More than ever, the kitchen is the main hub of the average home.
Going forward, we’ll see the kitchen as the gathering spot of the home, as more folks start to use their kitchen space as a multi-use room. Having the kitchen open to main living areas and not closed off, makes it possible for parents to prepare meals, while paying bills, or overseeing the children doing homework. Not so long ago, remodeled kitchens had a rustic feel with warm colors and cabinetry, and wrought iron hardware and lighting. According to data compiled by a well-known remodeling magazine, more complete kitchen remodels are expected to be completed in 2014, more than any other room. And there is a new trend they may be following. A more modern style is becoming popular, with white or light cabinetry, simple light colored glossy counter tops – think minimalist designs. In order to give kitchens a sleek clean feel, appliances will blend in with the cabinetry or may be hidden altogether.
Another popular remodeling trend is the bathroom. Many folks are remembering the super fancy bathrooms in nice hotels and resorts they visited and want to re-create that “spa” feeling at home. This will likely mean bathrooms featuring walk-in showers with multiple shower heads, and roomy bathtubs with jets. How about heated floors and towel racks for a resort like and tranquil feel? Glass tiles are an up and coming trend, and light, neutral or cool paint colors to make the room brighter.
One of the lingering effects of our recent recession, coupled with the growing number of senior citizens, is the trend of households becoming multigenerational. This has spurred a trend of homes that have additional living space complete with restrooms and a reading area or study off the main bedroom area, and even separate entrances for larger families. ( which could later become a rental unit)
An interesting trend that is making a comeback is front porches! Many new home builders are including a front porch in their designs and some landscape remodels are seeing porches added. Sitting on the porch, enjoying the fresh air, and greeting the neighbors is becoming popular again.
Homes are going green. New homes builders and remodelers are installing better insulation to help manage heating and cooling costs. Appliances are becoming more efficient. Many architects are being required to add “passive” design elements going forward to work with the climate. An example of this might be installing windows to attract sunlight for heating a home. The hope is to help reduce energy consumption and emissions to keep our planet and its occupants happy.
If selling or buying a home is trending for you this year, why not give us a call? We have been in the San Ramon Valley for many years. We know what buyers are looking for, and what sellers want. Lets talk about the latest home trends!