Each new year brings new inspiration and ideas, and our homes often become the centerpiece of our creative expressions as we shed the past and look to the future. With the increase in ride-sharing and walkable developments, garages may not be at the top of every buyer’s wish list, and some homes are constructed without them. Most Americans are now aware of the “trade wars” that are currently getting a lot of coverage in the news, and are undoubtedly wondering how they might be affected by the new policies.Looking ahead to the New Year, color, patterns and textures take center stage in 2018. So get ready to add style and distinction to your home by checking out some highlights that we’ve compiled here.The holidays are knocking at your door once again. A very popular amenity that’s found in many homes, newly built or existing – and one that’s on many homeowners’ wish lists – is a Home Theater or Media Room. The cooler temperatures are perfect for completing projects you may have put off during the summer. Here are some popular ones we’ve selected.If you live in a home built prior to 1980 as millions of Americans do, you’ve probably found that upgrading your home has become a necessity. Homes designed or updated with energy efficient features and appliances are highly valued in today’s housing market. For any remodeling project in your home, the finishing touch typically includes choosing compatible accent colors that work with the style you’ve chosen. Lighting your newly remodeled kitchen is as important as designing it. It’s an essential element of the remodeling process that has a long-term impact on how inviting and functional one of the most-used spaces in your home will be.The open floor plan is a spacious, informal interior space that connects with other areas of the home. In most typical open floor plans, the living and dining room combine into a great room space that flows into the kitchen area.