Amazingly cool stuff happening in home design: from home bowling alleys to eco-friendly artificial turf to motorized screens to keep those zika mosquitoes away.
This month’s home design post is based on my survey of trends coming out of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the High Point Furniture Market, Chicago’s Int’l Home & Housewares Show, and my absolute favorite and best source: dmagazine which covers Dallas’ premier homebuilders. Some of these trends also reflect the uptick in millennial home buyers (32% planning to buy over next 2 years vs. 25% a year ago).
1.SPECIALTY SPACES CATERING TO THE HOBBIES/INTERESTS OF OWNERS
Dallas custom homebuilders are being inundated with orders for:
- In-home bowling alleys
- Garages with stall drains for on site vehicle washing
- Tesla charging stations
- Fitness spaces with specialty flooring for shock absorption, walls of mirrors and rooms for Pilates and yoga.
- In-home spa salons equipped with commercial shampoo chairs
- Gift-wrapping stations and craft rooms are still hot.
- Holiday rooms with 12-foot closet openings for rolling the Christmas tree in and out without having to dismantle the decorations.
- Private guest casitas
- Secret, concealed rooms encased in steel for security, storm shelters, even playrooms (?).
- Larger rooms with wider hallways and doors but less square footage overall. Homeowners are also looking for more collaborative and adaptable spaces.
- What’s not a priority anymore? Formal dining rooms!!
Read on below for trends 2-5.
2. TAKE IT OUTSIDE: BLURRING THE LINE BETWEEN INDOOR/OUTDOOR
- Motorized screens are on everyone’s wish list (and with zika, expect more homeowners to request them).
- Outdoor pizza ovens and Teppanyaki grills are getting more popular (especially with millennials).
- Rooftop decks with irrigated planters, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and covered areas for TVs and furniture.
- Backyard vegetable gardens are especially popular with millennial homebuyers.
Minimizing a home’s energy consumption has become a priority. Millennials are particularly eco-conscious when it comes to outdoor improvements, adding rain barrels to trap storm water and planting native species and grasses.
- Artificial turf is replacing live lawns —no mowing or fertilizing required. It’s pet friendly, kid friendly, green all the time, requires no watering, and is maintenance free. ForeverLawn artificial turf is a favorite and is heavily promoted by Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.
- LED lighting for its energy efficiency. Lutron lighting systems, with wireless remotes, are becoming standard.
- “Repurposed” wood takes “reclaimed” to a whole new level.
4. KIDS IS A HUGE MARKET
- Kartell launched a range of children’s furniture at the Milan Design Show including a transparent rocking horse by Nendo.
- Front also created a rocking horse for Gebruder Thonet Vienna
- Kids’ lofts and secret hideaway spots atop children’s rooms with ladders and climbing holds for rock-climbing accessibility are becoming more popular in custom houses.
- Astroturf dog runs and washing-and-drying stations.
- Custom cabinetry for food and water with built-ins for food storage, specialty plumbing fixtures, and pet-friendly flooring are common requests.
- Built-in kennels and pet rooms under the staircase.
- Small doghouses connected to the house that allows the pet to go in and out of the home freely.