New Home Trends - Kitchens and Baths
What's Hot and What's Not
New Home Kitchens and Baths Getting a Makeover
With continued attention on the budget, homebuyers are opting for features that will pay back, instead of costly extras that add to the overall price tag of the home.
The American Institute of Architects just released their Home Design Trends Survey from the 4th quarter of 2009. This survey focused on kitchens and baths.
The kitchen is still the biggest focus in the home - but instead of ultra-high end appliances, homebuyers are focusing on features that are functional, appealing, and save time or cost.
Features that continue to grow in popularity in the kitchen include:
- Recycling Centers
- Renewable Flooring Materials
- Renewable Countertop Materials
- Computer Area/Recharging Stations
- Integrations with Family Space
- Water Filtration Systems
- Double Island
Homeowners are stepping away from trends like steam showers and towel warming drawers, and looking instead to save water and utility costs while planning ahead with "Aging in Place" options.
Bathroom features that are growing in popularity include:
- Water Saving Toilets (includes WaterSense)
- Radiant Heated Floors (depending on locality)
- LED lighting
- Doorless Showers
- Hand Showers (separate nozzle or "2-in-1" styles)
- Linen Closet/Storage Options
Trends are just that - trends. Choose features for your new home that make sense for your lifestyle, your budget, and your plans for the future. Ask your builder for suggestions - we're here to help!
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