Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower

Do your deep thinking outside this summer with an outdoor shower — they’re easier to set up than you might think.

Outdoor showers may seem like a luxury — something that only those with beach houses would need or be lucky enough to have. But if you have kids and pets that love to play in the yard, or if you’re an avid gardener, runner or someone that enjoys the freedom of bathing in nature, you may consider an outdoor shower for your own home.
Lucky for you, outdoor showers are an accessible feature for just about anyone. It all depends on how simple or complex you want your shower to be. A simple outdoor shower with cold water costs approximately $1,000 or less. An outdoor shower with an enclosure and hot and cold water will run about $4,000-$8,000.
Here are four things to consider before taking the plunge on your own little piece of outdoor bathing heaven.

Location

This is one of the most important considerations. It’s best to choose a spot that you use often. In most cases, anywhere near the back entrance to your home is a good choice — maybe adjacent to the back door or on the back deck. If you have a pool, situate the shower nearby for easy rinse-offs before and after swimming.
Another major consideration is plumbing access. Unless you’re installing the type of shower that attaches to a garden hose, you’ll need to install it close to existing plumbing.
Last but not least, go for a sunny spot. This will help keep mold and mildew at bay and provide natural warmth while you rinse.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Privacy

Privacy is a fairly important consideration, unless you think only swimsuit-clad people will use the outdoor shower. “I encourage people to build with the most modest person in mind,” says Ethan Fierro, author of “The Outdoor Shower.” The trick is, you want the shower to feel private and far from prying eyes, but you also want to keep the natural feeling.

Photo from Zillow listing.

An easy and adjustable choice is a freestanding folding screen. These screens work particularly well on decks and patios, where it might be impractical to build any type of wall.
Another option is building corrugated metal wing walls to create a shower “corner” of sorts, where swimmers can rinse off after a dip. You can make this more private by adding a third wall to the design. Of course, there’s always the more elaborate option, which would be to surround the shower with wooden walls.

Plumbing

The simplest and most inexpensive plumbing option, and one that many people choose, is a shower connected to a garden hose, which is then hooked up to an outside faucet. This cold-water fixture is perfect for an outdoor shower that’s used only in the heat of summer and mostly for cleaning off dirt and sand.
Next up is the hot-and-cold hose option. First, you’ll need a plumber to install an outdoor hot-water faucet next to the cold one. From there, it basically works in a similar fashion to the cold-water hose shower.

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The most elaborate — and most expensive — is the plumbed-in outdoor shower. This is worth investing in if you anticipate consistent outdoor showers, and not just for cleaning up after a hot day in the sun. The only downside to this option: If you live in an area with freezing winters, you have to make sure you can fully drain and insulate the plumbing so it doesn’t burst.

Drainage

The simplest and most common drainage system is letting the used water drain into your yard. If you don’t have very porous ground in your yard, or if the outdoor shower is close to your home, consider attaching the plumbing to your home’s drainage pipes or installing a French drain (essentially a gravel-lined channel connected to a pipe that directs water to a drainage area).
The easiest thing to do, of course, is to go with the first option and recycle the water into your garden.

Accessories

Incorporate some affordable accessories that greatly increase the fun and pleasure of showering outdoors. A large rainfall showerhead enhances that outdoor feeling, and plants or flowers in the shower area or peeping through the enclosure add a whimsical touch.
Add some soft solar-powered lights for showering at dusk, install hooks for hanging towels and wet bathing suits, and maybe even add a chair to sit in. Most importantly, design your shower to take advantage of nature’s views, whether that’s the sky overhead or the splendor of your backyard garden.

Photo from Zillow listing.

