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Top 6 Home Design and Renovation Trends for the Summer

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Kitchen themes for this summer? Sustainability and natural materials. In recent months, we have observed a shift in home renovation trends to classic and long-lasting designs rather than something that becomes tiring quickly. Here are the top six home design and renovation trends for this summer that have been taking the home improvement world by storm!

Recycled Kitchens

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Due to the rapid growth of the industry, construction companies have a large impact on the environment and consume mass amounts of natural materials. By using recycled products such as repurposed wood, home renovation experts are embracing sustainability that works for their designs and clients. There have also been strides toward re-using non-traditional products such as paper, fiber, foam, and plastic during kitchen designing to give these products a new life.

Open Shelves

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Hiding everything away in cabinets and drawers is now a thing of the past. It is now on-trend to have everything out on display. For example, in a kitchen, there may be jars of pasta, chocolates, oats, etc. visible on shelves. Even in smaller homes, it has become popular to pull the cabinets out of their base units so that the walls are more open. This allows for the possibility of adding shelves for a design accent.

More Windows and Natural Light

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Add some brightness and natural light into your home with larger windows. Adding new windows is an energy-efficient way to regulate the indoor temperature, ultimately saving you money on your electric bills.

Large, Gourmet Kitchen

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Gone are the days when the kitchen was a hot, loud, unbearable place to be. The kitchens of today are the heart of a home. The kitchen is now a place where family and friends gather to eat, entertain, cook and visit so it needs to be welcoming and versatile! Popular open floor plans allow for extra space, fluid seating, and entertaining space and may permit you to add an island for more functionality. In designing new kitchens, some popular trends include larger, commercial-grade appliances, more convenient sinks with easier access to water in the kitchen, linear designs, mismatched cabinetry, brushed nickel and stainless steel fixtures, and marble and quartz countertops. This is one of our favorite home design and renovation trends!

High Ceilings

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If you are lucky enough to have high ceilings in your kitchen and home, you should take advantage! Adding dimension and intrigue to a higher space keeps things from feeling empty and overly spacious. We have been seeing many kitchen ceiling designs that include adding exposed beams or woodwork or even coffered, vaulted, or tray ceilings. All add character and value to your home. Not ready for something significant? A simple upgrade of this space could include elegant crown molding or even a fresh coat of paint. This area is often overlooked but can make a room feel more special.

Farmhouse Style and Shift to Rustic

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This style is viewed as informal and welcoming, creating an inviting atmosphere for guests. Being a multi-generational and universal trend, the farmhouse style also aims to create closer connections between the occupants and their guests. Using light, neutral, or soothing colors can add to this effect as well as using sliding barn doors, farmhouse sinks, or upcycled and repurposed materials.

Are you ready to start updating your home? Contact the team at National Lumber for all of your kitchen, bath, window, and door needs. We’ll work with you to help realize the house of your dreams, from conception to installation.

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Kitchen DEsigner

Laura brings 18 years of experience to our kitchen design team. She helps customers build exceptional kitchen spaces down to the finest details. 

Every client has unique needs, and Laura enjoys the puzzle of figuring out how to fulfill them. She combines her technical abilities with her background in interior design to balance functionality and beauty.

She listens to her clients to help them narrow down their choices and presents a curated selection to make the process less overwhelming. Laura finds creative solutions to check off their wish list while keeping them on budget.

Her personal favorite design trend is a transitional style with a hint of traditional details. She loves the mix of painted colors and the textures and variations of natural woods. However, the best
part of her job is the opportunity to work in every design style
and come up with different combinations of styles, materials,
and finishes executing her client’s unique vision.

Personally, she loves everything involving water- the ocean, pools, boating, and long baths.
She also enjoys anything with a story- books, movies, shows, etc.
Her newest hobby is attempting to have as much fun cooking as she does exploring new restaurants.

Kitchen DEsigner

With over 15 years of experience, LindaRose brings deep knowledge of how to achieve beautiful kitchen designs at the right price. 

For LindaRose, listening to a client’s needs is paramount to achieving a great design. Creativity is key to kitchen design, requiring out-of-the-box thinking to achieve an excellent final product. 

Some of her favorite design trends she introduces to clients include transitional, clean lines, and dark islands with light perimeters. 

Before entering the world of kitchen design, she spent 20 years in theatre as a singer and actor, working in notable local theatres like Round House and Everyman.

In her free time, she enjoys other creative endeavors such as working with textiles including quilting, embroidery, and weaving. 

Kitchen DEsigner

Rick Bechtel is an industry expert with 7+ years as a kitchen designer. He brings unique insights to design thanks to his 15 years as a carpenter and contractor.

Rick believes in the importance of listening to the needs of the clients he works with. Utilizing his experience s a carpenter and contractor, he strives to make every layout as economical as possible through wise cabinet selection. 

Rick makes informed suggestions for products or features that can improve the cooking experience. He’s an expert in taking the dream items clients identify online or in showrooms and introducing options that better fit their design needs and are less cost prohibitive.

As a designer, he’s an expert on contemporary or transitional styles, light colors, and wood accents. 

Rick is passionate about woodworking and contracting but transitioned his career to spend more time with his children. He enjoys projects around his (or his children’s) house, and weekend trips with his wife.