Trend No.1 Living Larger but with a Smaller Footprint
Our increasing concerns with environmentally sustainable design and along with tighter budgets comes the trend of smaller houses. A well designed house plan will give the feeling of expansiveness without the expense of building a larger home. Smaller homes use less energy too. In fact, a well designed smaller home can feel infinitely more luxurious than an enormous McMansion. Clever layouts, clear flow through the home, expansive windows, open floor plans and blurring the lines between indoors and out can all help to make a smaller home feel large, which brings us to…
Trend No.2 Blurring the lines between the home and the garden
These days and with our busy lifestyles we don’t seem to get out to stroll in the park or along the beach as often as we would like, but this doesn’t mean that we can't be surrounded by nature. Homes are increasingly being designed with large expanses of folding or sliding doors and windows that completely open up living areas to the garden, making it easy to move between the indoors and out. More and more families are wanting gardens with outdoor living and dining areas and outdoor kitchens are hugely popular right now – we are living outdoors more and more. Also the outdoors are being brought indoors with the increasing trend of interior courtyard gardens and living walls.
Trend No. 3 Spa like bathrooms
Bathrooms are often the focus for the most luxurious fittings in homes being designed today, with ‘Spa’ being a common design theme. Think of large walk in shower areas with rainfall showers and deep freestanding tubs. Bathrooms are larger than ever and are even being designed to incorporate outdoor bath and showers in private courtyards.
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