With just a little planning and effort, you can install your own outdoor shower and stay cool during the sweltering summer months.
SEE JANE DRILL (March 28, 2018) “Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower” Retrieved from https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/

Gov. Scott signs real estate-related bills into law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March 23, 2018 – Gov. Scott signed a number of bills into law within the past week including a few that could impact Fla. Homeowners:
CS/HB 935: Mortgage regulation
The new law revises Ch. 494, Florida Statutes, governing non-depository loan originators, mortgage brokers and mortgage lender businesses subject to regulation by the Office of Financial Regulation to provide greater consumer protections. In some cases, the changes could impact the way home flippers finance repairs using a short-term loan before re-selling a property.
The new law defines the term “business purpose loan” and says that it’s unlawful for anyone to misrepresent a residential mortgage loan as a business purpose loan. It also defines the term “hold himself or herself out to the public as being in the mortgage lending business.” It’s currently acceptable for an individual investor to make or acquire a mortgage loan with their funds, or to sell a mortgage loan, without being licensed as a mortgage lender, providing they don’t “hold himself or herself out to the public as being in the mortgage lending business.”
The law is the Florida Legislature’s response to alleged unlicensed mortgage lending activity in South Florida. According to reports, some lending entities provided residential loans with usurious interest rates and high fees made under the guise of business purpose loans in order to avoid licensure and disclosure requirements under Ch. 494, F.S., as a mortgage lender. In some cases, they allegedly forced the borrower to form a limited liability company if they wanted the money.
Effective date: July 1, 2019.
CS/CS/HB 1011: Homeowner’s insurance policy disclosures
This law requires homeowner insurance policies to disclose in bold, 18-point font that the policy does not cover flood damage. It expands the current required notice regarding flood insurance to include notice that the purchase of homeowner’s insurance does not cover floods, even if hurricane winds and rain caused the flood to occur. The notice will appear upon initial issuance and in each policy renewal.
Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019.
HB 617: Covenants and Restrictions
This 28-page bill expands and modifies laws related to association covenants and restrictions.
Effective date: Oct. 1, 2018
HB 193: Mortgage brokering
This law reduces certain mortgage business regulations on securities dealers, investment advisors, and associated persons under certain conditions.
Effective date: July 1, 2018
© 2018 Florida Realtors®

2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging

Before you’re able to successfully stage a home for sale, you need to understand your target audience, and the kinds of things they’re looking for in a home. Home buyers today are much more savvy than previous generations; they know what they want, and they’re willing to wait to get it.
In a recent survey, industry influencers shared what they felt were the top trends in single-family homes for 2018. These trends took a good look at what home buyers were looking for, and what potential sellers and real estate pros can do to help make properties more attractive to those looking at them.
Before you stage another home this year, be sure to consider these top single-family home trends in 2018 to truly understand your audience.
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The Purchasers
Before you can stage anything, you need to know a little more about whom you’re staging the rooms for. And while in years past, Baby Boomers made up the bulk of the home buying market, in 2018, you’ll be seeing a predominantly younger demographic.
Fifty-three percent of industry influencers surveyed believe that members of Generation X, aged ages 38 to 53, will compromise the majority of the market, while an additional 34 percent feel that Millennials, ages 21 to 37, will make up the remainder. With this younger group of buyers purchasing more than ever before, you need to pay more attention to what they want during your home staging rather than relying on trends of years past.
Keep in mind that influencers also feel that things like faux finishes and jewel tones—popular design trends of years past–are all out as far as today’s buyers are concerned.
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Floor Plans
While you can’t always change every floor plan of every home, you can remove a few walls from a home’s interiors if it means making it more appealing to buyers. More than 70 percent of real estate influencers believe that an open floor plan will be something that home buyers want to see.
Open floor plans are great for entertaining, they help maximize natural light, and are extremely versatile in terms of how the space can be set up and used. These attributes are helping drive more home buyers, especially younger buyers, toward open concept homes than ever before.
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Smart Features
When you’re staging a home for sale, don’t overlook one of the most popular trends right now–the smart home. While you don’t have to automate everything in the home to entice buyers, switching out lights for smart bulbs, and adding in things like a smart thermostat and front door lock can go a long way toward encouraging interest amongst buyers.
Fifty percent of influencers surveyed feel that smart homes are going to be the biggest feature that home buyers are looking for in 2018. Smart homes are accessible, functional, and according to Energy Star , they can also save homeowners money–10 percent to 30 percent on energy bills just by switching to a smart thermostat alone. That can certainly be very attractive to prospective buyers.
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Exteriors
Everyone knows how important curb appeal is to a home. And today’s trends for home exteriors can help you make the most of a property’s curb appeal during the staging process. This includes using cool colors on the exterior, and for a fast and easy update to the yard, add some potted or raised planters to create a cozy atmosphere that attracts those who enter the yard.
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Voice Control
As long as you’re including a few smart features in the home design, be sure to introduce voice control features as well. Surveyed influencers believe that voice control as part of home automation will be a very attractive addition to many homes for today’s buyers.
Luckily, with so many voice-controlled devices on the market, it’s easy to find one that will fit seamlessly in with the rest of the home’s design, helping to capture the attention of any prospective buyer who stops in.
Reference:
Fixr.com (March 5, 2018) “2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging” Retrieved from http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2018/03/05/2018-home-trends-to-guide-your-staging/

Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate By Liz Dominguez

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Following the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession, the federal government imposed regulations in the form of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—an effort to ensure financial stability and consumer protection.
Senate Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo introduced bill S. 2155—the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act—which proposes to roll back these regulations and ease restrictions on regional banks, allowing consumers easier access to credit. The Senate passed the bill in a 67-31 vote on Wednesday, receiving full Republican support and splitting the Democratic party. The bill is now moving to the House to be reconciled before heading to the President’s desk.
The real estate industry has been vocal since the bill’s introduction. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) supports the proposed changes:

“The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act contains some favorable provisions for the housing industry, including expanding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s use of alternative credit scoring models; holding Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, loans more accountable; and improving access to manufactured housing, as well as easing credit through reduced regulatory burdens on smaller community banks and credit unions,” said NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) sent a letter to committee members last week also supporting the bill, and applauded the Senate for the passing vote.
“I want to commend Chairman Crapo and the bipartisan coalition of senators that worked for months to ensure the passage of this important piece of legislation,” said David H. Stevens, president and CEO of the MBA, in a statement. “This bill will further ensure consumer protections and adequate access to mortgage credit…MBA now calls on the House to swiftly take up this bill for consideration.”

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) also supports the bill, but believes it is only the start to a necessary regulatory change.
“The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has seen major progress on efforts to reduce the relentless and costly over-regulation of American industry,” said Randy Noel, NAHB chairman, in a statement. “However, while much has been accomplished, the hefty price homebuyers are paying for government regulations represents just one more obstacle that home builders need to overcome in restoring the marketplace to normal conditions.”
In addition, the Independent Community Bankers of America believes any pushback on the bill is caused by a lack of understanding. The group is attempting to clarify any misconceptions about how the bill would impact Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporting.

“It’s time to clear up some of the misinformation that is spreading about S. 2155—it does not at all affect longstanding and already-detailed Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data-collection requirements,” ICBA President and CEO Camden R. Fine said in a statement. “Those community banks that have been required to collect and report HMDA data on covered mortgage loans will continue to do so, and report on an annual basis as they did for decades until the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau dramatically expanded reporting mandates in 2015. S. 2155 takes a common-sense approach to ensure necessary data will continue to be reported without overburdening low-volume lenders.”
What changes would this bring? The biggest impact would be seen in the designation of a Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI), of which the threshold would rise from $250 billion in assets from the current $50 billion. According to Business Insider, this change would recategorize multiple large regional banks, dropping the current banks impacted by strict SIFI restrictions from 38 to 12.
In addition, the bill proposes the following modifications:

  • Free credit freezes for consumers via credit reporting agencies such as Equifax
  • Protection against some class action lawsuits for credit reporting agencies
  • The exemption of the Volcker Rule—restrictions on trading and investing—for banks with less than $10 billion in assets
  • An increase in the bank threshold from $10 billion to $250 billion for Federal Reserve stress tests
  • Less restrictions on lending for small community banks
  • Relaxed reporting on banks with less than 500 mortgage originations per year

