6 Hot Housing Trends

Some of the latest trends in homebuilding and remodeling were not too hard to spot. Is anyone surprised that Americans, already living in monster homes, want even bigger ones?

But there were some developments we never saw coming.

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Steam showers  are a hot trend.

Here’s a few of the most popular trends andthose you might want to include in your own home.

Upscale garages: Who knew that those smelly, greasy spaces overstuffed with junk and empty boxes would morph into showplaces for Home Improvement types?

Today’s owners want garages decked out with cabinet and storage systems, matching refrigerators, air conditioning and residential looking flooring.

The Web site contractor.com reports a garage remodeling starts at around $7,500 and goes up, sometimes steeply, from there depending on size and just how nice you want it.

Caving: People want more personal space – for both mom and pop. Apparently, married people often like time alone. Who knew?

So, an amenity of choice these days is personal, dedicated space for one person in a household to go and work on projects or simply relax.

Rejuvenation rooms: No, This is not simply to work out in. These are one-stop sites for exercising, meditating, yoga, sauna and fancy steam showers.

This is kind of a new age, serenity room where you do these quiet exercise things and then jump in the spa.

First you get your head together, then your body and then you steam off the sweat you expended doing it.

Heated patios:  Northerners want to reduce their winter workouts shoveling snow, so they’re installing heated patios, walkways and driveways.

Plus they want to add a couple of weeks of outdoor enjoyment in spring and fall and the warmth radiating off these outdoor surfaces makes the diffrences between just comfortable and “Let’s go inside.”

Snoring rooms: Husband (never wives) have often been banished for excessive snoring but it must be a lonely feeling to trudge out of the master bedroom suite and down to the living room couch. Now they don’t have to

The huge master suites being installed in upscale housing typically come with large sleeping areas, a big walk-in closet and a gigantic bath. More and more now, they’ll be equipped with another room entirely, a 12′ by 12′ or so space with a double bed and chair that will spare the innocent sleeper from the worst ravages of the noisy snorer.

Any shiny metal finish: Brushed nickels and pewters are in and antiqued and polished brass is out. This includes knobs and handles as well as  other hardware such as door knobs, hinges, light fixtures, etc.

On the way out

In addition to up-and-coming trends, also identified were a few destined for the trash heap of home-design history. These include:

Spiral staircases, which were once the rage, are now death to the home seller. Aging boomers don’t care to climb them and they’re tough on pets and small children. We industry professionals are often advising sellers to remove and replace them before putting a home on the market.

Stainless-steel appliances  are a fading trend. The cold look and higher maintenance of steel is shifting buyers to specify warmer colors in kitchen appliances.

Bowl-shaped above-counter bathroom sinks. The splashing and overall upkeep have earned these the reputation of nice to look at, but, “no thanks, don’t want one.” They’re an especially  bad idea for families with small children  as these youngsters  typically aren’t tall enough to reach up and over the bowl.  

Bamboo floors are also out. The early reviews are in and owners have found them to be easily scratched and prone to warping.

Hardwood laminate flooring is also a no-go. They don’t stand up to multiple sandings to change color or remove stains,

Lastly, sellers ahould never smoke in the house. Buyers hate the stale smoke odors.

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