Home Design Trends
Home designers are incorporating the latest trends in their floor plans, making it possible for clients to build a home that is both beautiful and functional. Newer home designs often reflect the growing awareness of environmentally friendly materials, healthy homes, and flexible areas that accommodate changing lifestyles.
Building Green - Eco-friendly building is a great way to save – both the environment and on your utility bills. Ask your builder about using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber. These wood products are grown and harvested in an ecologically-sound manner. Large home improvement stores such as Lowes and Home-Depot carry the products, which are readily available.
Energy-Star certified appliances and materials are another way to improve the environment and lower the cost of running your new house. Everything from windows to dishwashers can carry the Energy Star logo.
Healthy Home – Homeowners want a home that looks and feels great. The increasing concern indoor air quality has created a new class of healthy building materials.
Ask your builder to use low VOC (volatile organic compounds) adhesives, sealants, paints, flooring and underlayment. Drywall can be primed or sealed with a specialty paint to reduce or eliminate gases being released into the home. Use solid wood for cabinets, shelving and trim to avoid the formaldehyde that can be emitted from composite wood with veneer.
Consider using carpets without stain repellents and fire retardants in low-traffic areas, and ask for non-toxic padding.
Flexible Space – Many current floor plans include extra space that can be changed and used according to the needs of a family. An office can be turned into a nursery. A bonus room can be a playroom or a bedroom. When choosing your floor plan, keep in mind your future needs and build a home that will suit your lifestyle for years to come.
Best wishes in the building of your new home!