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Top Structural Design Trends

Top Structural Design Trends

Open-Kitchen-Design

The number of homes being built has seen steady growth in the recent years since the Great Recession.  With more homes being built, we have seen new trends in architecture and structural designs.

  • Relaxation

Much of the architecture in modern day homes as to do with relaxation. Many homeowners view their homes as their only chance to get away from the world.  As a result, people are having homes built with more open floor spaces, tranquil designs, and roomy bathrooms and showers.

 

  • Open Kitchen

In previous homes, the kitchen would be located near the back of the house and be smaller. Now, the kitchen is located on a more open floor space and is more of a multitasking room than an actual kitchen.  In fact, the kitchen is essentially the center of the house.  It’s where kids can do their homework, where parents can pay the bills and work, where families and friends can socialize, and where meals can be prepared.  No doubt, in the vast majority of homes to be built in the future the kitchen will serve as the focal point of the house.

 

  • Traditional Designs

As far as actual architecture is concerned, many homeowners are pursing more traditional home designs. For example, gables, front columns and big porches became more normal in 2014 and likely will continue to become so in 2015.  Much of the architecture that we see in modern homes today is reminiscent of mid century homes.

 

  • European Designs

Believe it or not, but many U.S architects today have been constructing homes with a European design. European design homes are passive homes that are made to work with the outside climate.  For example, if a home is constructed in an area where there is much natural sunlight, the home would be built with large windows so that the sun could shine through and heat up the home without extra energy.  This means that not only are European-themed homes more energy efficient, they are significantly cheaper to maintain as well.

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Basic Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Basic Kitchen Remodeling Trends

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While it definitely is true that the home renovating business took a downward spiral during the Great Recession, by 2014 it had rebounded and been at some of the highest levels that we have seen yet. Home remodeling is only expected to continue to grow well in to 2015 and beyond. Here are some of the basic kitchen remodeling trends that we saw in 2014 and should carry over into 2015 – you should also check out some local builders websites for more ideas:

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Modernizing Kitchens

– Remodeling custom kitchens are by far the most common project for remodeling homes. Last year, three out of every five homeowners who remodeled opted to remodel their homes as their primary project. As for current trends, much more modernized kitchens are in. If you want to keep up to date with style, avoid a rustic kitchen with a paint colors. Modern kitchens have flat and smooth countertops and realtors are famous for selling homes with a glossy finish, minimalist designs, and grey cabinets.

Brass Accents

– Don’t discount brass at all; it made a surprising but strong comeback in 2014 and is likely to continue on into 2015. Brass has been used for many years, but it’s evolved in 2014 to now be more polished and bright in comparison to the rustic and dull feel that it had before. New brass looks very nice in kitchens and bathrooms in particular, but doors throughout the house would also look good with brass.

Renovating Bathrooms

– Next to kitchens, master bathrooms are the most popular room in the house that homeowners choose to renovate. Just like the kitchens, bathrooms are being designed to look very modern. For example, stand up showers are becoming more popular and the bathtub is either put separate or isn’t included at all. In addition, the cabinets in new kitchens are almost always white with silver faucets. Glass tiles are also the preferred flooring in showers and in showers especially. While master bathrooms are being the most common bathrooms being renovated, guest bathrooms in the home are also being renovated in increasing numbers.

Going Green

Going green is also nothing new, but it’s also taken off in recent years. The number of homeowners who want their homes to be eco-friendly has been increasing steadily over the past few years, and now has become something very popular to do to the home. Renewable materials and brushed up furniture are fine examples of making ‘green’ homes.

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Master and Guest Suites

Master and Guest Suites

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The number of new homes that were built in 2013 and 2014 was at some of the greatest levels the housing market has seen since the 1990s, no doubt a sign of the recovering economy following the Great Recession that hurt Americans and the housing market across the board. This means that several new homes are now available to potential homeowners, and with the resurgence in the number of homes being built, several new trends have emerged as well.

One such trend that has emerged in 2014 is to make more uses of space in master and guest bedrooms. This means making the bedrooms with larger flooring plants and essentially turning them into suites.

