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Top 5 Architecture Trends for Modern Homes in 2014

 

Top 5 Architecture Trends for 2014

1. Tranquility
More homeowners are seeing their homes as a place to get away from it all and relax, especially in certain rooms, particularly the bathroom. The spa bathroom is really big as a result of more people traveling to nice hotels. This year we are likely to see bright, big bathrooms with walk-in showers, roomy bathtubs and luxurious designs.

2. Kitchen as a focal point
Traditionally, kitchens were often located towards to back-end of the house, often away from high traffic areas, but we are seeing this shift more and more. This year we have seen the kitchen become more of the central point, the hub of the home; often placed in the center of an open floor plan, especially as more homeowners start to use their kitchen space as a multitasking room. Having the kitchen centered and open allows parents to help children with homework, talk and entertain all while cooking. It is more about a shared experience. Check out our article on modern homes kitchen design.

3. Traditional Design
While “midcentury modern design" is thriving and will continue to do so in 2014, more homeowners are looking at traditional home styles. Queen Anne-style homes with asymmetrical facades and detailed gables may also see a resurgence. However, attention to detail becomes increasingly important as homeowners look for exact replicas of the original styles.

4. Flex Rooms
 Flex rooms an adaptable spaces is an increasingly popular trend. Typically bedrooms, flex rooms are designed to give more privacy to larger families and usually include a separate space such as a reading area or study off the main bedroom area. These rooms may also be built with a change in mind. Many flex spaces include a private entrance, which could later become a rental unit.

5. Passive Homes
Architects are increasingly expected to include passive-house elements in their 2014 designs. Originally a European design, a passive house is built to work with the climate. For example, its roof may be pitched to make use of wind power, or it could have large windows installed to attract sunlight that heats the home. A passive-house design can slash energy consumption by up to 90 percent!

A qualified and experienced architect can advise you around what kitchen style and layout is best for you and your family. Take a look through our gallery of modern homes for some inspirational ideas, and don't hesitate to get in touch with our team, for an obligation free conversation.

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