|Remember Jennifer Beals’ character dancing like a maniac in her converted warehouse home in Flashdance? Well, warehouse living is becoming popular again. In addition to the trend of readapting existing structures like warehouses, factories and old churches to create dream homes, new technologies, new materials, and new building philosophies are dictating some exciting trends for the 2014 home design and building industry:
Flexible spaces—With multi-generational living arrangements increasing as college students return home to their parents’ homes and aging parents move into their children’s homes, flexible spaces are becoming more popular. This means more sliding doors, movable partitions, dining rooms with multi-purpose family spaces, home offices and hobby rooms.
Open house plans— Instead of enclosing the kitchen and the dining room, open floor plans combine the kitchen and adjacent living areas into a single, large gathering space. High ceilings, beautiful flooring, and lots of windows make these open spaces bright, airy and beautiful.
Outdoor living—Do you want to sleep under the stars? Or how about prepare lasagna in the moonlight? There’s a new trend in eco-friendly design that includes building outdoor rooms— everything from bedrooms to kitchens.
Storm-proof architecture—Due to storms and earthquakes that have destroyed many homes, new design is doing its best to mitigate the damage of natural disasters.
Factory-made homes—Prefab homes are actually cool in 2014! They have a new look and feel, and are now built with stronger modular building materials including steel and glass.
Bigger closets and garages—We love stuff! We just need somewhere to store all of it. Consequently, closets and garages as getting bigger.
Healthier homes –With an increased awareness of our health and the health of the environment, toxic-free, bio-degradable and sustainable materials are becoming more and more popular in home building.
Feng Shui Homes – Fung Shui is back! More home owners are using Feng Shui and Vástu Shástra in home designs to increase health and prosperity.
The new design trends of 2014 reflect our focus on our families, our health, and the health of our environment—the same values we cherish at Professional Design and Drafting. We look forward to meeting your residential and commercial properties design needs. For more information on our company, log onto www.professionaldesignanddrafting.com or call us at 858-750-6669.
* 2014 trends from the Plan Collection.