Reusing items in the home and/or installing reclaimed items were mentioned among several of The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards.

A few of the CotY winning projects featured utilized flooring found in salvage companies, reuse of existing cabinetry, reclaiming barn doors and even repurposing a dresser into a bathroom vanity.

John Albrecht, president of Albrecht Wood Interiors Inc., based in Centerville, Ohio, has had a similar experience with clients’ wanting their project to have that antique-look. As a custom cabinet-maker and woodworking expert, Albrecht has noticed a trend toward the distressed wood interiors and away from the sleek, contemporary look.

“Old is new,” Albrecht said. “Clients are consistently asking me to repurpose an old piece of wood into something else or build something new and distress it to look old.”

Other design trends from the 2012 CotY Award Program:

  • Pocket doors: Often used by designers in areas where space is too restricted to use a swinging door.
  • Sunrooms: Many projects this year included sunrooms, which is a great way to increase living space inside and outside.
  • Subway tile: Subway tile is known for its durability and modern aesthetic. It comes in a variety of sizes and colors to match any kitchen or bath.
  • Spray foam insulation: CotY winners this year used a lot of spray foam to insulate projects — keeping warm and cool air in and reducing energy costs in the long-run.

Source: www.proudgreenhome.com

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