While some are worried the removal of these regulations introduces risk—a possible housing bubble and another financial crisis—the real estate industry is focusing on the rewards related to increased freedom from the lessening of current lending regulations.
“REALTORS® believe that financial regulations need to be balanced with appropriate consumer protections, and we believe this bill achieves that goal; we urge Congress and the administration to enact S. 2155 into law,” said Mendenhall.
Dominguez, L. (March 15, 2018) “Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate” Retrieved from http://rismedia.com/2018/03/15/regulatory-relief-bill-passes-senate/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Rismedia+%28RISMedia+Real+Estate+News%29

Good News For Buyers With Less Than Great Credit by STEVE COOK MARCH 6, 2018

The three greatest barriers keeping renters from becoming homeowners are financial: saving for a down payment, finding an affordable house, and qualifying for a mortgage loan.
The down payment problem is less pressing since nearly 3,000 state and local governments offer low down payments as well as FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Some conventional lenders are offering mortgages with down payments as low as 1 percent for buyers with good credit. Hopefully, the supply of affordable homes for sale will improve this year as more new homes are built and the improving economy helps move-up buyers buy larger homes and put their old ones up for sale.
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Getting approved for a mortgage is a problem that is not so easily solved. Paying off debt and improving one’s credit score takes time and discipline. Even those with a bad record who manage to get a better score may not succeed. In getting a mortgage, many lenders today use “trended data,” which identifies credit behavior over time and rewards those who maintain good credit, not those who try to fix up their credit quickly to erase years of bad behavior.
Today, buyers who failed in the past to get a mortgage have new opportunities to get the financing they need.

Looser lending standards

Many of the six million homeowners who defaulted on their mortgages when home values creased ten years ago couldn’t get a mortgage today. After the crash, lenders quickly raised their underwriting standards. The days of the “pulse loan” were over (if you had a pulse, you could get a loan.) A higher bar for credit scores and debt kept out young buyers with short credit histories.
Some lending standards are loosening very gradually. An analysis (below) of standards in December 2012 and December 2017 show that most of the decline in standards has occurred in FHA loans rather than conventional loans. The average FICO for an FHA loan has fallen 20 points and 10 points for conventional loans. The average percentage of debt-to-income before the cost of a mortgage rose from 27/41 in 2012 to 29/48 in 2017 for FHA loans, and the closing rate for all loans rose from 61.3 percent to 72.1 percent in 2017, reflecting the weeding out of potential buyers with lower credit who didn’t bother to apply and the loosening of standards.

Mortgage Type(Purchase loans) Average Credit Score12/2012 12/2017 Average Debt-to-income12/2012 2/2017
FHA 700 680 27/41 29/48
VA N/A 708 N/A 28/42
Conventional 761 751 22/33 24/36

In 2018, the loosening of standards may accelerate. A fourth quarter 2017 survey by the Federal Reserve found that more banks are easing standards on GSE-eligible and nonconforming jumbo residential mortgage loans.

Non-QM loans

Another change that occurred as a result of the housing crash was the disappearance of higher risk sub-prime loans. However, another kind of loan is filling the gap it left. Non-QM loans are more closely regulated and only lenders who market the higher risk loans to investors are entering the field.
QM, or qualified mortgage loans are a new class of mortgages designed to add a level of protection to lenders and investors. They quickly became the industry standard because QM loans reduce lenders’ liability and can be automatically underwritten which are easier to sell to Fannie Mae and Freddie. Non-QM loans do not comply with the new standards.
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Recently, S&P Global Ratings predicted the market for non-QM loans would double or triple in 2018 because of the pent-up demand from borrowers who have been passed over for traditional loans.
“We estimate that about 100 million people have FICO scores lower than 650. One of the things we found working with this underserved segment of the market is that over 73 percent of them are first-time home buyers,” said Ray Brousseau president of Carrington Mortgage Services, a recent entrant into the non-QM loan business. “Introducing these products is the next evolutionary step in our ongoing commitment to serving underserved borrowers across the country.”
As more lenders enter the field, potential buyers who have been turned down for a mortgage will have another option for homebuying.
 
