“It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home” -Anonymous
A house becomes a home after the builders finish their work, when your family moves in, hangs their school photos on the wall, and posts their drawings on the refrigerator. But before any of that can happen, the house must be designed, and how that design evolves is determined by your family’s personal wants and needs. When designing their housing features, Bill Beazley Homes takes into consideration the lifestyles of the families they serve, while staying current with housing trends. Eight of those emerging design trends can be found below, as well as in any one of the Bill Beazley Home designs.
1. Affordable Automated Controls:
Automation costs have slimmed quite a bit in the last few years as demand has grown. Temperature, security, audio, lighting, sound systems, and intercoms can all be controlled through a single device, making it easier for families with busy lifestyles to manage their household and take back control of the controls. Some automated devices can even react intuitively to homeowners’ habits, and adjust to conserve energy costs. Bill Beazley’s energy star rated programmable thermostat, for example, saves families anywhere from 12-15 percent every month on their electricity bill.
2. Rethinking the Outdoors
Your outdoor living space should be as warm and inviting as the indoor living space. And second, it should be inhabitable nearly year-round. But that kind of livability requires you to think beyond the deck for just a second. Think furnishings, fire pits, fireplaces, grills, curtains, and even televisions and audio systems. Think high-efficiency glass windows and doors to make them energy-efficient, or perhaps screened porches. Some homeowners are going as far to add a built-in kitchen in their backyard complete with sink, storage, beer tap, pizza oven, refrigerator, and countertops. But if an outdoor kitchen doesn’t quite fit your family’s style, maybe adding a simple vegetable garden to your outdoor retreat is. Try starting with vegetables and herbs that your family eats frequently. When you’re ready, move onto other items that thrive in the area’s soil and climate. Click here to learn how you can build your very own raised garden bed.
3. Themes, Themes, Themes:
Nix the contemporary. More and more homeowners are switching over to designs with a European flair. Trending in homes across America are velvet pillows, unique antique pieces, Union Jack flags, red phone booths, and hounds tooth, floral, and crown patterns. We may be an ocean away from the Queen, but we Americans still like to feel like royalty.
4. Multimedia and Multi-Function Rooms:
Staying in to “just watch a movie” no longer has a negative connotation because families are now adding multimedia rooms into their home designs, rooms devoted to television viewing and movie watching. And who wouldn’t want their own private screening room? With comfortable seating, tables, and state of the art lighting and sound systems, watching a movie at home is now the better alternative to going out, especially with a fridge just a few feet away.
5. Neutrals with a Color Contrast:
While neutrals still remain the popular choices among homeowners who like to switch up décor every now and again, families are now adding a bit of a “pop”. Bright new accents such as raspberry-pink, sunshine-yellow, and electric-purple give that zing of contrast to ordinary walls. In addition there is a wide range of neutrals to choose from. Don’t think white is your only option. Blue-gray is a toned-down color that can be paired with almost anything.
6. Green Homes:
The green movement is strong and growing. Bill Beazley Homes is proud to offer products that are energy and water efficient as well as good for the environment. From our low volatile organic compound paint to our carpet of recycled yarn, we are extremely dedicated to bringing sustainable products into the home. We also offer the Green Choice gas burner that produces 33 percent lower nitrogen oxide emissions than standard burners, low flush toilets, and low-E double glazed vinyl windows. These products not only save energy and water every month, but they also save you money on your electricity and water bills. See what other green building techniques Bill Beazley Homes features.
7. Handcrafted Touches:
Unique statement pieces have been an ongoing trend among homeowners. These days the trend follows handcrafted artisanal pieces that add a personal, and heartening touch to a room. Bringing rustic wood into any room adds a warm, inviting feeling. Look for wood furniture that appears distressed or weathered. Or learn to do it yourself.
8. Warm Livable Kitchens:
Following the boom of DIY networks and home-improvement TV shows, remodeling has seen a major boost in popularity among modern families. The look these families want is somewhere between traditional and contemporary, with cabinets that are dark-stained or painted, tiles that are larger in size, and features that create a warm and livable atmosphere. The living room and bedrooms are no longer the central areas of activity. That heavyweight title now belongs the kitchen, and with so much going on in there, families want an area that is accessible and comfortable. They want a place where the whole family can congregate not just for food but homework, socializing, entertaining, paying the bills, and yes… hanging those beautiful drawings on the refrigerator.
Visit Bill Beazley’s Design Center to start your own trends.