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Design trends that will have an influence on new home designs in 2012

Design trends that will have an influence on new home designs in 2012 and into the future.
Unlike in the recent boom years, when just about anything built was sold, strong competition in the current market is forcing all builders to improve… home design.
Design trend 1: classic yet contemporary. The new house design with strong sales now are those that blend modern and traditional elements to create cleaner and simpler elevations. Interior spaces are clean, bright and simple. Gone are the heavy detailing and generous ornamentation of the recent past.
Design trend 2: outdoor spaces as an extension of living space. Whether for a single-family house or a multifamily house, home buyers are looking for private-outdoor spaces that blend seamlessly with the indoors. This trend cuts across geographic regions, being as true in the colder sections of the country as in the warmer, milder areas.
Design trend 3: good, cost-effective designs. To keep construction costs low, we’ll see multiple roof lines and complexity give way to simplified forms. Innovative and creative approaches to layouts, storage, curb appeal and so on will be established in the early design stage to ensure that the new designs don’t become boring.
Design trend.4: the family triangle. It used to be that open floor plans were limited to certain geographic regions and buyer profiles. Now the open floor plan is desired throughout the country and by every market segment. The old living room has been replaced by a flexible space that can be used as needed while still being close to the family triangle.
Design trend.5: multigenerational living. Whether it’s because more are children returning home after college or more parents are moving in with the family, multigenerational homes are increasing in popularity. In fact, one study indicated that the construction of such homes has jumped 30 percent in the past few years. Amenities such as wider hallways, elevators, grab bars and so on are all becoming the norm.

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Design trend.6: kitchen entertaining with a view. Kitchens continue to be without a doubt the center of the house. But with square footage being trimmed, designers have to develop innovative solutions for storage and functional needs. There’s also an increasing use of large windows to keep the kitchen light, bright and airy so it can live large. The loss of wall space for cabinetry is made up with walk-in pantries, where it’s not uncommon to find the (messy) kitchen desk hidden from view.

-Canyon Design Build
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source: NAHB

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