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We hear similar stories repeated in different ways from our clients; At first, they look forward to stolen weekend's to golf & relax in the desert - they gradually discover they're crafting ways to spend more time here until it becomes clear, life just doesn't get any better than this."

Once that realization hit's, the process of change begins... We know what an extraordinary commodity your home is - buying or selling a home can be one of the most important decisions you will make and having the right team on your side will make the difference.

We specialize in homes throughout the Palm Springs Valley including Palm Desert Real Estate & Homes, Indian Wells Real Estate & Homes, La Quinta Real Estate & Homes, Rancho Mirage Real Estate & Homes, Palm Springs Real Estate & Homes& Indio Hills Real Estate & Homes. Whether you want to buy or sell an estate, lock & leave property with income potential, a resort property, land to build your dream home, or a property located in a country club or golf community we know the desert and are here to help. Our motto, If its important to you, it's important to us, guides us as we help our clients buy or sell a home in the desert.

Thank you for visiting DesertAreaHomeFinder.com, we hope you find our site helpful and we look forward to speaking with you it's easy, just click on the picture of a cell phone in the upper right corner of this web site and it will ring our cell phone directly.

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Staging Tips Incorporating New Design Trends

New Design style, color, and patterns are a great way to keep your home looking fresh and current and also adds appeal to potential home buyers when you’re selling your home.  When staging your home to sell, here are a couple of staging tips incorporating new design trends.
Staging tips incorporating new design trends

Color Thread – A new color can feel like it belongs if you repeat the color in different ways throughout a room and carry it through the house, like a thread of color weaving its way through each room in small but impactful ways.

Example, start with a bold area rug in the Great Room that introduces your new color palette. Add throw pillows, a pot with a live plant, a few accessories and maybe a piece of art that also have your new colors.

Color Thread

As you go through the house, find at least 3 areas in each room to bring your new colors in, subtle ways. It could be as simple as a few books on a shelf with your colors, a throw across the bed. Towels in the bathroom with bath soaps. Have a recipe book on the Kitchen counter open to a delicious looking recipe with your colors, a bowl of all the same fruit in your colors.

Painting or wallpapering a feature wall in the Great Room, or Master Bedroom with an element of your new color palette can add a wow factor to any room.

Match your decor to your home’s style and price range. It goes back to knowing who your buyer is, and creating the right lifestyle.  For example, you wouldn’t want to use fussy traditional furniture in a desert contemporary home.  If your home is high-end, then your accessories and furniture should also look high-end.

 

Out with the old and in with the new

2018 Home Design Trends –
What to Ditch and What to Look for

OUT – Chevron Patterns and Gray
Out of style Chevron Pattern
Time to ditch the Chevron pattern that we’ve seen everywhere from wallpaper to lampshades. Muted gray and white is on the way out, making way for color.

 

IN – Color 
2018 Color trend yellowWarm rich color is making its way onto walls, moldings, and furniture in a big way.  Peacock Blues and Greens, Burnt Orange, and even pops of “Gen Z Yellow”

2018 Color Trend

OUT – White Kitchens and Large Range Hoods 
Oversized Range Hood

All white Kitchens are still popular, however, black, two tone cabinets, and wood tone cabinets are the trend for 2018 with Quartz counters.

 

 

IN – Warm Woods and Integrated Range Hoods
2018 Integrated Range Hood

 

 

 

 

 

OUT – White on White Everything
White on White
Monochromatic white on white interiors are giving way to more realistic lifestyles that include kids and dogs.  Look for rich warm colors to show up in 2018.


IN – Warm Color

2018 Dining Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT – Farmhouse Style
Outdated Farm house look

 

The Farmhouse look has been in style for about 4 years.  2018 Style trends are moving toward minimal design.

 

 


IN – Warm and Minimal

2018 Interior Design Trend

Desert Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule

Headed to the Desert to play Golf?   Take a look at our 2017 Desert Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule so you don’t miss one minute of Great Golf!

Desert Golf Course Over Seeding       
If you’re unfamiliar with the Phenomenon of our Desert Golf Course Over Seeding, here are the basics of what you will see happening on our local courses over the next couple of months. Currently, our local golf courses have warm-weather Bermuda grass on the fairways and tees and almost every course in the desert has some Bermuda on their greens. 

