Kitchen Trends

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Home design is like any other form of design – every year there are new trends, new looks, new colors. And for homebuilders, that means trying to decide which trends are worth paying attention to. In a room like the kitchen, redesigning can include anything from the floors to the faucets.

A variety of new trends have been influencing designs recently. Cherry wood declined as the top choice for cabinetry, replaced by requests for other wood species – from oak to maple, to rarer woods like birch and bamboo.  And while darker finishes and glazes are also becoming more popular, white is still the most requested solid color. The trick is balancing the starkness of a white kitchen with warmer wood flooring and table. Overall a more neutral palette for cabinets allows more flexibility for accessories, lighting, counters, etc.

Another issue that has arisen is whether stainless steel is on the way out.  While stainless steel still dominates, other finishes in copper, bronze and aluminum are starting to appear. Builders are taking it slow, though, since it’s expensive to replace an entire kitchen suite.

Builders and designers are employing energy efficient LED lighting, as well as faucets with built-in sprayers. Glass and natural stone are popular choices for backsplashes.

Stile kitchens feature classic elements that are modern and functional, yet will feel just as comfortable years from now. For more information about Stile homes, visit our website here! Drop us a line with feedback or questions. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, too!

Design Trends

New home builders tread a fine line when it comes to keeping their homes modern without seeming too trendy, updated without being too over the top. Homeowners want modern designs, but they also have concerns about paying for them. And every year, design elements, color palettes, and “must-have” features change.

Kitchens, for example, are full of design trends – from cabinets to flooring to appliances.  Painted white cabinets may be the look one year, while dark stain is the trend the following year.  Most builders can’t afford to revamp their homes that often, so they have to make educated guesses about which design trends will be most popular and last longest with their homebuyers.

Stile homes feature open floorplans, with living spaces that are perfect for everyday and special occasions. All of these elements create a classic home that will feel just as innovative years from now as it now.

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Spring has sprung! Not sure about anyone else, but here at Stile Homes, we’ve been trying to spruce things up by getting some spring cleaning done. Did you ever notice how spring cleaning puts a smile on your face? I think it’s because we know that summer is right around the corner. Here are a few helpful tips on spring cleaning.

After the long winter of being cooped up, light fixtures and carpets/rugs can be full of dirt and dust. Take time to clean your light fixtures, the ones that are easily accessible and the ceiling fixtures. Take your area rugs outside for a good shake down and maybe a few hours of airing out. We all know that the wall-to-wall carpeting could probably use a good cleaning too. Break out that steam cleaner! It may also help with those seasonal allergies.

While you’re in the cleaning mode why not wash down your walls? Yes, the walls! Dirt also sticks to vertical surfaces. The easiest way may be with a good soft sponge and warm, mild, soapy water. If you’re afraid of using soap and water on your flat painted walls, try using a dry microfiber cloth. It will work just as well at removing dust.

What about your furniture? During the winter months, your furniture has collected dust, dirt, body oils, and germs. And if you have a pet, it has also collected pet hair and dander. So haul out the vacuum cleaner and vacuum your upholstery. You can steam clean it as well. Make sure you test your furniture first in an unobtrusive spot to make sure that the detergent from the steam cleaner doesn’t fade the color or ruin your upholstery.

Last but not least, attack that refrigerator! How many times a year do you actually give your fridge a good scrub down? No better reason than spring cleaning to give it a go.  Dig way back and throw out that leftover New Year’s Eve cheesecake that you decided not to ever eat again because your resolution said so. After removing the old and new leftovers, check out your condiments. Bet you have a few that have expired. And what about that bottle of marinade from last year’s backyard BBQ?  Yeah, that might need to find its way to the trash can as well. Now that your fridge looks like it has been raided by a horde of teenage boys, get down to the “nitty gritty”. Try using a magic eraser or a sponge and hot soapy water to get the stuck-on grime. Don’t forget to clean the outside too. Also, don’t forget a fresh box of baking soda to help absorb any odors that may be lingering.

We hope that these helpful hints will get you started on your spring cleaning adventure.

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The uncertainty vexing the housing industry seems to be coming to an end in some markets – and builders couldn’t be happier.  New home buyers are benefiting from an historic opportunity, thanks to inventive designs, reduced pricing and low interest rates.

As the housing market has changed, builders have adjusted their product designs accordingly. For example, the call for smarter, more energy-efficient homes represents a hard truth: It costs a lot to build – and maintain – a home. From tighter lending to material costs to heating & cooling, homeownership can be an expensive proposition. In many markets, home designs have been scaled back, with the space being better utilized than in homes of the past.

Cottage, ranch and bungalow-style homes have been the answer for some markets. These homes have floor plans that are flexible, spacious and sustainable, while the smaller footprint means lower material costs for builders. Homeowners get a more affordable, more manageable version of their dream homes, and builders have a more affordable, more efficient line of homes to offer.  Everybody wins!

If you’re sitting on the fence, don’t wait too long.  Now really is a great time to buy a new home.

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There are many ways to be a “green” home buyer. Many of you know how you can help to save power and energy, but what about saving on your water consumption?  Consider the kitchen area, bathrooms, laundry rooms, outdoor irrigation, and pool/hot tub maintenance.

When building a brand new home, you have the advantage of choosing the appliances and fixture you want in your home.  Keep water conservation in mind when selecting items such as your dishwasher, toilet, and washer.  Other items to consider are your faucets, hot water heaters and sprinkler systems.  With all of the energy saving options out there, it isn’t hard to introduce energy saver brands in your home. These energy saving options not only help to conserve energy and help the environment, they can also help to save you and your family a lot of money. Many of these products will eventually pay for themselves over time with the savings.

Heating water accounts for around 15% of a home’s energy use.  “Green” water heaters use up to 50% less energy than standard models. Regular tank water heaters keep water hot and ready to use at all times in insulated storage tanks, which means that you end up paying for the water to be continually heated at all times, even when you aren’t using any water.  “Green” water heaters, such as the tankless water heater, heat water on an as-needed basis. Water is circulated through a large coil and is heated only on demand, using gas or electricity.  This option means that there is an endless supply of hot water.

Energy Star washers use about 37% less energy and over 50% less water than regular washers.  Many have a greater capacity as well, which means fewer loads of laundry. By switching to an Energy Star qualified washer, you could save $135 each year on your utility bills, and with this savings you could fill three average sized swimming pools!

These are just some of the examples that can show you what a difference building “green” can make!

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