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Remodeling trends for 2013 all about changing aesthetic, ease of use

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This time of year, it’s common practice to look back at the year that was, the stories and trends that shaped 2012. An optimist might claim it was this was the year the housing market angled its way back on track. A bruised and battered industry began the healing process, and in some places, even flourished.

Let’s take a moment to look forward. With 2013 comes a new adventure. Trends will evolve as trends so often do, and with any luck, builders, designers and architects will continue to see growth and opportunity.

That’s why Professional Remodeler recently tasked the Neil Kelly Company, a remodeling operation based in Portland, Ore., with compiling a list of the 10 biggest remodeling trends for 2013. We won’t give away the store, but her are some of the predicted remodeling trends we’re really excited about:

Countertops
Granite has been dethroned. While granite isn’t going away and still has many die-hard fans, the new king of countertops will be quartz composite — the closest thing to no maintenance, bullet-proof countertop materials available today.

Glass Backsplashes
Glass mosaic tile is on the way out. Taking its place are glass/stone/tile mosaic composites that can add more texture and visual interest and that tie in more readily with stone or quartz countertops. Be on the lookout for back-painted, solid glass panel backsplashes in contemporary settings, which provides an ultra-clean, almost ethereal look to a polished, modern kitchen setting.

Stylishly Simple Sinks
Goodbye double-sinks, hello deep single-bowl sinks. With accessories such as fitted colanders and dish drains, deep single-bowl sinks have all the benefits of a divided sink, plus the large size to actually fit that roasting pan or those baking sheets into the sink all at once. Stainless is still popular, but the quartz composites are a great value and durable option.

Healthy Home, Healthy Living
Green and sustainable design is here to stay. The number one trend for 2013 will be to create a healthy living environment, free of toxins and harsh chemicals. More and more homeowners are taking advantage of federal and state incentives to evaluate their home’s energy efficiency and overall performance. Upgrade trends include the use of low VOC materials to improve indoor air quality, testing combustion safety, and radon mitigation.

What remodeling trend do you predict for 2013?