Bermuda grass goes dormant and turns brown during the cooler winter months. So to keep the courses green and playable, they cut the Bermuda grass so short it’s mostly dirt, then they spread tons of winter rye grass seed and add lots of water. During the over seeding process and while waiting for the winter rye to take hold well enough to stand up to play, the courses close during the grow-in period, usually 3 – 4 weeks.

Here is a partial list of our Local Desert Golf Course
Over Seeding Schedules by City, then by Club

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for

 

PALM DESERT
See All Available Palm Desert Golf Course Properties HERE 
BIGHORN Golf Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - BIGHORN Golf Club

Mountain Course
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 3, 2017
Canyon Course
Closing October 9 – Reopening November 10, 2017

Classic Club Palm Desert
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Classic Club
Closing October 9 – Reopening November 11, 2017

Desert Willow Golf Resort
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Desert Willow Mountain Course
Mountain View Course 
Closing September 25 – Reopening October 26, 2017
Firecliff Course
Closing November 13 – Reopening December 25, 2017

Desert Falls Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Desert Falls Country Club
Closing October 9 – Reopening November 10, 2017

Ironwood Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Ironwood Country Club
South Course Closing October 14 – Reopening November 22, 2017
North Course Closing October 2 – Reopening November 7, 2017

Monterey Country Club
Monterey Country Club
East Nine Closing October 2 – Reopening October 28, 2017
South Nine Closing October 9 – Reopening November 11, 2017
West Nine Closing October 16 – Reopening November 18, 2017

Palm Valley Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Palm Valley Country Club
Champion Course
October 9 – Reopening November 10, 2017
Challenge Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening October 20, 2017

Stone Eagle Golf Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Stone Eagle Golf Club
Closing September 25 – Reopening November 10, 2017

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for

INDIAN WELLS

See ALL Available Indian Wells Fairway Properties Available HERE

Desert Horizons Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Desert Horizons Country Club
Closing September 24 – Reopening November 11, 2017


Eldorado Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Eldorado Country Club
Closing September 25 – Reopening November 7, 2017

Indian Wells Country Club
Desert Golf Course Overseeding - Indian Wells Country Club
Classic Course
Closing October 9 – Reopening November 10, 2017
Cove Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening October 28, 2017

Indian Wells Golf Resort 
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Indian Wells Golf Resort
Celebrity Course
Closing October 16 – Reopening November 2, 2017
Players Course
Closing September 2 – Reopening October 12, 2017

The Reserve Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - The Reserve Club
Closing  September 25 – Reopening November 10, 2017

Toscana Country Club
Golf Course Over Seeding - Toscana Country Club
South Course
Closing September 26 – Reopening November 11, 2017
North Course
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 11, 2017

The Vintage Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - The Vintage Club
Mountain Course
Closed – Reopening  November 11, 2017
Desert Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening November 11, 2017

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for

RANCHO MIRAGE
See ALL Available Rancho Mirage Golf Course Properties HERE
Mission Hills Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Mission Hills Country Club 
Arnold Palmer Course
Closing October 13 – Reopening November 10, 2017
Dinah Shore Course
Closing October 20 – Reopening November 17, 2017
Pete Dye Course
Closing November 5 – Reopening December 5, 2017

The Club at Morningside
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - The Club at Morningside
Closing October 1 – Reopening November 7, 2017

Tamarisk Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Tamarisk Country Club
Closing October 1  – Reopening November 10, 2017

Thunderbird Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Thunderbird Country Club
Closing  October 1 – Reopening November 4, 2017

The Springs Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - The Springs Country Club
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 9, 2017

Westin Mission Hills
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Westin Mission Hills Golf
Pete Dye Course
Closing September 29 – Reopening October 23, 2017
Gary Player Course
Closing October 30 – Reopening November 23, 2017

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for

BERMUDA DUNES
Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 3, 2017

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for

LA QUINTA
See ALL Available Fairway Homes in La Quinta HERE

Andalusia Country Club

Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Andalusia at Coral Mountain
Closing October 1 –  Reopening November 10, 2017

PGA West
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - PGA West

Stadium Course
Closing October 9  – Reopening November 2, 2017
Jack Nicklaus Course
Closing October 2 – Reopening October 26, 2017
Greg Norman Course
Closing October 27 – Reopening November 21, 2017
Jack Nicklaus Private Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening October 26, 2017
Arnold Palmer Private Course
Closing October 20 – Reopening November 21, 2017
Tom Weiskopf Course
Closing September 18 – Reopening October 19, 2017

