Going Spaces: Newest Trends in Residential Construction

Filed in Design, Housing Trends by on February 24, 2015 6 Comments
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Daniel Swift, an award-winning architect and president of BSB Design, says that the best designed spaces within a home are well thought out, and make life for the home owner effortless.

Swift, who spoke at the 2015 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, recommends asking yourself five distinct questions about the spaces you’re designing for your clients. Is it easy, relaxing or rejuvenating when the buyer . . .

Leaves for work or school?

Comes home at the end of the day?

Is at home over the weekend?

Entertains friends or celebrates the holidays?

Puts their stuff away?

If you can answer each of these questions affirmatively, then you’re doing something right. If you have doubts, Swift offers some trending ideas that may be helpful as you plan your next project.

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Design the garage so that it functions as a multiuse space.

Multi-use garage designed by Woodmeister Master Builders

Include an owner’s entry, or a pocket office where the buyer would typically enter the home. A room like this might be used to set down a briefcase, take off shoes, read the mail, pay bills or drop off keys.

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Pocket office designed by Meritage Homes

Make the laundry room a place where people would want to stay and do things besides laundry; add lots of windows to bring in natural light, seating and/or an island.

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Multi-use laundry room designed by Case Design/Remodeling Inc.

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Multi-use laundry room designed by Davidson Communities

Pet rooms: Americans spent $350 million in pet costumes last year. “Including a space for pets acknowledges that most people have and love their pets,” Scott said. “Even just a little access point off the kitchen, a way to get outside and get back in, tells our buyer, ‘We know and understand how you live,’” he said.

As featured in the October 2010 issue of House & Home magazine

As featured in the October 2010 issue of House & Home magazine

Kitchen islands with seating, and hideaway appliances are trending. People don’t want to see their appliances or clutter in their kitchens because they want to entertain in the kitchen, Scott said. Right now, it’s all about storage and livability.

Kitchen with hidden appliances designed by MAC Custom Homes

Kitchen with hidden appliances designed by MAC Custom Homes

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Kitchen design by Sterling Homes Development Corporation

Storage in uncommon places is also trending. Think columns with doors, and airplane and boat storage.

Under-the-stairs wine storage designed by Vinotemp

Under-the-stairs wine storage designed by Vinotemp

Support column storage solution designed by Visbeen Architects

Support column storage solution designed by Visbeen Architects

Many couples do not sleep in the same bedroom. Scott said that creating a “snore room,” or pocket bedroom somewhere near the master suite may be a welcome relief for those home owners. For others, it’s a space that could be used for storage, reading or other purposes.

Floor plan designed by Ryland Homes that includes a snore room

Floor plan designed by Ryland Homes that includes a snore room

Multi-generational layouts should be kept top of mind when designing to client lifestyles…

Multigenerational floorplan designed by Pardee Homes -

Multigenerational floorplan designed by Pardee Homes – Ground Floor

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Multigenerational floorplan designed by Pardee Homes – Second Floor

…as well as outdoor living spaces.

The 2013 New American Home highlights the best in outdoor living. Designed by Blue Heron  Homes

The 2013 New American Home highlights the best in outdoor living. Designed by Blue Heron Homes

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  1. Ralph Hughes says:

    WOW!! Large space in house. Designing the garage, laundry area, kitchens and bedrooms with more storage and sitting place is in trending now days. I must say your idea behind this new large space trending concept is more effective and helpful for customers.

  2. I must say your forecast was correct as the movement is in that direction only. I like the way you presented everything graphically.

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