Curb appeal is important. Make no mistake. Even though the interior of a house often gets the majority of the homeowner’s attention, the exterior is equally important. According to Better Homes and Gardens, “an eye-catching exterior is one of the hottest home trends, and it’s a feasible update for both new and old homes. A front yard garden, fresh exterior color, updated hardware, or a new garage door can work wonders for your home’s facade.” The good news is families have more options and materials than ever to create the ideal exterior for their dream home.
Whether you’re young, old, or somewhere in between, most people love the outdoors. Especially in mild, temperate climates that afford numerous opportunities for getting outside for a little R-and-R. One trend we have noticed at Donald A. Gardner Architects in recent years is that homeowners value living spaces that extend beyond the walls of their house proper. Depending on your interests and imagination, there are seemingly unlimited possibilities to bring the outdside in…or rather, to expand your living experience beyond walls, doors, and windows to the great outdoors.
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.