The Citrus Club at La Quinta
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Citrus at la Quinta

The Citrus Course
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 2, 2017
The Mountain Course
Closing October 23 – Reopening November 2, 2017
The Dunes Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening October 19, 2017

Hideaway Golf Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - HIdeaway Golf Club
Pete Dye Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening November 11, 2017
Clive Clark Course
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 17, 2017

The Quarry at La Quinta
Desert Golf Course Over Seeing - The Quarry at La Quinta
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 10, 2017

Silver Rock Resort
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Silver Rock Resort
Closing October 9 – Reopening November 7, 2017

Tradition Golf Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Tradition Golf Club
Closing September 25 – Reopening November 11, 2017

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for
INDIO
See ALL of the Available Indio Fairway Homes HERE
Golf Club Terra Lago
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Golf Club Terra Lago
South Course
Closed  – Reopening October 7, 2017
North Course
Closing October 12 – Reopening November 22, 2017

Indian Palms Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule - Indian Palms Country Club
Indian Course
Closing September 5 – Reopening October 13, 2017
Mountain Course
Closing September 5 – Reopening October 13, 2017
Royal Course
Closing September 5 – Reopening October 13, 2017

Late Spring. when the temperatures rise, the rye grass dies out naturally, but the Bermuda grass which has been dormant over the winter comes back to life. With the help of our highly educated golf course superintendents here in the desert.

In years past the over seeding process created billows of dirt and dust into the air creating a dusty, air-choking, allergy inducing haze across the entire valley, sending anyone with allergies running to the medicine cabinet for help. Today,  the process is much gentler, better for the courses and for the desert air quality.

Resorts with multiple courses will stagger the over seeding schedules to keep at least one course open while the other course is closed. By the end of November, all of the desert courses are a shimmering emerald green, just in time for the snowbirds arrival and another great golf season in the Desert!

Looking for that perfect Desert Resort Lifestyle?  We are Local Experts, specializing in the best opportunities available in Desert Fairway and Resort Properties.  Contact us directly for more details Cathi Cell: (760) 218 – 5752  or Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com

 

Remodel or Buy New?

Should Your Remodel Your Home or Buy New?Should You Remodel or Buy New?  It’s a big question, not all remodeling projects will return your cash investment and that may be okay if you’re doing it to enhance your lifestyle and you plan on living in your home for many more years.

However, if you think you might move in the next 3 – 5 years you should know what the best home improvements are for the highest return.  Or it may make more sense for you to find a home that better fits your lifestyle and needs.

We’ve created this Checklist to help you think through all the steps of Remodeling.  The purpose is to address all aspects of your Remodeling Project and the process, so you can clearly define what you really want to accomplish, arrive at a practical end product in a style that suits your family and within your budget.

FIRST, SOME BROAD QUESTIONS:
Off the top of your head, what are the Top 3 priorities that immediately come to mind when you think about you remodeling project?

Are You Planning to Remodel the Entire Space, (Interior and / or Exterior) Or Partial remodel such as Kitchen or Bathrooms?

Do you have a budget in mind?
What is the low, medium and
your “Not to Exceed” Budget?

What is your timeline?
    Do you have a drop dead date the remodel
must be completed by?

ABOUT The space  –
What will it be used for and Who will use it?
     Is this currently, or will it become your
Permanent Residence?
Vacation Property?
Will it be used as a rental for income?

Household Members:
How many Adults, Children, Pets?

Any Special Needs?
     Counter Heights, Door Width,
Handicap, Elderly or Small Children?

Is Entertaining Important?
Your Entertaining Style is:

Formal / Informal / Both

How many guests typically?

What type of entertaining?

Meals, Music, Games, Movies, BBQ?

Any Special Cooking Facilities Required?

Professional Grade Appliances

Island with Second Prep Sink

Walk In Pantry

Butler’s Pantry
Wine Storage

Does More Than One Person Cook at a Time?

Where Do You Like To Eat Meals?

Dining Table, Kitchen Table, Kitchen
Counter, Family Room, Other?

 Hobbies?

Reading, Cooking, Home Theater, Music,
Crafts, Sewing, Sports, Other?

Any Technical Needs?

Computer, Laptop, Docking Station,

Charging Station, Wireless Hub, Satellite,

Surround Sound, Home Theater

 

Home Office?

Any special needs such as Soundproofing,

Computers, Task Lighting, Storage, Printer

Dedicated Entrance

 

Lighting?

