realty network, and click here to see three homes for sale in Atlanta with screened porches.
“Furniture-Like” Detailing in Kitchens. Varied cabinet and counter heights, distressed finishes and furniture-style toe kicks provide visual interest and help eliminate the “component” look of many kitchen cabinet designs.
Heated Bathroom Flooring. Heated mats underneath bathroom flooring tiles provide radiant heat that is proven to keep homeowners warmer than forced-air heating systems, helping to save on energy costs.
Kitchen Cabinet Accessories. With drawer inserts for cutlery, spices or dividers, homeowners are making better use of every available space within their kitchens.
LED or CFL (Compact Fluorescent) Lighting. Homeowners are moving away from incandescent fixtures toward more energy-efficient choices such as LED and CFL bulbs.
High Quality Synthetic Materials for Home Exteriors. Synthetic materials such as Hardie Plank siding and PVC trim pieces mimic the look of natural materials like wood, but are much more durable and better able to withstand climate changes.
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