The Latest Kitchen Trends Make Life Easier
The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is the largest event of its kind in North America for kitchen and bath showrooms, designers, sales professionals, and manufacturers. Featuring more than 600 exhibitors and attracting some 70,000 attendees, KBIS serves as the event for manufacturers to introduce new products and showcase trends that are likely to dominate kitchen, bath, and home renovation for the months and years to come.
Designing a dream kitchen or bath for homeowners in Alaska requires balancing form with function. A recurring request among Anchorage homeowners is to design spaces that make everyday tasks easier and more enjoyable to perform while making a space look and feel extraordinarily special. Many of the trends at KBIS are reflected in the desires of homeowners in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Fairbanks who want innovative designs that maximize functionality, ease of use, and efficiency.
Open floor plans remain a top trend in Alaska. Almost three in four homeowners love the idea of opening up their kitchens to other rooms in their homes. Given the fact that many Anchorage homeowners continue to work either full-time or part-time from their homes, open floor plans increase the functionality of the home, providing dedicated spaces for working, studying, entertaining, relaxing, and spending quality family time.
Demand for larger kitchens that feature either a walk-in or built-in pantry, islands with seating and storage, and space for extra large appliances are frequently requested by Alaska homeowners. A recent national survey confirms this trend, finding that half of homeowners want to increase their kitchen space to accommodate an extra-large refrigerator. Signature Kitchens responded to this trend at KBIS by showcasing an industry-first 48-inch French door refrigerator.
Appliance technology advancements were also front and center at KBIS. Featured were counter-deep refrigerators that serve to maximize space without compromising performance. Refrigerators have gotten much more efficient, helping to preserve food for longer periods of time, and several newer models feature mirror-coated glass panels that allow you to peer inside the fridge without opening the door.
Sustainability was another dominant trend at KBIS. responding to the ever-increasing demand for environmentally efficient spaces. A recent Houzz survey found 92% of homeowners are using sustainable products and strategies in their new kitchens. We specialize in helping homeowners in Anchorage create more environmentally sustainable kitchens by specifying Energy Star-rated appliances, LED lighting, Water Sense-certified plumbing fixtures, and sustainable materials used for flooring, countertops, backsplashes, and cabinetry.
What are the trends that will make your new kitchen easier and more enjoyable to use? Give us a call at (907)561-9299 or make an appointment to visit us at 122 W. 92nd Avenue in Anchorage and let us show you how to turn your dreams and desires into a dream kitchen that meshes the best of form and function.
The Hottest Bathroom Trends
The primary bath has been transformed from a functional room to brush teeth, bathe and prepare for the day to an in-home refuge where homeowners in Alaska can spend a few minutes all to themselves devoid of texts, tweets and even little feet to recharge and rejuvenate their body, mind and spirit by washing away the stresses of the day.
Top Reasons to Renovate Your Kitchen
The number one reason why homeowners in Alaska decide to create a dream kitchen is that their existing kitchen does not work well or meet their needs. We frequently hear from homeowners that their kitchens don’t have enough storage capabilities, countertop space or cabinetry. Other common reasons are lack of maneuverability, appearance and poor ventilation.
Now Is the Perfect Time to Remodel
Is now the time to start the remodeling project that will add value to your home and family and make your home more enjoyable to use and live in? That’s a question many homeowners in Alaska are considering and the vast majority are answering in the affirmative. Current economic conditions make the decision much easier. Nearly 80% of American home mortgages are 4% or less. With interest rates more than doubling from a year ago, purchasing power for a new home has declined by 40%.