Experts Share Eight Hot Home Trends for 2013
February 26th, 2013 | by Michelle
The 2013 International Builders Show showcased several of the top home trends that are sure to be hot in the home building market this year. Sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders, the event also fueled optimism in new home construction for this year. Here a few of the home trends for 2013 prominently featured at this year’s International Builders Show.
From Dallas Culture Map:
Scaling It Down
Even when they can afford it, homebuyers are telling architects and builders that the pursuit of massive square footage alone is not their goal. A house does not have to be huge to be high-quality. A judge in the NAHB’s Best of American Living Awards said new homes are reflecting the idea that “small is beautiful.”
Homes are getting more outdoor kitchens, and patios are decorated with furniture that looks like it belongs indoors. The New American Home, the primary showcase home of the convention, had little separation between the kitchen and the swimming pool, just a few feet away. When the home’s glass pocket doors were concealed, it was hard to tell where the outdoor space began.
If you are designing a custom home, you might as well bring your dog along to meet the architect. “Pets are becoming an important part of the design process,” says St. Louis architect Barry Glantz. Look for more homes to have a dog bathing facility in the laundry room or built-in compartment in the bottom of a cabinet for a dog’s food bowl.
White Kitchen Cabinets
“We are back to white,” says Anchorage, Alaska-based home designer Karen Kassik-Michelsohn. Dark stained cabinets are on their way out, she says.
Carrara marble is becoming a hot item in kitchens across the nation, as is the mega-island, which is extra long and wide to provide space for cooking and socializing. By the way, Carrara is finding its way into baths too.
It’s not just about flooring anymore. Barrel vaults, coffers and beams are bringing design to ceilings. And they don’t have to be all white; overhead color is alright too. In 2013, people are looking up.
Homes are being built to accommodate the homeowner’s children and parents — three generations. It’s part of a cultural shift. We are changing from Leave it to Beaver to The Waltons, says Glantz. Homes should have wider doorways to allow easy wheelchair access. Cottages for grandparents are popular, as are dual master suites. Showers should be built without curbs.
The aging baby boomer population is realizing that climbing the stairs may not be easy in 20 or 30 years. Home elevators, starting at $20,000 or so, are becoming a more popular option. Thinking ahead, other builders are lining up closets with the proper dimensions so they can be converted to an elevator shaft as the homeowners grow older, says architect Wayne Visbeen of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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