Happy New Year! Last year I wrote an article on the top trends for 2010 and it received a positive response so I’m excited to bring you the top trends for home building and remodeling for 2011. I’ll be dividing it into two articles so part two will follow shortly. Since more and more people are choosing to stay in their homes longer, it has caused home remodeling to become the number one trend for 2011 with kitchen and bathroom remodels at the top of the list. New custom home builds are beginning to peak again, but for 2011 the trend is for smaller, more practical and green homes. Whether you’ll be building a custom home from scratch or remodeling an existing home keep these new ideas in mind for your 2011 projects:
In 2010 it was rumored that the shift would be to build custom homes on a smaller scale. For 2011 it is happening, with the square footage shrinking down about 10 – 15%. The trend has shifted to an awareness level of being value conscious and living realistically. Even though smaller square footage is being requested, quality materials and finishes are in no way being compromised.
The footprint is able to shrink down because rooms are requested to be more multi-purpose and multi-functional. Organized space with integrated storage solutions will create a home to feel more spacious and uncluttered.
The craving is for warm and clean–line design with a fusion of contemporary and traditional styles.
Since the trend is moving towards smaller homes, the floor plan will allow for an open layout to incorporate multi-functional rooms. Today’s family wants an open and adaptable floor plan that’s comfortable and versatile. This type of plan allows a room to multifunction, particularly in kitchens / family rooms where cooking, dining, gathering and entertaining can take place.
Even though the square footage is shrinking people don’t want to feel closed in. High ceilings, wider doorways and halls, master bedroom suites and open gathering spaces are still pleasing and make a smaller home feel more open and spacious.
For existing homes, removing interior walls will create an open and flexible floor plan and improve the flow; therefore, creating versatility for families who love to gather and entertain. The open floor plan, particularly kitchen and family room, appeals to an enormous segment of the population. These types of renovations are practical and wise for re-sale.
Home –based businesses are still growing and with today’s technology, it makes working from home very feasible. Home offices are in such demand for both those who own home-based businesses as well as those who don’t. The home office serves as a room to have a working space where the computer and other equipment is kept.
In remodel projects a spare bedroom, garage bay or a portion of the family room will be renovated to create the ideal space for the office location. If there isn’t any additional space then an addition is requested to accommodate a home office. Either way, the trend is to have a room or area that is private, quiet and out of the traffic pattern.
The present outlook is still green with energy efficiency being top of the list. You can begin with energy efficient windows, solar panels, tankless water heaters, LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances, low VOC paints and stains or take all measures necessary to completely reduce your carbon footprint.
The changing homeowner is looking for easy maintenance, high quality materials and integral smart systems that can easily transition their home to be greener, healthier and smarter.
The tax credits have been extended for another year so it only makes sense to take advantage of the savings and update your home using these durable and sustainable materials.
With the trend of smaller homes comes the idea of larger outdoor living spaces. Expanding the interior living space to the outdoors is being highly requested for home remodels in 2011. These outdoor living spaces can be simple or elaborate and should fuse properly with the homes architecture. Some designs are multi-leveled and contain different seating areas, fire pits, hot tubs and outdoor kitchens with the intention of creating a “resort style” atmosphere.
The outdoor kitchen tops the list with requests for large BBQ areas with counters to cook and serve on. Sinks, refrigerators and storage compartments complete the space.
Whether you’re building a custom home or renovating an existing home keep abreast of these popular trends. Having this information will help guide you when it comes to complete your wish list. Our lives change and with that our needs change. We want our home design to change with us as well. Make smart decisions to keep your house current if you should ever decide to sell.
Stay tuned for part 2 which will feature kitchen, bath, floors and more!
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Article by Cheryl Sandella, ASID Interior Designer, Fountain Hills, Arizona
©2011 Cheryl Sandella. Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors, LLC.
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