Energy Efficiency

energy-efficient-homesIn the 1950s and 1960s, people could only imagine what homes would look like fifty to sixty years from then in the future. Perhaps you could talk to your home, or the kitchen could cook for you, or the homes would be made out of futuristic looking materials.

While homes may not quite be that fancy to the average home owner, the homes of today are still certainly more advanced than the homes of a few decades ago.  Floor plans have become more open, the bedrooms and kitchens have become more spacious, and there are more outlets to plug in devices to watch or listen to media.  But one trend that is often overlooked is the energy efficiency of homes especially in regards to heating houses in colder climates like Churchill Manitoba which can be very expensive over the seasons.  That’s what we’re going to look at next.

Energy Efficiency

 

  • You’d be surprised to learn how new homeowners on the market are consistently asking for energy efficient homes. One such example is an efficient laundry room that is located on the main floor.  Another example is having a more open kitchen.  No longer are kitchens being limited to a small room with only one entry point.  Instead, many of the cabinets and counters in kitchens are ‘islands’ in a larger floor space, and there are significantly more entry points leading into the kitchen as well.  In addition, the kitchen appliances themselves are significantly more energy efficient and use up less energy.

 

  • Previously, having energy efficient or ‘green’ homes was seen as a fancy edition to homes. Now, it’s being increasingly seen as the norm.  It’s now gotten to the point where energy efficiency is one of the top qualities new homeowners look for in homes on the market.  Programmable thermostats, energy efficient appliance, and energy star rated windows are just a handful of examples that people look for in homes.

 

Why Go Energy Efficient?

 

  • Are people looking for energy efficient homes just because they care about the environment. Some homeowners are that way no doubt, but for most people, it’s because the utility expenses in energy efficient homes are cheaper.  When you market homes that are more affordable to maintain to people, their interest in those homes skyrockets dramatically.

Flooring Trends Part 2

Here are some more flooring trends that have gained a foothold in the housing market in 2013 and 2014 and will continue on into 2015:

 Wood

 

wood flooring

 

  • Wooden floors are still popular in homes, particularly in kitchens. These are not to be confused with the tiled floors that look like wood.  The most popular kinds of wood floors out right now are laminated wood, which is significantly less expensive than hardwood, and many would say actually looks better.  For those homes that do use hardwood, homeowners and builders are drifting over to dark stains and tones, such as walnut or cherry.  In addition, while the floors are all perfectly new, homeowners are preferring that the wooden floors look old and mid century.

 

  • Another type of wood that has really taken off is bamboo wood. Bamboo is becoming popular because it comes from a renewable resource, and many of the cons previously associated with it have since been remedied, such as shrinkage issues.  Bamboo is also popular as it comes in a variety of different colors.

Vinyl

 

vinyl flooring contractor

 

  • Luxury vinyl may not be near as popular in homes as carpet or wood is, but it is making headway on its own. To make the luxury vinyl more affordable that we see today, the color and look of wood can be printed into squares.  In other words, you can practically take a picture of anything and then turn it into a vinyl tile, and it can be placed into any room.  Most vinyl flooring is found in the bathrooms of homes.

Tile

 

tile flooring

 

  • Finally, tile is also becoming a more prominent part in the housing world. Notably, the actual tiles themselves are becoming larger than the typical foot by foot long tiles that older houses have.  It’s not uncommon for ceramic tiles today to have dimensions of one foot by two feet.  Many of the digital prints that are used on vinyl tile are also used on ceramic tiles, which can give tiles either a marble, concrete, or a hardwood look and feel.