Cook, S. (March 6, 2018) “Good News for Buyers with Less Than Great Credit” Retrieved from https://www.homes.com/blog/2018/03/good-news-for-buyers-with-less-than-great-credit/
 

Perfect Harmony


A serene, modern retreat in Tidewater Virginia forges a seamless connection to its riverfront setting
By Julie Sanders | Photography by Maxwell MacKenzie
A narrow lane hugs the western shore of a Chesapeake Bay tributary in Virginia’s picturesque Northern Neck, revealing an eclectic mix of waterfront homes. Tucked between traditional houses, a one-story, glass-enclosed aerie stands out. Its owners, who hold 460 acres in this peaceful domain, lived in a stately, Civil War-era home on the property for many years. When they decided to build a new residence next door, they opted for a radical change in style.
Local architect Randall Kipp, who specializes in modern design, spearheaded the project. The couple requested a home with “a lot of transparency,” he says. “They really wanted the house to flow, inside and out.”
Kipp devised a plan for a single-story abode with a rear façade entirely open to breathtaking river views via floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass. The front door is set into a wall of windows that allows an unimpeded line of sight from the front yard through the house and out to the water beyond.
Inside, an airy central gallery with a 20-foot ceiling facilitates this visual connection. It also “acts as a bridge between the personal and public spaces,” Kipp explains. On one side, a volume houses a master suite, den and home office, plus workout and meditation rooms. The opposite volume contains the dining area and kitchen, which opens to a screened porch and a guest suite; a short hallway leads to the powder room, mudroom and garage.
The property lies only seven feet above sea level, so Kipp sited the house on a slightly raised base to prevent flooding and afford a better view of the water. The owners tapped landscape architect Shinichiro Abe, principal of the design-build firm ZEN Associates, Inc., to design a plan for what was a flat, empty expanse around the house. Taking his cues from the home’s spare, minimalist architecture, Abe conceived an Asian-inspired courtyard garden leading to the front entry. “I wanted to convey a sense of arrival, an invitation,” he explains. The garden sets the tone for the house, communicating both serenity and drama through its use of stone and water. Abe had boulders transported from New England and carefully positioned within the landscape. “The boulders are the main composition,” he says. “They invite you towards the house.”
Pea gravel, Mexican beach pebbles and flame-finished granite slabs, punctuated by irregular areas of large-format porcelain tile, comprise the walkway to the front door. Abe points out the asymmetrical path they take—around boulders, beside a lily pond and past a sculptural ceramic basin that doubles as a water feature. “A Japanese garden is asymmetrical,” he says. “The path is almost like a painting.”
As Kipp explains it, “Shin defined the property in relation to the house and the water. The garden spaces provide the transition from the undeveloped area to the house.”
To unify the residence and landscape even further, the design team repeated materials used in the front garden inside as well as in the backyard. The porcelain tile from outside clads the floor of the gallery, dining area and kitchen and the patio in back, where it is bordered by Mexican beach pebbles and flame-finished granite. The same tile is laid in irregular patches on the lawn below to create a visual path to the water. In another bold move, a boulder was split so that one half nestles amid Mexican beach pebbles in the gallery while the other rests on the patio, just outside the window. “It marries the outside and the inside,” Kipp observes.
Inside, stone and glass surfaces are warmed by extensive woodwork. Black-walnut panels wrap the walls on either end of the gallery; at one end, they deftly conceal a coat closet and beverage bar. Deep-set window frames are made of alder, and teak built-ins in the den house the television and books. Ipe panels cover the screened porch walls, while floors in the guest suite and private wing are made of wide-plank, light-stained maple.
But it’s the massive front door that takes center stage. Designed by Kipp on a pivot, it measures seven feet wide and 11 feet tall and is covered in teak on the outside and walnut on the inside. “It took seven guys to install it,” recalls the architect ruefully.
Interior designer Rina Okawa of ZEN Associates decorated the interiors, which reflect a spare, Asian-inspired aesthetic. The owners “like sleek, clean lines but also texture and warmth,” Okawa says.
Throughout the house, contemporary furnishings are grouped atop hand-knotted rugs sourced at Fort Street Studio in New York. Recessed LEDs from Tech Lighting keep the views open—except for a Davide Groppi pendant in the gallery and a PH Artichoke fixture by Louis Poulsen, selected by the owner to hang over the dining room table.
Okawa collaborated with Bulthaup on the kitchen, which combines Miele appliances with cabinetry in horizontal-grain elm and vertical-grain walnut. A walnut slab was integrated into the island to create space for eating on Bonaldo stools. A backsplash of white-painted glass by Bulthaup works seamlessly with crisp, white quartz countertops. A Hellman-Chang Z Round Table and Cassina 684 chairs provide a spot by the kitchen window for casual meals.
Measuring 3,800 square feet with just two bedrooms, the house boasts an outdoor kitchen on the patio, paneled in ipe and sunken four feet into the ground so as not to interrupt the view. Another highlight is the meditation room, a peaceful, glass-walled space that opens out to the serene lily pond and courtyard. Like the rest of the house, it seems meant for contemplation.