Locations that may need more lighting?

Specialized Lighting for Art (niches or walls)

Bathroom or Kitchen Task Lighting

Family or Living Room Ambient Lighting

 

Storage Needs?

Garage Cabinets / Closet Organizers

Books, Holiday Decorations, Kitchen

Appliances or Serving Dishes

 

 

EXTERIOR SPACE

What are the most important outdoor spaces?

Patio Dining, Covered Outdoor Living, Pool,

Spa, Fire pit, Outdoor Kitchen with BBQ, Sun

Deck, Private Spa, Putting Green, Fountain

or Water Feature, Courtyard Garden Entry.

INTERIOR SPACE

What interior features are important to you?

Wet or Dry Bar with or without Seating,

Built in Refrigerator, Fireplace in Living or

Master Suite, Separate Closets in Master,

Guesthouse,

Do You Want to Add or Enlarge?

A room or Guest House?

Wine Room

Butler Pantry

Exercise Room

AC to Garage

Home Theater or Sound System

 

Do You Want to Add or Enlarge – Continued

Home Automation System –
What will it control?

Remote Controlled Window Coverings

Remove a Wall to Open two rooms together

Power Awnings

Security Screens or Gates

 

 

ENVIRONMENT

Are “Green” Objectives important to you?

Energy Audit for Cost vs benefit Analysis

Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling
Energy Efficient Appliances

Solar

Backup Generator System

Low Water Landscape

Low Water Fixtures

Indoor Air Quality – Duct Cleaning

Dual Pane Windows, Low “E”

Duct Sealing

New Insulation

 AMBIENCE

What Atmosphere Do You Want to Create?      

Casual, Formal with defined spaces, Clean

Lines, Warm & Cozy, Open Light and Airy,

Elegant, Sophisticated, Lived In, Romantic,

Welcoming, Contemporary

What is Your Style?

Tuscan, Beachy, Old World, Mediterranean,
Cottage, Art Deco, Asian, Tropical, Mission,

Southwest, Modern Minimalist,

Contemporary,

 

Color and Tone Preferences:

Lighter or Darker

Cool such as Blue, Gray, Black,     White,

Warm such as Earth Tones Beige, Brown,

Subtle Tones or Bold and Bright

 

Colors You Dislike:

 

Hard Surface Material You Like?

 

Hard Materials You Dislike?

 

Flooring Preferences?

Wood, Cork, Bamboo, Carpet, Marble,

Stone, Concrete, Ceramic or Porcelain Tile,

Saltillo Tile, Combination, Other

 

Counter / Vanity Preferences?

Granite, Marble, Quartz, Tile, Wood

 

Accent Preferences?

Stone, Texture, Wallpaper, Contrast Paint

Mirror, Glass,

Window Treatment Preference?

Bermuda Shutters, Verticals Blinds, Pleated

Shades, Motorized Solar Shade, Drapes,

Roman Shades, Grass Roll up, Ceiling

Pockets for Disappearing Electric Shades

Door and Cabinet Hardware Preference?

Knobs, Levers, Pulls Bronze, Chrome, Satin

Nickel, Brass, Other

Cabinet Finish and Door Style Preference?

What Style do you like?

Stained or Painted

Wood interior or Melamine

Self-closing drawers

Full extension drawers

Corner Turn Table

Custom Built or Pre Fab Cabinets

 

KITCHEN

How do you use your Kitchen?

 

Do you want family and Guests in the Kitchen to Help or Do You Prefer the Kitchen to be a Separate Room out of sight?

 

How many Cooks in the Kitchen at the same time?

 

Is the Primary Cook Left or Right Handed?

 

Does the Cook Have Any Special Needs?

Disability

Height

 

Do You Use Caterers to Prep, Serve and Clean Up for Entertaining?

 

KITCHEN – continued

Where do you want the family to eat?

Kitchen Table

Kitchen Bar

Are there Small Children to Accommodate?

Do you want the Kitchen Open the Family Room?

 

Do you Want a Formal Dining Room?

Seating for how many people

What is Your Cooking Style?

Gourmet

Family Style

Do you Bake

 

What Type of Food Prep Do You Need?

Daily Heat & Serve

Daily Full Course Meals

Weekend Family Meals

Weekend Entertaining

Quantity Cooking

 

Any Secondary Activities or Amenities You Want in the Kitchen?

