Interior Design

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

By Chuck Tripp

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.


Free-standing bathtub from The Richelieu Plan 1157

At some point in the past three decades “the bathroom proper” evolved from being a purely utilitarian and unglamorous space which one visited only out of necessity: to wash one’s hands, draw a bath, as well as to relieve other, more pressing, needs. All that’s changed today, of course, as the bathroom has been elevated to priority status among homeowners, builders, and designers. In fact, the bathroom is often the first room (along with the kitchen) that gets the most urgent attention from new home buyers. Let’s take a look at just a couple of the bathroom trends impacting home design in 2015.