Trends in our area
Open floor plans
Stone on interior walls and fireplaces
Paneling and custom trim
Granite countertops in kitchens and baths
Stainless steel appliances
Rooms prewired for sound
Soaking tubs and large, separate showers
First-floor laundry rooms
Sunrooms and covered porches
Carriage house garage doors
Touring houses in a Parade of Homes is a good way to see the latest in design and building trends.
It’s always interesting for Tom and me to see how our little house measures up, what needs to be updated, or what new ideas we can use to improve what we already have.
The parade this year featured 15 new houses constructed by 11 area builders. There was something for everyone with homes of all styles, sizes, and price ranges.
The new houses followed current trends and jived somewhat with what you hear the house hunters on HGTV always say they want—open concept, stainless steel, granite, hardwood floors, and double vanities. One surprise. We didn’t expect to see wall-to-wall carpeting anywhere. Yet, there it was. Even in the more upscale homes, bedrooms were carpeted.
[above] In the den (or home office), millwork paneling, custom window trim, and crown molding are stained a rich cherry.
[left] Trendy sliding barn door matches the paneling. Wall-to-wall carpeting is berber.
[below left to right] 1. In the master bath—a deep garden bathtub with custom millwork front panel sits beneath a glass block window; 2. Frameless glass shower enclosure . . . ceramic planks with a glass tile insert on the shower walls and bathroom floor . . . natural stone pebble tile flooring in the shower.
[above] Another quirky wall hanging—a safety pin sculpture in laundry room.
[right] Good advice for all.