Master Suites

– While master suites are still in fashion, current trends see them moving away from styles that they used to be. For example, no longer are large bathtubs the norm for new master suites. Instead, the master bed and bathrooms are being made more accessible with walk in showers and closet spaces.

– In addition, the location of the master bedrooms has been moving as well. No longer is it the norm for master bedrooms to be located on a lower or higher floor. Instead, the majority of new homes built have incorporated master bedrooms into the main floor. People are seeking ways to make their bedrooms more accessible, versatile, and comfortable. That’s why creative larger bedrooms for more living spaces and making the bathrooms more functional have become the latest trend. This is also no doubt a result of people spending more time in their homes following the Great Recession. People had less money to spend which meant they could spend less time out and about in town.

Guest Suites

– Guest bedrooms have also been turning into suites as of late. Why? Because with less money on their hands, when people travel they tend to stay with friends and family in their homes instead of booking a hotel. Since guest bedrooms have essentially turned into living quarters for visitors, it makes sense that they would need to be larger and more in tune with a small hotel room than a typical, cramped guest bedroom.

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Going Green

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One major trend that has been seen in 2013 and 2014 is that more and more homes are going green and becoming more economical like the measures implemented into Parkline condos in Winnipeg Manitoba. In fact, the number of new homes with an emphasis on become green has doubled. Part of this is due to people’s concern for the environment, while another part of it is due to new regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has mandated triple-glazed windows. Let’s take a look at some other changes that are taking place:

Recent Changes

– Since production of incandescent light bulbs ended in the beginning of 2014, new homebuilders have been forced to turn to alternative means of lighting and driveways. Once such example is LED lights. LED lights are actually cheaper and can illuminate an entire room without large lights on the ceiling or lamps.

– Another move towards going green is to change the water heaters in the home to make them more efficient. Many changes for energy efficiency have been made to save homeowners hundreds of dollars a year on water heating (HVAC Heating and Cooling).

– In fact, homes that are more energy efficient and green are actually cheaper and simpler to build. This is because energy efficient homes are easier to execute than homes with renewable energy, and due to the more inexpensive homes being built as a result, power companies will be able to monitor energy in the homes and give rebates to homeowners who use up less energy.

– The increased number of more affordable and eco-conscious homes has led to great rewards in terms of both treating the environment well and saving money for homeowners. New homeowners are making more practical choices like installing tile that’s made out of recycled materials, or choosing wood floors that are made out of formaldehyde. The most recent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design specifications give points to homeowners who reveal what the materials in their homes are made out of. All in all, what we are seeing in new homes is something that we could have only dreamed about decades ago.

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Outdoor Home Trends

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Here are some trends with an outdoor theme:

  • Outdoor Living Rooms

The fate of indoor living rooms is still very unclear, with some homeowners appreciating them and others seeing very little use for them when they could just as easily use the family or a media room. However, outdoor living rooms are actually starting to become more in fashion in new homes.  They have the same function as a typical indoor living room, only they are located outside.  Many of these outdoor living rooms are located on the back porch have fire pits, TV and audio systems, and furniture.

  • Energy Efficiency

It’s no secret that today’s homes are much more energy efficient than before; both because some people are concerned for the environment, and because most homeowners are attracted to the low cost of maintenance in an energy efficient home. Much of the outdoor trends we have seen in homes have to do with keeping houses more energy efficient.  For example, some beautiful water gardens in the backyard may actually use recycled water that was used indoors.

  • Outdoor Kitchens

Finally, outdoor kitchens have really taken off in the last couple of years. Grills, pizza ovens, sinks, pantries, refrigerator, countertops, bars, you name it.  If it’s in an indoor kitchen, it might as well be in an outdoor kitchen as well.  Outdoor kitchens are very beautiful and can also be cheaper to run than indoor kitchens, due to utilizing hybrid appliances that can cook with gas or wood.  Many outdoor kitchens also have gardens nearby so that homeowners can simply select fruits and vegetables from natural sources instead of pulling them out of storage.  In this regard, outdoor kitchens are more convenient than their indoor counterparts.

For a successful outdoor garden as part of your kitchen, healthy soil will be needed and the garden will need to be watered constantly. The only plants, fruits and vegetables that should be planted are those that react well to the climate.  Examples of things that can be planted include tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and peppers.

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