Monday November 9, 2015
The biggest trend in new home design is “user experience,” according to our builders and their interior designers. Though the term is most often associated with technology, it also defines modern living spaces—in both looks and functionality. Here’s how Starkey Ranch builders are designing trend-setting livability and usability into their new homes.
Trend #1 – The open concept keeps getting bigger and more colorful
Interior designer Donna Mathis says the Sebring model she designed for Ryland Homes embodies everything that’s trending in wide-open living, creating a central gathering spot for the whole family.
The heart of the home includes an enormous kitchen with lots of prep areas and storage, furniture-grade cabinets, a center island that seats 3, space for a breakfast table, and a formal dining area—all of which open onto a big two-story living room. But the best feature is the expanse of glass doors that completely slide into the wall, creating a true indoor/outdoor living space that’s usable much of the year. The open feeling extends throughout this home with brilliant use of color and texture—multiple tones of warm gray are used as a neutral ground in every room, punctuated downstairs with bold pops of navy blue and coral in pillows, draperies and artwork.
You’ll find the same neutral background in the open-concept interior of M/I Homes’ Sheridan model, kicked up a big notch with shades of teal and chartreuse. Dark wood tones and solid-color upholstered furniture are coupled with bright colors in draperies, artwork, pillows, rugs and wallpaper – creating surprisingly Zen-like effect.
Trend #2 – Clutter control
Clutter is enemy number one in an open concept home, especially if kids and pets are part of the family. Starkey Ranch new homes make it easy to put things away, rather than just putting them down. Look for beautifully designed drop zones adjacent to the garage entry to capture and organize keys, shoes, backpacks and sports gear. Some even feature storage benches and cabinets designed for pet supplies, and special recessed areas for pet food bowls to keep them out of view. Walk-in pantries are in high demand, as are kitchen cabinets with built-in organizers, and enormous master closets with built-in drawers and cubbies that eliminate the need for dressers and chests.
Trend #3 – The remotely controlled home
It wasn’t that long ago that we were dazzled by the ability to turn on a gas fireplace or ceiling fan using a remote control. Today, the Internet of Things has made smart home technology more useful, less expensive, and far more fun than ever before. Our builders’ technology partners offer optional Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, smoke alarms, home security systems, lighting and appliances that can be monitored and controlled from your smart phone wherever you are. Though you may not need your refrigerator to send a text alert when the milk in running low, wouldn't it be nice to fire up the hot tub on your way home from a high-stress work day?