Josh Temple’s Top 10 Remodeling Trends

Josh Temple – licensed contractor and host of DIY Network's House Crashers and HGTV's Flipping the Block – uses a little humor to share his top home improvement and decorating trends.
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1. Portable Kitchen Island

A kitchen island is a great feature, but it’s also nice to have the flexibility of moving it out of the way when you need more space. This large barnwood island is set on casters, so when the brakes are released, the island can be moved elsewhere. Also, another tip; when planning your kitchen layout, keep a good triangle between refrigerator, sink and stove (equilateral is optimal, but scalene will suffice). Find more kitchen design tips

2. Open Concept

This type of floor plan has been popular for a while now, so we probably need to reclassify it as a trend-that-stuck.  Knocking out walls – typically between the kitchen and living room – to make communal living spaces is great for families and entertaining. Two downsides to this: Tearing down walls is not typically a DIY project, and it creates pressure to always wash the dishes. Check out more design ideas from House Crashers

3. Upcycling

Here is another trend with staying power, and it’s economical too. Find old outdated materials and repurpose them in a new way, like this cow trough that was turned into a bathroom sink.  Take a look at more clever upcycling ideas

4. Retro Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is back!  It’s inexpensive, durable and is available in a plethora of styles. Plus, if your house is older, chances are you already have 3 to 4 layers sitting underneath your current kitchen floor. Check out the flooring buyer's guide

5. Wall Treatments

Wall treatments are a great way to add character to your home.  Wood slats can look fantastic, just make sure to clean and seal with polyurethane.  Designer wallpaper is back as well.  But remember, grandma thought her barn animal themed wallpaper was pretty hip at one time too.  Check out some more wall covering options

6. Update an Old Fireplace

Revamping an old fireplace with tile, stacked stone, concrete or something so old, it’s actually back in style again. Get more ideas for revamping fireplaces

7. Low-E Glass Windows

Replace windows with low-E glass keep costs down, UV rays out and they are great insulators. So, they're cozy AND the neighbors won’t hear you shout at your kids. Learn how to install a new window

8. Sturdy Countertops

Not really a trend, but new countertops can transform a kitchen and there are so many great options: granite, marble, butcher block, quartz, concrete and stainless steel.  I’ve installed all of them.  Let countertops reflect who you are and how you live … unless that happens to be prison. Take a look at a guide to the 7 most popular countertops.

9. Dumpster Design

This is upcycling taken a step further. I'm talking acutally taking objects found in a dumpster and incorporating them into the design. Old metal parts work great. Check out more ideas for creating upcycled tables and desks

10. Clean Lines

This phrase is overused and misused.  Forget “clean lines”, add an “s” and concentrate on cleanliness.  Everything looks better clean! Get kitchen design planning tips