Computer or Recipe Desk

Wet Bar

Wine Storage

Homework or Craft Station

Laundry

Herb Garden

TV

Charging Station

Integrated Refrigeration Drawers

 

 

ORIENTATION OF KITCHEN

Partition walls be removed or altered?

Florescent Lighting to be Removed?

Relocate the Sink or Appliances

Add a Gas Line

Add a Second Water line and Drain

Add an Island

Reconfigure or add a Work Triangle

Add Skylight

Add More Lighting

EQUIPMENT TO INCORPORATE INTO KITCHEN

Professional / Residential Grade Appliances,

Microwave, Trash Compactor, Icemaker,

Dishwasher, Separate Cooktop with Gas or

Electric, Double Ovens, Convection Oven,

Built In Refrigerator / Freezer: style and size,

Double or Single Bowl Sink, Second Sink, Pot

Filler at Cook Top, Instant Hot, Filtered

Water, Updraft or downdraft vent,

Architectural hood, Wine Cooler.

STORAGE SYSTEMS

Do You shop in bulk and need extra storage?

What cooking equipment needs to be accommodated, i.e. Pots, Pans, Small Appliances

Specialized Storage such as spices, cleaning supplies, baking equipment, cutlery, plastic storage containers, non-refrigerated foods

Recycling receptacles  and location

Display Storage such as Cookbooks, Dinner or

Glassware, Wine,

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

Are there enough electrical outlets

Do you need to bring a Gas Line in

Is there enough light

Add recessed lighting

Are light switches where you want them

Add dimmer switches

Is ventilation and cooking exhaust adequate

Preferred cabinet door style

Cabinet Facing Material,

Wood Stained, Painted or Washed,

Laminate or Thermofoil

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

Sink Material

Faucet Finish

Counter Material

Backsplash Material

Flooring Material

Wall and Ceiling Paint Color

Lighting,

Pedant, under cabinet, recessed, display

cabinet lighting

BATHROOM

How with the Bathroom be Used?

Is it for personal, family or guest use? Are there special needs now or in the future such as height, handicap, small children, etc.?

Do you need to accommodate any non-traditional activities such as Laundry or Washing Pets?

How much Storage do you need?

ORIENTATION OF BATHROOM

Is the Bathroom large enough

Can you relocate a door or window to help

Is it connected to a Bedroom as you like

Is there enough natural light

Add a skylight or solar tube

Remove Tub and Add Walk in Shower

BATHROOM FIXTURES

Change or Upgrade Toilets

Whirlpool Tub

Shower for One or Two People

Adjustable Show Heads

Multiple Shower Heads

Body Sprays

Bidet

Glass Enclosure

No Enclosure, Walk In

Pedestal Sinks or Vanity Cabinets with Sinks

Vessel Style Sinks

Chrome, Satin Nickel, Brass, Bronze Fixtures

BATHROOM STORAGE

Salon Style Storage for Hair Dryers, Curling Iron

Electrical Outlets inside Drawers or Cabinets

Towel Bars how many, location

Towel and Linen Storage in or near the Bath

Add Storage or Closet System to Closet

 BATHROOM STYLE, APPEARANCE & FINISH

Cabinets, Single or Double Vanity

Recessed Medicine Cabinet

Wall to Wall or Framed Mirrors

3 Way Mirror

Knee recess / Makeup Mirror

Cabinet Door Style, Finish

Cabinet Hardware

Countertop Material

Sink Material

Backsplash Material

Flooring Material

Heated floors

Faucet Finish

Shower and Tub Surround Material

Enclosure Material

Wall and Ceiling Paint Color

ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Does the Heating and Air Conditioning

System Operate Adequately?

How old is the Water Heater?

Would you consider Tankless Water Heater

Do you want to add water saving fixtures

Are electrical outlets GFCI protected

Hard wired smoke, carbon monoxide, and home

Alarm system

Add Solar Panels

ADDITIONS

Depending upon the layout of your home, it may be possible to add a room without adding to the building’s footprint.  Example, you may be able to convert part of Laundry Room into a Powder Room.

Make a sketch of the layout you want, collect Magazine Clippings, Photos, and bookmark Websites that Illustrate Your Favorite Look and incorporate into an Idea Book where you keep all of your best ideas in one place.

