5 Hot Trends in New Home Design

(June 04, 2012, posted in Home Improvement)

Creativity and cost-savings are the main themes driving new-home design trends today, Here are some of the latest new-home design trends:
  • Pocket Offices
    More space is being added to family gathering places such as the kitchen and family room and space devoted to formal home offices and dens are falling to the wayside. Instead of a home office, more new homes are adding a space devoted to home management, known as “pocket offices.” These pocket offices may be anywhere, even included in a large pantry. They also might be tucked away near the kitchen or family great room. Most people today are mobile with their electronics and home office items anyway so they might not need as big of space to spread out and a “pocket office” may be enough.

  • Tucked Away Relaxation Spots
    Window seats and alcoves are becoming more popular in new homes because they don’t take up much space but can still provide some private time.

  • Master Laundry Rooms
    Laundry rooms are being added onto the master bedroom’s walk-in closet for added convenience.

  • Shadow Units
    As more families live together under one roof, “shadow” units are increasing in popularity in new single-family homes. These units may be built alongside a home and operate as a separate living unit accessed through a door from the home’s main floorplan. Shadow units may also include homes that come with at least two master suites, such as one located on the ground floor and one upstairs.

  • Rectangular Homes
    Rectangular home designs are increasing in popularity because they are more cost-effective to build. The trend was once grand, multiple roof lines. But to make rectangular designs attractive, these homes may have two windows in a corner to allow unobstructed views and light. Or these homes might mix exterior materials, such as metal, wood, and stone to give them a more modern look.

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