As home designers and remodelers we work one-on-one with our customers helping them to identify their wants and needs. We are focused on each individual project and making sure that the design of the space incorporates the features that are most important to the homeowner.
But it’s good to step back and look at what the overall trends are throughout the country. What are the “bells and whistles” in kitchen and bath design that are increasing in popularity at the most rapid rates?
The American Institute of Architects conducts a survey quarterly on home design trends. According to the fourth quarter 2005 survey the feature showing the highest increased popularity in kitchens was larger pantries (56%). Next were high-end appliances (55%), family space integration (53%), natural stone counters (53%), island work areas (35%), and natural wood cabinets (32%).
In the bathroom category the feature showing the highest increase in popularity, by far, was multi-head showers (63%), followed by steam showers at a distant second (35%), multiple vanities (29%), and separate showers (28%).
An awareness of trends can be particularly helpful to homeowners when making remodeling decisions for resale purposes. But remember, if you’re planning to be in your home for longer than five years you should design the home to meet your own wants and needs first and foremost.