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Angie's List: What's hot in remodeling for 2015?

If you're looking to improve your home this year, you might want to watch this before finalizing your plans. Angie's List experts quizzed more than one thousand contractors to determine what's hot and what's not in 2015.

More than 60 percent of homeowners who've been talking with Angie's List contractors about remodeling in 2015 are prepared to open their wallets wider than those who made home improvements last year.

And it's not because the prices are soaring, it's because the projects are getting bigger.

"According to our contractor survey, 25 percent of their consumers are planning to spend $10,000 or more on home improvements in 2015," said Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks.

So what are the hottest projects for 2015?

"Remodeling projects that top the list aren't that different for 2015. We're still seeing kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, but the new thing we are seeing are consumers asking for bigger closets and extra pantry space," said Hicks. 

Also on the list, luxurious bathrooms.

"If you're updating your home, remodeling your bathroom is one of your best returns on investment. You're going to get probably 80 percent of your money back. But keep in mind, remodeling a bathroom is not a cheap project. Where it used to be an average bathroom might have been around 15,000, now they're starting 20,000, as much as 50,000 for a master bathroom," said Hicks. 

Another finding from the survey involves stainless steel appliances that new kitchens have nowadays.

"Many homeowners have a love hate relationship with stainless steel appliances. They love the look, but tackling those fingerprints can just be a nightmare for some parents, but in 2015, we're still seeing stainless steel top the list," said Hicks.

Contractors say there's a direct correlation between smudges and smears and the quality of the stainless steel.

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