As we prepare to bid farewell to another successful year, it’s fun to look forward to what the future has in store. If you’re planning on getting involved in some heavy home renovations in the months to follow, you may want to think about incorporating some of these new home design and build trends, ripe and ready for 2016.
Double Island Kitchens
Kitchens will always be high on the list when it comes to new home design, and this year is all about maximizing storage space (as it should be!). An environmentally friendly trend you can look forward to in 2016 is the double island kitchen, which means more space for seating and even a second small sink. With more and more people catching on to how much fun it can be to entertain at home, a double island provides much needed extra space for gathering and sitting.
Urban or rural, the desire to create flow between indoor and outdoor living spaces continues to be popular. Consider a dining area that opens on to a patio, or even a double-sided fireplace that can be used in the living room and porch. This trend really speaks to the “open concept” design that homeowners long for.
Senior-Friendly Design Features
The baby boomer generation is having a big impact on design trends in 2016, with a collective desire to downsize and seek furnishings that fit their new environments. Remodels and upgrades incorporate necessary safety features, like grab bars in the bathroom, accessible entryways, and master bedrooms on the ground floor, to name a few.
Another big bathroom trend as we move from 2015 to 2016, has as much to do with usefulness as it does senior-friendly design. Better on space and friendly for the environment (economically speaking) more and more home owners are choosing to ditch the tub in the master bath in favour of a shower. Today’s modern shower stall designs are far from utilitarian, and can even incorporate some high-tech gadgetry. Just remember, however, if you want to take advantage of this trend, removing the bathtub in a home with only one bathroom may hurt your resale value if you consider putting your home on the market in the future.
Smart Home Integration
Outfitting your home with the latest smart home technology is no longer simply a lavish luxury, as tech and gadgets become increasingly more affordable. In fact, lots of the latest home technology bits and pieces, like learning thermostats and smart light bulbs, can end up saving you money in the long run, not to mention the peace of mind of being able to monitor everything from the convenience of that smartphone in the palm of your hand – even if the device itself is relatively expensive, at the end of the day it’s definitely worth any initial investment.