11 Unique Hardwood Floor Designs and Ideas for Your Home

You’ll be *floored* by these inspiring ideas.
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From classic planks to gorgeous chervon, one-of-a-kind patterns and eclectic reclaimed planks, let these flooring trends and timeless styles inspire your next project.
Painted Pattern
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For the homeowner who’s not afraid to try something different, a contrasting pattern is a sure way to liven up old wood floors that need some TLC. You can try it in your home with two colors, or use just one hue to showoff your floors natural finish.
Limed Floors
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These pretty planks embody that effortless, laid back, and casual style you find in beach cottages making them perfect for summer homes, waterside residences, or spaces featuring wicker furniture and other coastal country staples.
Whitewashed Floors
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Take a cue from the timeless farmhouse tradition (white wash dates back to colonial times) and give your floors the same treatment.
Bespoke Pattern
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A home filled with antiques, unique artwork, and treasures collected from around the world deserves a one-of-a-kind flooring to match your one-of-a-kind style. Enter the bespoke flooring. Here a basket weave pattern laid in tiles creates a welcoming entryway.
Parquet Tiles
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If retro styles speak to your nostalgic soul, then these are the wood floors for you. An unusual geometric wood parquet tile will make your home standout from your neighbors. Plus, these beauties pair perfectly with midcentury furniture and other vintage finds.
Herringbone Pattern
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While an eye-catching pattern like this takes time to install, the ends results will be well worth it—trust us! You may also want to consider even more unusual arrangements like chevron or honeycomb.
Ebonized Floors
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This rich and elegant flooring option (FYI it’s a chemical treatment, not a stain) is the perfect source of contrast for an all-white country kitchen.
Painted Hardwood
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Warm up your home and make it feel like a cozy, intimate country cottage with painted floors. Not sure where to start? Choose from one of our favorite hues (we loves whites, greens, and grays) for a base that will complement any home decor style.
Various Plank Sizes
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Whether you’re refurbishing and repairing your own damaged floors, or putting reclaimed planks to use in a space, mixing and matching various sizes is a must-try. It’s both a cost effective option and easy solution for areas missing chunks of wood or planks. And with a dark stain used all over, the floors will looking both interesting and unified. The designer of this mountain house, architect James Carter says you should try it “to create a more intimate look.”
Bare Floors
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These stunning floors prove the old adage “less is more” still rings true. These stain-free white oak floors are a worthwhile investment you’ll treasure for decades to come.
Diamond Pattern
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Bold floors in your entryway instantly let guests know, this is no ordinary home! You’ll want to let an intricate pattern steal the show, so pair it with whites, neutrals, and other timeless design elements.

