All Around the House

Cheryl Rymal - Monday, October 12, 2015

During the National Association of Home Builders show, the Best in American Living Awards gala celebrated projects that demonstrated the most innovative design trends that homeowners should pay attention to for the next few years. Homes are being designed with convenience and simplicity in mind. Some of those trends include:

In the master bath, homeowners who may have had an oversized tub previously seem willing to forgo it in their next home because they never seemed to use it much and filling and soaking in it consumes time they never seem to be able to spare.

In the kitchen, it’s increasingly an “island” nation, and the bigger the center island you can offer as an option, the better. Homeowners are seeking larger islands as the centerpiece of their kitchen because they picture their guests being able to lean against the island or sit at the same level to talk. Unsurprisingly, homeowners place a high priority on kitchens. Among the most popular amenities are stainless cooktops and ranges, undercounter lighting and lighted cabinet interiors. Not that you have to be a gourmet cook to crave such goodies. Some of the people who upgrade to big stainless ranges don’t even cook…they just want it to look good.

Granite countertops continue to be popular, but man-made quartz is a close second.  Solid colors are becoming a hot trend which is difficult to find in granite slabs. Granite will never go away totally, but when buyers want a more modern look, they will upgrade to a quartz product

Hardwood floors continue to reign; however, the tiles that look like wood are becoming a favorite option, especially for buyers who have dogs. The tile floors are low maintenance and harder to scratch.

Homeowners are opting for a “drop zone” or a “mud room” where they can put their keys, mail, etc. when they enter through the garage.

Stone or Cultured Stone, as an exterior upgrade, has become a popular upgrade. Using it to accent particular locations, like the dining area, base of front porch columns or front of garage, adds richness to the front of the house.

Indoor-outdoor living has become the number one request. Creating spaces that provide access to nature is what people want to help them relax at the end of a busy day.

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