 

Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

Kitchen and Bath Design Trends…
Each year, all the major Kitchen and Bath suppliers come together for The National Kitchen and Bath Show,  the “Design and Construction Week” is the place to be and be seen for Architects, Designers and Contractors to meet and greet new suppliers, spot new Kitchen and Bath Trends and designs for the coming years.

According to KBIS, (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show), and NKBA, (National Kitchen and Bath Association) There are several developing trends you’ll want to take into consideration if you’re beginning a new remodeling project.  Here are the biggest Kitchen and Bath Design Trends they see that will carry you into 2018 and beyond.

SAY FAREWELL TO GRANITE COUNTER TOPS!
We’ve seen the transition away from granite for about 2 years now.  Quartz is now the number one trend and is here to stay for a while.  It’s durable, there are many finish choices and Quartz gives your Kitchen and Bath a fresh new look.
Quartz Kitchen Island  Quartz Counters look like Carrera Marble

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, BRASS IS BACK!
Yep, it is hard to believe.  The trend started about a year ago, we were seeing hints of Blush Blonde accents, (they were trying to ease us 50 something’s into the transition), now bold brass is everywhere you look, from furniture accents to full on Lighting, Plumbing Fixtures and more.  Chrome and satin still reign supreme….for now, but if you want to lean into the trend ahead Brass is it!

Brass is showing up everywhere including the Kitchen Faucet Brass is the Big New Trend in Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

STONE SINKS STAND THE TEST OF TIME
Carved stone sinks are where the trend is headed. Porcelain is still classic and will withstand the test of time but the new hot trends are stone. Stone Sinks for Bath Design Trend Wood and Stone for New Design Trend

BLEACHED WOOD WITH CONTRASTING FINISH CABINETS
A huge trend showing up for 2018 is bleached woods and two tone cabinets. White has come and is now on its way out.
Bleached Wood Uppers Combined with Dark Wood Lower Cabinets  Bleached Wood Cabinets are new Kitchen and Bath Design Trend

BLUE
The biggest trend in Kitchens and Baths right now is color, especially blues.  It’s showing up in everything from cabinets to appliances.
Blue is Everywhere in Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Blue Kitchen Cabinets

COLOR IS EVERYWHERE
Cabinets Faucets, Appliances, and even Sinks.

LED lighting is also a new Kitchen and Bath Design Trend Color is showing up everywhere even in your new Kitchen Faucet

WHITE SUBWAY TILE IS ON ITS WAY OUT
Finally, boring white subway tile is on its way out, Texture, color, pattern and unique design are the hottest trends for back splashes and more.

Jazzy Back Splashes, the New Kitchen and Bath Design Trend Quartz Counters and Designer Backsplash

Selling a home in the desert has unique opportunities and perhaps some challenges as well. Home Buyer’s may or may not be full time residents, this might be their weekend get away for the family or a winter respite; they may be more willing to try the newest trend as a departure from the style and design of their main home.

The main thing to remember in any remodeling project, they must blend well and look like they belong in your home. While the newest trends are exciting, incorporating them into your existing home can be a challenge so the remodel doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb. The project needs to fit with the overall style of your home.  For example, if you have a Spanish Hacienda, remodeling the Kitchen to look like a sleek mid century modern may not be the best choice for re-sale. Likewise, remodeling your Kitchen to state of the art Chef’s Kitchen, while the rest of the house and bathrooms remain 1980’s vintage can thwart your best intentions if you’re looking for top dollar on resale.

Before starting a remodeling project, consult with a designer yes, but also consult with your realtor!  Everyday, we see and hear first hand what works and what doesn’t; we hear directly from our Buyers what they’re looking for and where they see value.  When you’re thinking about selling your home, often times it’s some of the smallest things that will give you the biggest return.

As one of the leading teams in the desert real estate market and staging professionals, we work with our home sellers to help bring focus to the highest value projects for the best return on investment. We are local Professionals and offer a Full Suite of Services for our clients, as we did for this client at La Casa Feliz in Thunderbird Terrace, Rancho Mirage, who did a major remodel and wanted to sell their home for top dollar.

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the desert, and want to talk about the latest Kitchen and Bath Design Trends for your home, give us a call today; (760) 218 – 5752.  We’re here with information to share and happy to help.  Get your copy of Desert Living Online, with an ongoing series of home staging articles and desert events. Drop me a line at Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com and we’ll be happy to keep you in the loop!

 

 

 

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  • Palm Desert, CA 92260
  • P: (760) 218 – 5752
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