Category: Misc.

Must-Have Amenities for the Home

Must-Have Amenities for the Home, Featuring Whirlpool® Brand Sunset Bronze Kitchen Suite

By Charles Richardson

When people are building or buying a house, they tend to focus on the location, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and size of the yard. These are all important, of course, but there are other features that homeowners should be looking at closely: amenities. Far too often we come across families or individuals who tell us, “I wish we had asked for specific amenities and upgrades that were important to us.” With that thought in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the trending, must-have amenities that buyers are looking for in 2015.

Outdoor Water Feature Trends for 2015

Outdoor Water Feature Trends for 2015

By Charles Richardson

Over the past few years, homeowners have taken a particular interest in expanding their living experience beyond the walls of their homes. The great outdoors have become a popular place to gather on the porch or patio with friends, or retreat into the quiet solitude of a well-cultivated garden. This year, we are continuing to see more and more homeowners incorporate water features to take that experience to the next level.

NEW HOUSING TRENDS 2015: Versatile Gardens

NEW HOUSING TRENDS 2015: Versatile Gardens

By Charles Richardson

Home gardens are continuing to be a popular trend in 2015. Over the past few years, homeowners have begun placing more emphasis on the outdoor living experience, utilizing decks, porches, patios, mini courtyards, terraces, verandas, and more. As part of this mass pilgrimage to the back yard, gardens have begun receiving extra attention from families, couples, and individuals of every age. “The garden has become a place for people to reconnect with nature,” says Chuck Tripp, of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. “They serve as a retreat from the stress and frenzy of everyday life.”

Landscape Design Trends for 2015

Landscape Design Trends for 2015: Back yard of the Arbordale Plan #452

By Charles Richardson

One of the main differences of homeowners today versus 40 or 50 years ago is a distinct emphasis on outdoor living spaces. This trend actually hearkens back to the 17th and 18th Centuries, when large estate owners in Europe went to great lengths to cultivate manicured gardens, meticulously cropped lawns, and tranquil nature pools. Although less palatial and grand than storied aristocratic estates, homes today in the United States have witnessed a resurgence in landscape design that features mixed gardens, pronounced water features, privacy areas, outdoor living space, and more.

Let’s take a quick look at a few of the most popular trends for 2015.