Morse Constructions Named Best of Houzz 2013 -- Plus Hot Houzz Trends

We were delighted to receive a Best of Houzz 2013 award for both customer satisfaction and design. If you're not familiar with Houzz, you can check it out here. Houzz is the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design and has 11 million monthly users.

According to Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz, “the ‘Best of’ winners are professionals recognized by our community of homeowners and home design enthusiasts for delivering exceptional customer service and results, and for creating the most inspiring and innovative residential designs in the past year.”

Customer Satisfaction award winners are selected based on reviews from homeowner members. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among Houzz users. We couldn't be more thrilled to be named Best of Houzz in both categories! View our Houzz profile

Hot Trends
By analyzing professional images added to the most ideabooks on Houzz over the past year, Best of Houzz 2013 also serves as barometer for decorating and remodeling trends across the U.S. and around the world. Here's what the Houzz editors discovered:

  • Houzzers want to make a statement from the moment you open their front door. Popular entryways feature elaborate wall treatments such as stone, board and batten and creative storage for shoes and coats.


  • Kitchen favorites include bold pendant lighting over islands and specialized built-ins to help keep cooking essentials (like spatulas and baking pans) neat and tidy. Houzzers are also drawn to architOversized shower by Morse Constructionsectural details like crown molding, trim and breadboard, tray and coffered ceilings, as well as neutral color palettes and shaker-style cabinetry.


  • Must-haves for the bathroom are open shower spaces with glass doors, an abundance of natural light and bold tiles that are either very large or very small in size.

  • Laundry rooms are getting a makeover with bright, bold hues and special touches to make the room feel less industrial and more homey such as stained glass and wallpaper.

  • Firepits and outdoor fireplaces top wish lists for outdoor spaces. Stone and paver pathways and patios are also favorites. Houzzers are maximizing outdoor spaces for entertaining.

  • Garages are no longer just for cars and storage. Houzzers are finding inspiration in garages transformed into a potting shed, playspace, man-cave or home office.

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Renovation Trends for 2013

The start of a new year always kicks off predictions from the experts about what we’ll be seeing in the next 12 months. Trend watchers in the home design and remodeling arena predict that the following will be popular in the year ahead:


Open spaces: Open, airy floor plans are in right now. Homeowners with older homes can Open floor plan renovationachieve the flow of an open floor plan by taking down walls. If you want to retain discrete rooms but yearn for a more open look, consider adding interior glass doors and windows to increase natural light.


Multi-generational housing:  New home builders report an increase in buyers for homes specifically designed for multi-generational living. Flexible, first-floor spaces; separate entrances; and larger kitchen and living areas coupled with more intimate private spaces are particularly popular with families blending several generations into one space.


Quartz countertops:  For a while, granite was the “go to” choice for kitchen counters. Now everybody is talking about quartz. The man-made stone is easy to care for, nearly indestructible and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns.


Going green:  More owners are opting for energy-efficient or chemical-free products in their homes.  Adding insulation, sealing air leaks, upgrading HVAC, using low VOC (volatile organic compound) products, low- and dual-flush toilets and energy-efficient LED lighting will be on many homeowners’ To-Do lists this year.


Hardwood:  Hardwood floors never went out of style, but now they are even cropping up in bathrooms, thanks to a growing range of pre-finished or engineered options. Pre-finished woods provide a very durable finish without the mess of on-site sanding. In addition, engineered wood floors work well with under-floor heating systems.


Streamlined bathrooms: With an emphasis on natural materials and lots of light, bathroom design is veering towards the minimalist this year. Simple, clutter-free vanities, wall-mounted toilets, single-basin sinks and simplified fixtures will all spruce up your bathroom in a new, modern way.



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