2015 Bath Trends

However you may refer to your home’s restroom area, typical home-design is trending to spacious walk-in showers, free-standing bathtubs, heated floors and water-saving toilets.

With today’s busy lifestyles impacting eco-conscious homeowners and builders, designers are seeing a decrease in bath tub instillations. Instead, homeowners are spending their money on cavernous walk-in showers with elegant hand-held sprays, multiple shower heads and floor-to-ceiling tile and stonework.

For those homeowners who still prefer the classic bathtub, designers are encouraging an art deco look with freestanding tubs. Spa-quality jet bathtubs and large lay-down options are growing in popularity for those craving an in-home relaxing experience. While builders note a decline in installations of tubs, it is still possible to have the best of both worlds: a large walk-in-model shower and a beautiful and comfortable stand-alone tub.

2014 CRBRA Parade of Homes rustic-bathroom

Additionally, the movement to build eco-friendly homes has also spurred homeowners to purchase cost-saving and energy-efficient appliances, such as a toilet with low-flow and dual-flow options.

Other bathroom trends to expect for 2015 include heated floors, LED lighting, his-and-hers vanity with sinks, high-tech and sensor-operated faucets and metallic fixtures such as chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.

Best of Houzz

 Witt Construction Receives
Best Of Houzz 2015 Award


Witt Construction Takes Top Honor for Design in “Best Of Houzz 2015”

Annual Survey and Analysis of Community of 25 Million+ Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Home Remodeling Professionals and Design Trends

Witt Construction, 563 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, has taken the highest honor for design for the third time in Houzz’ rating of top home remodeling professionals. Houzz (, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2015 recently. The online publication is a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz — from tile, stone and countertop pros, to painters.

“Houzz connects people with the best home professional for their project by providing the only 360-degree view of a professional, from their portfolio, client reviews, awards and accreditations to their work style and expertise based on their participation in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to join our community in recognizing the talented professionals on Houzz who are delivering incredible designs and delightful customer experiences.”

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Service and Design. Customer Service honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” Winners received a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Witt took home both the Customer Service award, as well as the Design award in 2014.

About Witt Construction

John Witt, president of Witt Construction, Inc., builds award-winning, custom-designed homes that are beautiful, energy-efficient and enduring in their value. Witt Construction, founded in 1987, builds custom and semi-custom homes in and around the historic city of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and the surrounding Capital Region. The company is recognized in the industry and by clients as the prominent custom-home builder in the extended Saratoga area and is noted for homes that feature unique spaces, signature built-ins and superior craftsmanship.

Recognition & Awards

  • New York State Historic Preservation Award
  • Saratoga Plan – Preserving Land and Nature
  • City of Saratoga Springs Preservation Award
  • Saratoga Showcase of Homes
  • Custom Builder Magazine
  • Custom Home Magazine
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • Professional Builder Magazine
  • Houzz, for design and customer service

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit

For more information, or to speak directly with President John Witt, contact Marci Robinson, executive assistant to the president, Witt Construction, at 518-587-4113 or

Throwback Thursday!

#TBT to the ribbon cutting event at the newly renovated Riggi Theater this past summer. Witt Construction renovated the theater that now features a stage, high-definition projector, and house and stage lights controlled by an iPad.

Off the Cuff: A Conversation with John Witt and the New Remodeling Team

Homeowners’ desire to remodel their home — instead of moving into a new one – is surging in New York’s Capital Region and Witt Construction has established a new division just to respond to the demand. President John Witt has added two people to his staff dedicated full time to the remodeling process: Project Manager Brendan Maydick and Assistant Project Manager Andrea Rollier-Fitzpatrick. Currently, eight such projects are underway, with more coming on line all the time.

They took some time recently to reflect on their work:

Q: Why are people choosing to remodel, rather than move?

Witt: Location, location, location. If you’re already where you want to be, make the house fit your needs. People understand and believe that more and more — that’s why business is booming. I am especially gratified that many of our remodel clients are already living in homes we built for them in the last 25 years. Their needs and lifestyles have changed and they come back to us to design renovations that reflect that. I’m happy, because it means they feel we did a good job for them in the first place.

Maydick: The market is really strong right now for homes in and around Saratoga Springs, but a lot of them need updating. This is a great place to live and remodeling is one way you can continue to enjoy your house and property, but still get the change in look and feel you desire, as well as increase its value.

