Predicting what will be popular in home building for 2014 can be tricky, but there are some definite trends that developers and home buyers have discovered that will almost certainly becoming more popular. If you are in the market for a new home, consider these features:
An In-home Suite
More than an additional master bedroom, but less than a complete apartment, this extra group of room is becoming more and more popular as multiple generations move in together. An in-home suite typically includes a bathroom, bedroom, sitting area, and in some cases a kitchenette.
The rooms are actually part of the house, but many are connected to a separate entrance and/or have a way to close off the entire suite for privacy. By including the rooms as part of the house, it is a lot easier for family members to help each other out, and a lot easier for developers to get around building codes allowing only one structure on a parcel.
Stainless steel has been popular for a long time, so of course consumers are looking for a way for their kitchens and laundry rooms to stand out. The newest appliances are glossy white (think more iPad and less your mother’s kitchen) with silver handles and buttons.
Last year’s trend of high-temperature sanitizing cycles in washing machines and dishwashers will continue to become more popular and these features will become more prevalent in mid-range appliances.
Modern Kitchens and Bathrooms
Along with the new appliances, many people are also looking at updating the rest of their kitchens and bathrooms. Instead of warm, dark woods, the trend this year is towards bright, white cabinets, light colored countertops, and brushed metal faucets and fixtures.
Recessed lighting will still be popular. If you want to follow this trend and stay within a budget, consider painting older cabinets with high-gloss white paint.
In 2014, living rooms and bedrooms are going away from neutral tones and heading towards bold, bright colors such as emerald green, lemon yellow and orange.
Rather than painting a whole room in such as bold color, however, most designers are painting only one or two walls, or using the bold color for trim and doors while leaving the walls neutral.
One of the biggest trends this year will be making a home more environmentally friendly. New construction and remodels are now being done with sustainable materials such as reclaimed wood or bamboo for flooring. Homes are also becoming a lot more energy efficient.
Appliances are Energy Star rated, and many builders are installing energy efficient windows along with better attic and wall insulation. High end homes have solar panels installed on the roof in many areas, while others are relying on geothermal or wind energy.