January 31, 2017
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9 Kitchen Trends You'll See Everywhere in 2017 - And One That's on the Way Out

You heard it here: 2017 will be the year of custom storage, stainless steel and shiplap.
Houzz has just released their  Kitchen Trends Study for the new year, which polled 2,707 users who are in the midst of, are planning or have recently completed a kitchen renovation. From surprising health benefits to the millennial d├ęcor style of choice, the people have spoken and it's farmhouse features, multicolored countertops and gray walls for the win. Here, the 10 major trends you need to know before you lift that sledgehammer.

Sliding Barn Door Tracks & Hardware
CONTENT PROVIDED BY Ann Anderson from The Tongue and Groove Store

Since sliding barn doors are all the rage in design these days, it is a good idea to get to know sliding barn door hardware and accessories, including what they have to offer for different designs and spaces.
First off, not all barn door hardware is the same. Some products are mass-produced, cheaply made, and available anywhere. They aren't customized, and they certainly aren't designed for quality and longevity compared to the way that most hardware wears out over time. When purchasing sliding door hardware, you want something that is going to last. The door should always slide smoothly over the track and shouldn't bind or jump on the track at all. You also want to consider the amount of noise the track makes. Cheaper hardware designs can be noisy or squeaky. Higher end hardware systems will have fluid ball-bearing carriers and anti-jump bumpers to make sure the door stays on the track and slides quietly and effortlessly.  

Buyers haven't flocked to new homes this much since the bubble

It's fairly common to hear that a particular economic data point is the best since the recession. But you'd have to go back a bit further to compare the last time home builder sentiment was so high.
In December, builder sentiment, as measured by the National Association of Home Builders' housing market index, surged to the highest reading since July 2005 - the height of the housing bubble.