The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) recently released their findings for design trends gaining traction this year. Innovation and saving money seem to be the main themes driving this year’s trends. While not all of these trends are starting to crop up in the Grand Forks Real Estate market, most of these trends are starting to show up.
Grand Forks Real Estate Design Trends to Keep an Eye on
- Relaxing Nooks and Quiet Zones: This is one of my favorite design trends for 2012. Having a small nook or window seat provides the right kind of space to nestle up with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy a great book. This trend is showing up in both new construction and home renovations in the grand forks real estate market.
- Laundry rooms in master bedrooms: Many builders and families remodeling their homes are adding these laundry rooms to areas like a master bathroom closets to give an added convenience to the chore of doing laundry. I know I’d rather be doing my laundry right off the master, instead of tripping down the basement stairs with a basket full of clothes.
- Multigenerational Living: Both cultural diversity and the current state of the economy have been the driving force of this trend. Many families are now living under one roof. These areas that are designed to give a separate feeling but are still attached are often times referred to as “shadow units.” Sometimes these areas are separated by way of an upstairs/downstairs floor plan or even to master bedrooms on the main floor of a home. I’ve seen this trend starting to show up in many Grand Forks homes as elderly parents are starting to move in with their children instead of moving into nursing homes.
- Extra Impact with Reduced Cost: This trend can be found in homes that have a clean linear rectangular design. With the wide open spaces that are typically separated by design instead of walls, every square inch of the homes real estate can be taken advantage of. Other features that are starting to show up with this trend is the usage of large mitered windows in the corners of a home. These areas provide expansive panoramic views that couldn’t be accomplished in a more traditional design. Exteriors of these homes take advantage of different materials adding a unique texture to the home. Wood, metal, and glass all work in harmony to create a very clean and modern look.
- Small “Pocket Offices” used in design: The Grand Forks real estate market has seen this trend come out in full force.
Families are looking for ways to include these small nooks just off major traffic and congregating areas. Think of the small nook in the kitchen for a work station. I find that there’s just something very enjoyable about using a space like this. Rather than being tucked away in a separate office or den, a space like this provides just enough separation to be out of the way but not out of the conversation.
Well, there you have it. What the experts say the hottest design trends are in 2012. All of these design trends are ways that you can add value to your home by taking advantage of under utilized while increasing your home’s efficiency. I think that these will continue to show up in new construction and home renovations for the Grand Forks real estate market this year.
What are your thoughts about these design trends? Are you seeing any trends that they missed that are showing up in Grand Forks homes?