Thanks to foreclosures and short sales, many home buyers purchased at reduced prices and spent time and money to create stylish modern homes. Typically, people are spending $50,000 to $75,000 for upgrades, with most of the money going to the kitchen, baths and master bedroom. Here are the three top trends shaping modern homes:
— Uniting the kitchen and living space to create an open floor plan.
— Increased spaces for entertainment and private spaces away from a busy work schedule, and for modern luxuries.
— Finding multifunctional uses for both space and furniture.
The formal dining room separate from the living room is disappearing. (Our Pasadena craftsman style homes already feature this open separation dating from the teens and twenties.) Parents want to be able to cook and participate in conversations or watch the kids, so partitions between the living spaces and kitchen are on the rise. Two-way fireplaces, bookshelves or partitions of varying height create the open space and still maintain separation. Elaborate Kitchen islands often serve as the main division between the kitchen and living space, and is a sort of entertainment center.
Master bedroom remodeling trends are increasingly moving toward creating a pampering atmosphere. Homeowners want a more spa-like feeling and a safe haven for over worked owners. Main bedrooms often have seating areas and entertainment nooks. Large closet space is big on the want list and designers are incorporating modular systems of rods and shelving. Closets are not just for storing an increased amount of clothes and shoes, but often serve as dressing areas.
How does one gain square footage for these needs without making a complete renovation or creating add-ons to their homes? Pedro Lima, of the Art Institute of New York, says that downsizing to accommodate upsizing is part of remodeling plans. “Designers are spending more time at looking for innovative ways to add versatile furniture that serve multifunctional purposes, ” he says.
Coffee tables serve as storage and extra seating, wall units have built-in desks, couches open into beds in home offices, for example.
All modern trends point toward integration, simplification and organization as homeowners seek to enjoy their homes and share it with family and friends.
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