At the recent Pacific Coast Builders conference today’s top home builders and designers got together and discussed what’s new and hot in home design trends this year.
The ideas coming about this year are a little different from previous years; whether you’re thinking of building or just remodeling these trends may offer some good insights on how to take on your build.
Out with the lousy laundry room!
One space in the home that’s gone from double duty to triple duty is the laundry room! Once a cluttered cove of chaos this engine room of the home ship is seeing major repurposing. Extra cabinet space in these rooms is a must as extra storage is always in style! Many laundry rooms are also seeing their extra space put to use as a “mud-room” or go between room from the garage to the house – helping keep the outdoors outside your house.
Garage’s Aren’t Just for the Car
With space at a premium these days it seems pointless to waste so much space in the garage just to keep the car happy. Many homes are diversifying their garage spaces by converting at least some of the available area into exercise space, or a hobby area. Storage of course will always play a big part of the garage’s purpose but it certainly doesn’t have to look Spartan. Expect to see a big surge in “finished” garages in the future!
Kitchens in the Stream
Home design is all about flow, and in the case of kitchens islands are what it’s all about. Modern island trends include cooktops, prep sinks, or other elements to make for added functionality. Eat-in kitchen nooks are still popular too of course, but even those have somewhat changed. Rather than the picnic bench style seating, which designers found not conductive to conversation, 90 degree seating with stools along the edge of an island are replacing even conventional tables.
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