How to Blend a Kitchen Into an Open Living Space

Check out the tricks designers use to keep the kitchen from grabbing all the attention in an open plan

With many of us choosing open-plan layouts in our homes, designers are finding ways to help our kitchens blend in. Opting for flat-front cabinets that fade into the walls, units that resemble period furniture, and walls that are lined with texture and artwork are just some of the tricks they use to create a kitchen that feels more like part of the living space than a functional room on its own.

Why Homeowners Are Remodeling Their Master Bathrooms in 2018

Priorities are style, lighting, resale value and ease of cleaning, according to the U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study

Master bathrooms are among the more popular spaces to remodel in a home. But why do homeowners tackle these spaces in the first place, and what do they want from their new master bathrooms?

The most common reason homeowners are renovating their master bathrooms is that they just can’t stand the old ones anymore, the 2018 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Studyfinds. And in the new master bathroom, homeowners who are remodeling tend to want style, good lighting, resale value and ease of cleaning. Read on for more insights into the motivations, design priorities and spending levels of homeowners who are renovating master bathrooms now.

5 Compelling Reasons to Mix Metals in the Kitchen

A winning combination of metallic finishes can enhance kitchen styles from historical to contemporary

For those who love a matching look, the thought of mixing metals can be intimidating. But mixing metals is a wonderful way to layer in texture, help create a historical or collected look and make a room more interesting. Here are five reasons to consider mixing metals when choosing finishes for your kitchen.

Home Renovation Pros Paint a Bright Picture for the Rest of 2018

The Houzz Renovation Barometer for fourth quarter 2018 shows that wait times to work with a building firm have dropped

New data just out on the residential remodeling industry paints a rosy picture for firms in the industry. Firms expect business activity to rise during the final three months of 2018, the data shows. And homeowners may get some relief from long wait times to start their projects, as the average wait time for construction sector firms dropped to 4½ weeks from 6½ weeks during the previous three months.

“Home renovation professionals are clearly very upbeat about the year end, despite a number of challenges facing the industry today,” says Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz.

The data come from the Q4 2018 Houzz Renovation Barometer, which tracks residential renovation market expectations, project wait times and recent business activity. (Market expectations and business activity have been smoothed out to account for predictable seasonal fluctuations, while project wait times have not.) The Barometer is based on a quarterly survey of residential remodeling businesses with a profile on Houzz and garnered 1,750 responses. Read on to gain insights from what they said.

10 Smart and Stylish Home Offices

These spaces combine good looks with hardworking design features

There are stylish home offices and there are practical home offices. But a home office that’s stylish and practical? That’s a winning combination, and these 10 home offices hit the mark. See how the designers, architects and builders who helped create these rooms did it, and take away ideas for your home office remodel.

The 10 Most Popular New Bathrooms

Furniture turned into vanities and floor tiles resembling rugs are among the highlights of these popular bathrooms

Customization and creativity stood out to Houzz users who saved their favorite bathroom photos over the last three months. Furniture transformed into vanities, colorful mosaic-tiled floors and living walls are all great features that can add a creative, custom touch to a bathroom. See the most popular bathroom photos on Houzz in this top 10 countdown.

A Barrier-Free Master Bathroom With a Luxurious Feel

Bathroom remodel offers ideas for designing an accessible bathroom that’s elegant too

Master Bathroom at a Glance
Who lives here: A semi-retired couple whose children are grown
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Size: 100 square feet (9.3 square meters)
Designer: Carnemark Design + Build

This couple living in a two-story home were ready to transition to first-floor living. The husband had been diagnosed with a debilitating illness that would gradually limit his mobility and require the use of a wheelchair. The homeowners decided to stay in their Bethesda, Maryland, residence and relocate their master suite downstairs. They turned to designer Jonas Carnemark, whose design-build firm had done previous work for them, to make their ground floor more accessible and to turn their downstairs en suite bathroom into a barrier-free master bath.

Carnemark’s aim was to design a space that felt like a luxurious retreat rather than a nurse’s station. The homeowners were budget-conscious, so the designer also focused on providing value in the selection of materials and features.

The bathroom has won several awards, including the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s 2018 award for universal design.

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan for Comfort and Style

Find out what fan size to buy, the blade angle to look for and which type works with your ceiling height

Ceiling fans make great additions to the home year-round. They cool us down in summer and warm us up in winter. New features and technologies mean they’re more energy-efficient than ever, and design updates have led to some pretty stylish models.

Personal preference plays a big role when buying a ceiling fan, and it’s always helpful to discuss your needs with a professional. To get started on your own, check out the following tips on how to choose a ceiling fan, including determining the right ceiling fan size and the optimal hanging distance from the ceiling.

Top 4 Home Renovations for Maximum Return on Investment

  • Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most Return On Investment (ROI).
  • Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers.
  • Upgrading your landscaping or curb appeal helps get buyers in the door. These upgrades rank as the 2nd and 4th renovations for returns on investment.