Best Home Trends of 2018

This year, there were enough inspiring decor and remodel trends to make you want a complete home makeover. However, not all of those trends are made to last. Before you plan a renovation or buy a piece of fashionable hardware, look into the future. Will that color make you happy a few years from now? Or will it become a relic of regrettable trends?
These ten 2018 home trends are practically timeless and worth the hype.
#1 The “Entertainment Center”
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In-home bars aren’t a new concept, but they are tremendously popular with millennials. Craft cocktails are booming. When you’re entertaining guests, you can make a big impression by stocking extras like bitters and fresh herbs. Buy a bar cart that can be moved around as-needed, or build a permanent drink station into a wall.
#2 The Natural Look
Decorating with wood is almost always in fashion. Every year brings a new design innovation to explore. Right now, faux wood is in the spotlight, and it will likely stay for decades. Why? It’s an affordable low-maintenance alternative to the real thing and can be more eco-friendly. You can find faux wood in everything from tiles to beams.
#3 Local-Minded Design
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The past decade has brought a resurgence of interest in local business and culture. As a result, more local artisans and craftsmen have been able to thrive and create to make a profit. Right now, there are designers and carpenters in your area making unique furniture and decor that will set your home apart. Find the piece that is meant to live in your home. Or, commission one as a gift or focal piece.
#4 Beyond-Bold Accent Walls
Accent walls are consistently on-trend and designers are finding new ways to make them more innovative. Classically, accent walls are one, bold color. This year, consider using an elegant and striking wallpaper design instead. The pattern you choose can create an ambiance–from old-world royalty to playfully modern. Other options include painting it with color blocks, stripes or stencils.
#5 Reuse and Recycle
Sustainable design is a growing interest as homeowners become more environmentally conscious. There are lots of sophisticated ways to incorporate recycled materials. You can panel a wall or install floors using reclaimed wood, for example. You can also buy vintage furniture and repurpose it.
#6 Tasteful Mixes
Mixing textures and patterns is becoming something of an interior design art. Be warned, not all patterns work well together, but the right combination can make a huge impression. Try mixing sleek metallics with plush, soft-colored knits. Complement your boldly patterned couch with equally bold accent pillows. If you want this type of design but worry that your materials are clashing, consult an interior designer.
#7 Modern Farmhouse
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The farm look has evolved over time. If you want yours to last, keep it simple and functional. Think barn doors and antique-style farm sinks, rather than rooster wallpaper.
#8 Conversions of Convenience
In keeping with the work-from-home trend, homeowners want nooks where they can either get things done or relax. Everything from garages and attics to closets are being turned into home offices and comfortable escapes. If you’re interested in creating more livable space and adding to the resale value of your home, consider renovations like converting an attic or finishing your basement.
#9 The Interior Jungle
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Green is the 2018 color of the year and what better way to incorporate it than with plants? Indoor vines were on the Pinterest 100 list for 2018. While tropical leaves on Millennial Pink backgrounds may taper out of fashion, planting an indoor herb garden will bring a fresh smell and color to your kitchen. Or, bring large plants into a well-lit bathroom or office to bring the calm element of nature inside.
#10 Storage of Opportunity
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Small-home living has come into the spotlight. As a result, people are coming up with inventive ideas for storing their stuff. Storage is always a good investment–whether you’re adding closet space or building a bench to store winter gear. Buyers will be put off if there isn’t enough of it, and it may add to your home’s resale value. Start with built-in shelves or drawers under your stairs and install extra cabinets in your laundry room.
These decorating and remodeling trends are certain to age well. Interested in what other home decor and designs have stood the test of time and which ones haven’t? Learn more about decorating trends throughout history.