Search the home design websites and scan the most recent issues of home design magazines. You’ll notice similar trends keep cropping up. We’re seeing those same trends emerge when we work with homeowners in building their new home. Here are our top 10 design trends in new homes:
- Open Floor Plans: this trend has been gaining steam for some time. Families desire open, inviting living spaces where everyone can interact.
- Hardwood Floors: The choices in hardwood flooring continue to grow, with a variety of colors and grain patterns available. Wood is a great investment, lasting as long as a century. For more about hardwood flooring choices, read Styles, Types, Finishes: Finding the Hardwood Floor That’s Right For You.
- Universal Design: The evolution of home design includes a shift towards building homes suited to all types of people, as well as a home that will accommodate homeowners as they age. Universal design takes into account people of all ages and abilities. For more about universal design, read Accessibility/Universal Design for Homes.
- Spa Bathrooms: As the economy turned, more homeowners looked at ways to enjoy luxuries at home. This potentially spurred the trend of spa bathrooms. Instead of just focusing on function, spa bathrooms feel like a retreat, incorporating features like multiple showerheads and heated flooring.
- Smart Homes: As homeowners’ lives get busier, they desire the highly advanced automatic systems that a smart home offers. You can monitor and control lighting, temperature, media, security, and other daily living functions with speech, gestures or through smart phones, computers or other devices. For more about smart homes, read Smart Home Ideas and Smart Home Regrets.
- Healthy Homes: Homeowners are opting to use more eco-friendly products and fewer chemicals in building or remodeling.
- Energy Efficiency: There is more concern over choosing energy efficient options when building or remodeling. Homeowners are choosing Energy Star-rated windows, low-water toilets and sinks, solar panels and energy efficient HVAC systems. For more about energy efficient options for homes, read Solar Water Heaters and What is a Net-Zero Home?
- Outdoor Living: This appears to be another trend influenced by economic factors. The concept of “staycations” was introduced to encourage people to find ways to stay home, but still feel like they experienced some of the relaxing benefits of a real vacation. On the cusp of the staycation trend homeowners began turning their outdoor areas into living spaces. High quality furnishings, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, televisions and audio systems are all features used in outdoor living spaces.
- Reclaimed Materials: Homeowners see the value in making something old new again. And so do we. It makes sense to use the resources already available to us whenever possible. Many items are reusable, and reclaimed items have an aesthetic appeal. For more about how you can use reclaimed materials, read Best Building Materials to Salvage/Reuse. For more about how we’ve used reclaimed materials for products created in our fabrication shop at JT Unique, read JT Unique Reclaimed Bar Top.
- Alternative Products: Homeowners are choosing alternative products for their durability and beauty. For more about some alternative products on the market, read Guide to Composite Decking, Seed vs Sod, and a Few Grass Alternative Recommendations and New Reclaimed-Wood Windows/Doors Brings Green Style to Your Home.
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