2018 Home Remodeling Trends

With 2018 having arrived, there are some new remodeling trends emerging. These trends indicate what potential buyers are looking for and can help you prioritize your remodeling projects. “When it comes to the changes you can make to your home, the options are endless,” said Paulette Sodemann, designer with Callen Construction in Muskego. “If you plan on selling you home in the next few years, or if you are just looking to make some needed upgrades, knowing the latest trends is a great place to start the remodeling process.”

The number one trend continues to be enhanced accessibility accommodations. In the last several years, homeowners have had an increased focus on aging in place. “Now more than ever, those looking to buy are looking for a universal design with ease of access,” said Paulette. Specifically, these remodeling projects include widening hallways and doorways and enhancing safety in bathrooms.

Luxury is likely to be a common theme among this year’s trends; specifically, an attached luxury bathroom and closet to make a master suite. “No longer is a small master bath attached to the bedroom, but rather the best accommodations are reserved for this space,” she said. “Increased storage will be popular in this area as well.”

2018 Home Remodeling Trends

As homeowners seek additional space, the addition of a mudroom is becoming more popular. “This space will allow children to store their coats and dirty shoes before entering the home, plus it is a perfect location for laundry facilities,” Paulette said. “It might also serve as additional storage space for outdoor wear and necessities.”

Eco-friendly remodeling is a trend that’s here to stay, as homeowners and homebuyers are both looking for dwellings with upgraded insulation, smart home automation features, and earth-friendly construction materials.

While the majority of homeowners desire a finished basement, current trends are pointing to going the extra mile with a basement remodel. “This means more than just waterproofing and laying down flooring. Basements are being renovated to include all the amenities of a home’s main levels,” said Paulette. “A small kitchenette in the basement is becoming very popular, as is a full bathroom. In addition, a basement is a perfect place for a home theater.”

In 2018, Paulette said it is likely luxury remodels will take center stage. “While kitchen and bathroom remodeling will always be popular, there are many other areas of the home where you can invest your money to improve them,” she said. “Regardless of the reasons behind improvement projects, consider a few of these updates to help your home stand apart from the rest.”



The Most Wonderful Time of Year to Plan a Remodeling Project

The Most Wonderful Time of Year to Plan a Remodeling Project

The holidays, the time of year we are supposed to enjoy with family, relax, and not be stressed out. This month, I’m going to give some personal remodeling advice that I hope helps alleviate some stress and give you something to ponder with regard to your next remodeling project.

The common thought is to wait to until after the holidays are done to begin thinking about remodeling the house. Now I know what a lot of you are thinking – we start the holidays way too early. If you’ve been to stores, you have seen holiday lights up since before Halloween. Is this early? Perhaps. My point is, at the mention of “the holidays,” many of you reading this begin to stress out. The last thing on your mind is likely your next remodeling project.

Here’s my advice – start thinking and planning for remodeling your home now. It takes your mind in another direction, and don’t worry, there will still be plenty of time to trim the tree and bake cookies. Giving your brain something else to work on is a healthy and positive move, in my opinion.

Also, designers need time to well, design. There is a great deal of communication and planning required for kitchen, bathroom, and lower level remodeling projects that you can do even before the Callen crew would show up at your house to begin that exciting project.

The sooner your start the planning, the sooner the project will be done. You get a jump-start on others and will likely be done before the first robin arrives in spring.

Exterior projects are the same. Callen can and will install windows, doors, siding, and roofing in winter!

So, go ahead and start the holidays – hang the lights, decorate your house, shop for gifts, and bake cookies. But don’t forget to start thinking, planning, and meeting with a designer at Callen to start your remodeling project. It may just take some of the stress out of the most wonderful time of year!

Happy Holidays (yes, a bit early) to everyone!

Paul Kronforst



Home Renovation Trends for 2017 and Beyond

No matter how much you love your home’s current layout, there will always be new design ideas and trends to tickle your fancy. Just remember to choose trends with staying power that will truly enhance the beauty and personality of your home. As we near the end of 2016 and look forward to the new year, consider these popular home renovation trends when planning your next project, brought to you courtesy of Callen Construction, the leading remodeling company in Milwaukee.

Home Renovation Trends for 2017 and BeyondCozy Fireplaces

The homey warmth of a fireplace is always in style. Whether you want to save energy with a wood-burning fireplace or prefer to avoid the mess and hassle of wood by using gas, the fireplace and surrounding mantel will quickly become the focal point of your room. Fireplace surrounds made of stone or stone accents can be rustic or elegant, depending on the rest of your decor. Group furniture around it during fall and winter months for the perfect gathering place to relax, unwind, and count your blessings.

Cool Colors

Combinations of blues and greys continue to gain in popularity for paint colors and home accessories. Shades of blue with grey undertones give a calming aura to your home, while deeper blues and blue with green undertones add a bold, yet still sophisticated, feel. And if you’re looking for a little elegance, a neutral grey color scheme paired with warm colors and rich wood accents is the way to go.

Marvelous Marble

If you love the timeless look of marble but can’t afford a large-scale renovation, try bringing its classic coolness to a smaller space: the bathroom. Accent the room with a marble backsplash, or go bigger with marble flooring. Even small home accessories made from marble will add elegance.

Trust the Experts at Callen

If you would like to incorporate any of these trends into your bathroom or kitchen remodeling in Brookfield, contact Callen today at 414-765-2585. We look forward to getting your home renovation underway.



Pick the Perfect Paint

By Doreen Schofield

Giving a room a fresh paint job is a great way to start clean and give the room a whole new theme and feel, according to Doreen Schofield, a designer with Callen. Doreen explains how to choose the perfect paint color to give it a brand new vibe, as well as when you’re planning an extensive interior remodel.

“Color accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or place, so it’s important to pick a color that will set the mood for the room,” said Doreen.

When it comes to bedrooms, blue is a favorite choice because it is calming and a logical choice for slumber-inducing relaxation. Soft, cool colors and neutrals create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are more for drama.

“The dining room is another story. Warmer, contrasting, and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere while deeper blue-greens will give it a more formal ambiance.”

Doreen also mentioned the importance of lighting. “Natural daylight shows the truest color, incandescent lighting brings out warm tones, and fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.” While keeping this in mind, a strong color may be too bright and overpowering when used on all of your walls or walls next to large windows. Strong colors will be more effective when used on an accent wall with indirect light.

“Consider choosing a color for one room and painting the adjacent space two shades lighter or darker using tones from the same color chip.” Doreen explained this creates a smooth, seamless transition between the spaces.

Interior Design Paint ColorsOne way to decide on a paint color is to find inspiration around you and build off key elements in your house. A painting, rug, or piece of furniture may inspire the theme for the entire room. Once you decide on a color scheme that reflects your mood, start small by experimenting in a bathroom or in a hallway to see if the paint captures the look you were going for.

“Remember, think of the vibe you want your room to hold, take lighting into account, and always fall back to the trusty color wheel for making complementary and color cohesive choices.”

Callen’s design specialists can assist you in selecting the best colors for your renovated space. Call Callen, the leading remodeling company in Brookfield, for inspiration on how to get started.