Home Design Trends
Over the last year I have noticed a change in what a good amount of my clients are looking for. So what are the latest design trends in the home market? It seems every few years things tend to ebb and flow in the real estate market, and over the last few years we have seen things changing.
Here is a list of 7 recent design trends
- Bigger is not always better. I have noticed a trend recently in a minimalist approach with many home buyers. This is not just with one demographic either. An older couple I have worked with are selling many of there things looking to downsize. I have also noticed younger couples are often no longer looking for the “largest house they can get for their money.” Looking for the most house for your money was popular 4-5 years ago with my clients. Not any longer. Many are looking for “enough room” to live, but keeping in mind larger usually means higher electric bills and cost of living.
- Open concept is bigger than ever. I was at a new real estate office yesterday in Gilbert and it was nothing like I had ever seen before for a real estate office. There were no private offices, there were no cubicles. This office had a clean/modern look and was completely open. Even the nice modern clean kitchen was right in the open in the middle of the office. Everyone could see everyone else. This concept is also becoming bigger with home buyers. Just two days ago I was looking at some houses with a young couple in the historic downtown area of Chandler. Older homes tend to be smaller (see item list 1 above) and they also tend to be more box/compartment style rooms and not very open. One of the first things the couple I was helping talked about was, how can we take down this wall and open up the living room to the kitchen and dining area. People want to be able to entertain in their house, which often means working/cooking in the kitchen while still being part of the action in the living room. We did this in our house. We took down a wall that was separating our living room and kitchen and in it’s place put in a large island that serves as a transition from one are to the other.
- Energy-efficient upgrades. A question I often get when working with clients is “what are the electric bills on this house?” When I work with home sellers, I will often encourage them to leave a copy of the bills with an average monthly amount easy to find. Something I am noticing more recently is the difference in remodels between a fix-n-flip remodel and an owner occupant remodel. When someone who is remodeling a home to flip it, they are looking to do the remodel as cheap as possible while making it visually appealing. So they focus on the cosmetics. For a homeowner looking to remodel their home for a long term stay, cosmetically it needs to be appealing, but functionality and long term efficiency are also very important. One example of this is a 1980’s house I recently showed to some clients. The house had been purchased by an investor and almost completely remodeled. One of the major improvements the investor made was to rip off the 1980s plywood siding and have the house stucco’d. It looked fantastic from the outside. To save money the investor left in the old single-pane windows. This is not something that my clients even noticed until I pointed it out to them. Another part of the problem was the stucco job included raised boxings around the outside of the windows to give it more character. Again, this looked great, but it meant if the next homeowner wanted to replace the windows, which would save them a lot of money long term, they needed to completely destroy the stucco job around the windows to do so. Energy-efficient remodels such as windows are very attractive to homeowners because they will not only save money long term, they make the house more pleasant to love in when it is 115 outside in August.
- Back to basics in the kitchen. We talked above about how people are wanting open kitchens. Kitchen remodels are huge right now and home buyers are looking for the basics when they look at the kitchen. Most home buyers are looking for clean kitchen cabinets with lots of storage and a walk-in pantry is always a plus. Many clients are looking for kitchen islands where people can work at and also sit there. The island has become the hangout spot in many homes. Granite is also still huge in the kitchen. Some people are trying to get fancy with the kitchen counters, but most clients still want a good granite top. Think clean, basic, functional when you are making changes to your kitchen.
- The textured look. Homeowners are starting to notice and appreciate textures. They like the natural and uniques look and feel of the surface. Some of the most popular textures are the engineered woods and stones that mimic raw materials. This is a great idea in both flooring and backsplashes.
- Water flow control. Fixtures that control multiple water sources are highly sought after in today’s building and design market. Fixtures that also have touchscreen display give homeowners more control over their water temperature and flow.
- Neutral colors. Thank God for this one. I remember way to often from say 2008-2013 I would walk into a house with a client and the kitchen was burgundy red, living room was green with hay stuck to the wall (not the type of texture we are looking for in #5 above) and the master was dark blue with a sky blue accent wall. Heck, there were some houses that had so many bright colors that I would call them the “Skittle House.” Taste the rainbow… This fad was what I called the HGTV Syndrome. People watching to many design shows on HGTV and then trying to do the DYI approach to make a tv show house. It worked about 1 time in never. Now maybe the real thing that is going on is people are just painting their house neutral when they go to sell it so it makes it easier to sell, but whatever the reason, I welcome it!
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Here are some of the older houses near historic Downtown Chandler