As households spend more time at home for work and school, we’re seeing trends designed to make homes more comfortable and enjoyable. If you plan on building or renovating in the near future, consider these four design trends to help create a modern, sustainable and functional home.
1. Connecting Indoors and Outdoors
Create visual and physical connections to nature with large windows, beautiful views and increased natural light. Install large glass patio doors to extend your living space and connect the two areas. The perfect patio door will provide a smooth transition to the outdoors and become a focal point of any room. You won’t regret having the option to shift the dining room outside on clear evenings.
2. More Outdoor Spaces
Invest in landscaping to build more outdoor spaces where you can relax with family and friends. Ensure some areas are covered to allow you to stay outside despite rain or snow. Section off a spot in your backyard for a fire pit, or build a pergola surrounded by lush foliage. Add layers with retaining walls and plants, and strategically connect each area with pathways. Use your imagination to create your very own backyard oasis tailored to your needs and interests.
3. A Multifunctional Home Office
Working from home has its perks, but you need space that will help you focus and be productive. If you’re building a house, dedicate a room for a home office, which can also double as a guest bedroom. If renovating, use the current space available in your home and create an office area that can be neatly tucked away. Get creative and utilize a kitchen nook or convert an unused closet into an office with a desk and storage.
4. Eco-Conscious Decisions
Sustainability is increasingly important when building and renovating. Take inspiration from nature and incorporate natural textures and materials such as stone and wood into your renovation or build. When choosing new or replacement siding, consider vinyl siding, which is a sustainable choice that can mimic wood grain. Replace windows and doors with ENERGY STAR® certified products to help improve your energy efficiency.