Rollier-Fitzpatrick: Sometimes people have a sentimental attachment to a house and they’d rather spend money redoing it than buying a new one. They might be thinking ahead and making a retirement home out of a house that had been in their family. Or they’ve been visiting Saratoga and they decide to sell the house on Long Island or New Jersey and move up full time for the lifestyle. I think the popularity of remodeling was originally driven by the media, particularly the reality TV shows that focus on building, such as ‘Extreme Home Makeover,’ ‘This Old House’ and ‘Kitchen Cousins’.

Q: What is the big difference between remodeling and building from scratch?

Witt: Remodeling is a sign of the times, a whole philosophy based on the idea that ‘reuse and recycle’ is better than throwing it all away. Building from scratch is just that – nothing is already in place to save. It’s all new. You can do whatever you want. With remodeling, you have to be very thoughtful about how to maintain the best of what is already there and enhance it.

Maydick: Sometimes, it’s actually more expensive to remodel than to build a new home, but someone who would rather remodel is willing to work through the problems that come up when you have foundations, bearing walls, heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electricity already in place and we need to accommodate it. In a new building, if you want a bigger window, you just cut the hole. With a remodel, there are parameters. The placement of existing systems and structures control to some extent how renovated space can be configured. There are a lot of variables; that’s the challenge.

Rollier-Fitzpatrick: You are dealing with the daily lives of the homeowners, you are right in the middle of it. That’s why I have to schedule everything so precisely – when one crew leaves, the other has to be ready to go, so there aren’t gaps of time when people are uncomfortable or inconvenienced in their houses and no progress is being made. Everything has to be planned precisely. When you’re building a new house, nobody is in it, you’re not in anybody’s way. That’s a major difference.

Q: What areas of a home are most likely to be remodeled?

Witt: People always want new kitchens and bathrooms, but we are also often asked to build first-floor master-suite additions as our clients age – they’re thinking ahead. They want to be really comfortable in their private space, they want it to be like a luxury spa in their own home and they want it to be accessible.

Maydick: Other areas also get renovated, maybe not as frequently. For example, after the kids leave home, you might want to make a bedroom into an office, or do something special in a lower-level space that used to be a kids’ playroom, like put in a wine cellar.

Rollier-Fitzpatrick: Kitchens and bathrooms. If you put the money into remodeling those rooms, you’ll probably get a lot of it back on resale. You have to think of it as a long-term investment.

Q: How do you allocate your time?

Witt: I am involved in every aspect of every project. I meet with clients and talk to them about what they want and design it. I know what’s going on in the field through our weekly meetings and our cloud-based software that tracks and schedules selections and all communication.

Maydick: I spend a lot of time in the field, stopping by daily on jobs in the city or nearby, and three times a week at projects that are further away. I educate people to understand that we are going to get involved with pulling apart everything from the foundation, to the plumbing, electrical work and heating and cooling equipment – and then we have to put it back together. I help them understand what to expect, how much time it might take and what it might cost.

Rollier-Fitzpatrick: I keep the remodeling projects on track, paying attention to every detail in order to facilitate the best outcome. I have to understand all the orders – it’s not enough to refer to ‘trim’. Do you mean baseboard? Window casing? Door casing? Moulding? I have to make sure these things are specified. We work with a lot of subcontractors; I have to make sure to process and pay their invoices on time – there are a lot of deadlines. I am, therefore, a contract administrator and a scheduler. There’s constant juggling.


Bathroom mirrors are a must for grooming, but they also can enhance and brighten a space beautifully, while being highly functional. Witt Construction is featured in an article on budget decorating on that shows just how to show off! Tilt them to catch angles, match them to the cabinetry for a polished custom look, frame them for dramatic effect, light them up for extra illumination, hide storage behind them, or place them where their reflection enlarges the room –mirrors can bedazzle and flatter.


Three Times is the Charm

THREE TIMES IS THE CHARM: Witt Construction was featured thrice in one recent article in the Huffington Post about welcoming window nooks. Cozy places to curl up and read or daydream, the inviting alcoves are in a kitchen, a dining room and a stairwell landing, all enhanced by windows providing natural light, support for comfy plumped-up pillows and signature Witt built-in shelves for books, knick-knacks, or storage.




Have You Reached Your Threshold?

HAVE YOU REACHED YOUR THRESHOLD? At the cusp — where inside meets outside – the porch is a very special area of the home, from being a “welcome, come sit a while,” to presenting the building’s “best face” with seasonal embellishment. A Witt Construction screened-in porch featured on SheKnows, shows off an informal, yet gracious refuge that can be adapted to every season with a little bit of imagination (and a cozy blanket). Browse a magazine. Listen to the birds. Enjoy a hot or cold beverage. Gather for conversation or charades. Step inside your Paradise. 

fall porch