Home building and Remodeling Trends for 2015

Not all homebuilding trends are a good idea; do you remember the avocado-colored appliance craze, the pink tile trend, and the carpet on the walls phenomenon? If you’re guilty of following those trends, don’t allow this misjudgment to prevent you from latching on to the best trends of 2015. Below, we look at some homebuilding and remodeling trends to follow, as recommended by experts in the field.

In the Kitchen

It seems as if people are moving away from stainless steel appliances because of how easily they show fingerprints. Experts recommend you don’t stray too far away from the tried-and-trusted approach, however. For instance, concrete countertops seem like a cool new trend but have a tendency to stain or even break.

The main kitchen remodeling trend appears to be clean lines in light fixtures and cabinetry. There is also a move towards larger tiles in the kitchen (and bathroom), with luxury vinyl appearing to be the material of choice because it looks like ceramic but at a fraction of the cost.

In the Bathroom

For 2015, it seems as if it’s all about larger showers, with walk-in showers an especially popular request. The modern consumer wants more tile in the bathroom and is looking to have a tub and a walk-in shower. Overall, it appears people are willing to spend more and more to develop elaborate bathrooms, and in terms of finishing and coloring, cool colors like blue and green are very much in demand.

Remodeling Trends

Remodeling projects are getting bigger, and while people still try to remain cautious, the price range for a bathroom remodel seems to be growing from $15,000 to $25,000. The modern homeowner has also experienced a shift in mentality and is now seeking projects that allow the home to function properly as opposed to being merely aesthetically pleasing. Remodeling projects are also being performed with a sale in mind, as some homeowners look to capitalize on a recovering housing market.

Living Space

In the modern era, homeowners want more living space and are prepared to pay for the privilege. The “keeping room” is a relatively new concept and is set to increase in popularity in 2015. It is essentially a small room just off the kitchen where children can play with their toys or study.

The quest for larger closets seems to be a never-ending one and will continue in 2015, as bedroom space will be sacrificed for more closet space. Additions will be extremely popular in high-value properties, and homeowners are now willing to add an entire extra story to their homes. On a 1,000-square-foot home, this can run up to $250,000.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that bigger is better for homeowners, and this trend will continue apace in 2015. People are becoming more attached to their properties than before, and rather than seeking a new home, they are willing to spend big to convert their existing house into a dream home. Even those who do want to sell up are content to invest in order to get a great price.

Tips for Managing Construction Cleanup and Debris

Construction sites generate a lot of debris and waste, most of which is hazardous to human health. Some of this waste is generated directly as a result of construction activities while others are created indirectly. The non-hazardous waste materials on construction sites can range from bricks, rubble, wood, concrete, insulation and wiring waste, nails and rebar, etc. The hazardous waste often consists of lead, asbestos, plasterboard, etc. While construction site clean-up can be done meticulously, materials such as plasterboard release toxic gases, such as hydrogen sulfide, when they are broken down in landfills.

The non-hazardous construction site debris also poses a problem for construction site clean-up because of the lack of space for their disposal. Landfills are filling up at a very fast rate and many are closing down because of reaching their full capacity. It is important to manage and control wastage in order to make construction site clean-up easier for all concerned. There are many ways in which you can do this, which include recycling and reusing.

Recycling construction site debris can help reduce landfill waste. Some of the waste that can be recycled are aluminium, wood, concrete, corrugated cardboard, asphalt, and specific metals. Cleaning up in a recycling project takes place at the job site by segregating the waste according to specific categories such as concrete, metal, or wood, and sending them to the recycling site. Sometimes, recycling can be done on the site of the construction itself. There are instances where all the wastes with recycling potential is collected from the site and segregated later at the recycling facility.

An important way to clean up construction site debris is by reusing them, especially materials left over from a demolition project, such as door frames, doors, window frames, fixtures, etc. Before clean-up itself, these materials must be identified so as not to be disposed of by mistake.

There are different protocols for cleaning up different types of debris on a construction site. To start with, debris can be categorized into some broad areas, which are solid wastes, hazardous wastes, petroleum products, pesticides and fertilizers, detergents, etc. It is important that all employees are aware of best practices for waste management on site and adhere to these.

Areas and containers used for storage must be inspected for any leaks, spills, or other malfunctions. Workers must be properly trained in handling and disposal and must be aware of how to protect themselves when doing so.

Building a Home Out of Shipping Containers

Did you know that you can build a nice home for yourself out of recycled shipping containers? As unusual as that may sound; it is true, and you can do it for a relatively low total cost. You can undertake such a project starting out at around $2000 AND this project will be a good investment from an ecological standpoint. We will examine how you can go about doing this in our article.

In the first place; just because you want a luxury home does not mean it has to be huge. Therefore it is possible to construct a nicely sized AND efficient home out of a fairly small number of these shipping containers. Sometimes even one will suffice. You can ensure the home is adequately ventilated and has sufficient bathroom facilities for proper hygiene and sanitation needs. What you do to enhance the rest of your unique home is totally up to you. People have come up with some ultra-creative ways to build their shipping container homes that are actually quite attractive. Then again; when you get right down to it, attractiveness is in the eye of the beholder. In the end YOU are the only one that has to be happy with your chosen home.

If you do want to build a shipping container home with more living space, all you need to do is have them opened up. Then you can attach them to each other and enhance the home however you choose. There will obviously be monetary costs associated with doing this. But the amount of money you will save overall will be considerable. Additionally, you can purchase a nice sized vacant and private lot of property to construct this home on. Again there will be more money involved. But you will have a decently-sized home on a terrific piece of property that will be good for your environment. What more can you ask for?

If you want much more information on how to design your shipping container home; including floor plans and shining photographs of how they actually look, you can go onto the website Pinterest. Several people have highly informative posts on exactly this topic. Some of these posts can be found on individuals’ Pinterest boards under “tiny homes,” or “small affordable houses,” or “ecotecture,” or even a more specifically titled board “shipping containers.” If you are unable or unwilling to get onto Pinterest, you can also find similar information on shipping container homes on Internet search engines. Additionally there are videos on YouTube and Facebook Pages dedicated to this topic. Those will be equally helpful to you.

So you see; this kind of a DIY home building endeavor is entirely feasible once you know how to do it, all it takes is a little creativity and a lot of will-power. The latter part comes in because initially you may have to put up with some ribbing from loved-ones and friends at the start of your project. However, YOU will have the last laugh. After your critics see what a fantastic home you have for such a minimal cost, they may be inspired to do the same.