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As kitchens move away from stainless-steel everything and toward a more colorful aesthetic, we’re thrilled to see the rise of tempered-glass (or painted-glass) backsplashes. The look is modern and playful--and the material is extremely easy to free from splatters of tomato sauce.
Not only are home buyers demanding more outlets than ever, but they’re also outfitting their walls with built-in USB ports for anytime charging. The coolest, greenest part? These USB ports automatically shut off once the device is fully juiced up.
Hate cleaning the whole house for a party only to find your guests have all congregated in the (messy) kitchen? Lay down the vacuum. The newest trend is to have one big, flashy (clean) kitchen for show and a second, smaller “dirty” kitchen where the real cooking happens.
The traditional wisdom is that you need a bathtub to stay resale-friendly. But increasingly, we’re seeing a move toward fancy-schmancy shower-only bathrooms. More specifically, ones with curbless showers, where the bathroom floor transitions into the shower floor.
Smart Home Systems
For the truly tech-savvy, programmable lighting, locking and thermostat systems (which can be controlled from afar via smartphone) are very much in demand. We’re particularly keen on the Nest thermostat, which remembers what temperatures you like and turns itself down while you’re away.
Open Floor Concepts
Maybe it’s just that nobody has a need for privacy anymore, but these days walls are seeming a bit passé. For 2014, we’re seeing a move toward open, loftlike floor plans, where the kitchen becomes the den, which becomes the dining room.
One of the most popular releases at this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas was Viking’s new French-door double oven. Inspired by appliances in commercial kitchens, these double-door beauties allow for easier operation and cleanup.
With space at a premium, why not build a staircase that doubles as a storage unit? We love these sneaky pullouts made by bespoke British designers Deriba Furniture.
Walls, countertops, flooring: Concrete is seriously blowing up on the design scene. Of course, the look isn’t for everyone, but if you’re after a super-durable, affordable surface, it’s not a bad idea.
As anyone who’s ever carpeted her bathroom knows, interior design trends can be fickle. (Carpet? What were you thinking?)
That’s why we try to stay up on what’s cool in the home-decor world without, you know, being a slave to what’s cool in the home-decor world.
To that end, we present--without judgment--the top 10 trends for home construction in 2014. From smart home systems to tempered-glass backsplashes to secret “dirty” kitchens, these are the add-ons, amenities and materials that today’s home buyers are requesting.
Check out our list to see which trends you like--and which you think are headed to the land of avocado-green appliances.
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