What’s “IN” for New Homes and Remodels…
For the first time since 1982 the average size of a new home decreased according to MarketWatch. NHBA released data showing that people in the US prefer smaller homes compared to the “super-sized” homes of years past. The new focus in on being practical, sensible and energy efficient. Many of the new home designs are featuring “multi-purpose” or “flexible rooms” instead of a separate room for each function. The Jack-n-Jill bathroom is making a comeback because it is practical and cost effective.
The trend in our country this year is “nesting”. People are into staying home and preferring to entertain at home as well. So now they want the design of their home to be comfortable, casual and convenient. It’s all about togetherness with an old fashion flavor…which is nice.
Below Are the New Trends For 2010 And Beyond
KITCHEN: The kitchen is still ranking high on the list as it is considered the “heart of the home”. People are continuing to request large kitchens because it is a multi-purpose room…it’s where people flock, it’s a room for meal preparation, homework and crafts, laptops, and family time. It’s still the room people are willing to spend money because the ROI (return on investment) is 75-100%. The island remains a popular component with Granite countertops being a must have.
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE: Many prefer the master suite to be on the first (main) floor and adjacent to the living areas of the home. Creating a private sanctuary where one can relax, read and sip tea plus be able go outdoors to a private patio are in demand. A large walk-in closet is still top on the list of priorities. The master bathroom that used to be open from the bedroom is now getting a door, for privacy. The door could be a pocket door or frosted glass door that still lets in light. The bathtub is now freestanding and the showers are larger with a bench for seating. The double sink vanity or his and her vanities are still desired.
ENERGY-EFFICIENCY – top on the list are energy efficient appliances, insulation and windows. People are downsizing their window sizes because of energy concerns. Green homes are desired and now with so many new manufacturers it has become easier to plan for eco-friendly materials to be used in new construction or remodels.
THE HOME OFFICE – is one room that isn’t going to get cut any time soon. With homebased businesses on the rise it is almost a staple for every home. Even if you don’t have a home business, it is still a necessary room fo computers, bill paying and file storage. This is a room that can also be a flex room, some are combining lots of bookcases creating a library, others are allowing extra space for homework and it has become a popular “his and her” space housing multiple computers and desks.
OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS – because people want to spend as much time outdoors as possible this is one trend that continues to grow. With people cutting back on room sizes it’s nice to have an outdoor space that transitions the interior living spaces to the outside which instantly expands the living space. Fire pits, seating areas, spas and outdoor kitchens remain desired.
COMMUNITY LIVING – new buyers are now looking for communities that have a communal swimming pool, hiking and walking paths, and play grounds for adults and kids.
WHAT’S OUT – less requests for:
- Formal Dining Rooms (dining area within the kitchen, outdoor dining)
- Theater Rooms (family rooms)
- Wine Rooms (wine cabinets or refrigeration)
- 4-Car Garages (2 -3 car garages)
- Large Swimming Pools (communal pools)
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Article by Cheryl Sandella, ASID Interior Designer, Fountain Hills, Arizona
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