Kitchen & Bath Trends 2016

Kitchen Trends 2016

Featured home: Tres Le Fleur by Archival DesignsFeatured Home: Tres Le Fleur by Archival Designs
  • Clean lines and bright whites prevail in traditional, contemporary, or transitional designs.
  • Turn your pantry into more than just food storage.  When possible, add a window, small sink, and ample storage for appliances.   Built-in floor toceiling shelves will maximize storage space and organization.
  • Incorporate energy-efficient task & accent lighting under cabinets and around circulation paths.
  • Age in place by moving more storage down, rather than keeping all cabinetry up high.
  • Over-sized kitchen island with cook top, outlets, drawers, recycling pullouts, and ample seating.
  • Warm color wood, or plank-style porcelain tile performs beautifully in the high traffic kitchen.

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Small Houses, Big Living

Less house, more home.   If you’re concerned building a small house means sacrificing modern amenities, think again!

So, why build small?  Here are a few things to consider:

  • Maximize functionality in every square inch.  Building a home is an investment, and it’s not secret consumers want to get the most bang for their buck.  Smaller home plans are thoughtfully designed providing quality spaces that flow seamlessly, and allow comfortable living for homeowners.
  • Purposeful spaces with quality materials.  By building less square feet, the total construction budget can be invested into higher quality materials in spaces that will actually be used.  Long gone are the days of living or dining rooms only used during special occasions.
  • Save time and live simply.  A smaller house means less cleaning, maintaining, and clutter.  By allowing the quantify of time devoted to maintaining the home to decrease, families can experience a newfound sense of freedom to enjoy each other.

Here are a few of our favorite homes under 2,500 sq. ft., boasting countless features:

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New Homes: What Do Consumers Want?

With so many house plan designs available today, there is no doubt your perfect home is waiting for you.  But, what does perfect mean?  What do you want out of your new house?

Housing preferences consistently evolve as the needs of homeowners change and technology advances.  Many times, age can play a significant role in what buyers want to see in a potential new home.   The NAHB recently released their latest study¹ and HousingEconomics shared an independent survey² revealing what consumers are most likely to request this year.

Family Triangle with Central Island

Open-layout great rooms are at the top of the list for consumers.   Large family areas with uninterrupted views from the kitchen, to the living room, to the dining area allow for easy entertaining and pay homage to more contemporary design.  Elegant and continuous woodwork on the ceiling ties the spaces together and brings back a touch of traditional design.  Central islands serve as a multi-functional space for cooking, eating, and entertaining.

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Savannah House – European/French Design  – Family Triangle Design. Exclusive at Archival Designs

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