Technology Is Changing The Home Improvement Industry

 By: Leeanne Kunnert
When it comes to new construction and home improvements today it is amazing how technology has changed the way professionals work. Advances have made that make home building techniques of yesterday obsolete. Homes are made with greener, more sustainable materials as well as being built to fit the way we live today. Below you will find some of the most popular trends in new construction and home improvement.

As mentioned previously, homes today are built with more sustainable materials than ever before. Home construction is all about environmental friendliness and green living. Energy efficient elements are being included in new construction home designs all in an effort to reduce a homeowner's footprint on the Earth.

Other ways homeowners are changing the construction industry while maintaining the environment is with the use of reclaimed wood. The use of reclaimed wood is popular in flooring and for accents. It is a terrific way for homeowners to combine rustic and contemporary styles in their homes.

Technology is being used throughout home design as well to account for the increase in homeowners needs to be connected through their smart phones and tablets. This is largely developing in modern kitchens as the desire to enhance easy living for busy families on the go. Smart appliances are also being integrated throughout homes in an effort to augment homes to match the changes in the family climate.

Open shelving throughout the home is another trend that is popular for 2016. This includes open designs within kitchens and bathrooms as well as shelving throughout the living room and bedroom areas. Open shelves allow homeowners the ability to showcase more aesthetically pleasing elements.

LED lighting along with the use of colors in lighting are both trends that contractors are seeing in new construction. Colored lighting controlled by smart phones is a popular way that homeowners can control the ambience of the room without moving. LED lights are being placed above showerheads to enhance the water stream and in kitchens above the cabinets to increase the visual appeal of the space. These are all elements in the home improvement industry that are being altered because of advances in technology.

Trends in the home improvement industry are definitely nothing new to most professional contractors that are around today. From shag orange carpet and plaid couches to refrigerators that allow you to shop directly from them contractors are used to being a part of ever changing trends in the way families interact within their homes.
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