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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.”

NEW HOUSING TRENDS 2015: Countertops aren’t what they used to be

By Chuck Tripp

NEW HOUSING TRENDS 2015: Countertops aren’t what they used to be

There was a time when the countertop, like the kitchen itself, was a mere product of functionality. A place to cut, slice, dice, mix, pour, batter, and spin ingredients into creations that became food. Occasionally the house cat would take a nap atop the counter, but outside of that, its value was minimal.