De­sign fea­tures that out­last trends

Whether en­dur­ing style or prob­lem-solv­ing abil­ity, these are long-term in­vest­ments

StarMetro Toronto - - DAILY LIFE - HOMES Dan Dic­lerico

Out­door spa­ces have be­come a top draw, and man­u­fac­tur­ers have stepped up with a range of prod­ucts. Home de­sign trends can be fast to come, faster to go. And once gone, they make homes feel dated.

But some have the power to en­dure, ei­ther be­cause they strike the right bal­ance of style and func­tion­al­ity, or they solve a real prob­lem for home­own­ers.

Some trends that are here for the long haul:

1. Smart tech­nol­ogy: Younger buy­ers are big on smart home fea­tures. The best tech­nol­ogy adds safety, con­ve­nience and ef­fi­ciency, and smart ther­mostats check all three boxes by con­trol­ling a home’s cli­mate to make it more healthy, com­fort­able and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient. Other can’t-miss fea­tures in­clude video door­bells, smart locks and au­to­mated light­ing.

2. Out­door liv­ing: Homeadvisor’s lat­est Home­owner Hap- A grow­ing fo­cus on health has put a new em­pha­sis on well­ness fea­tures, like yoga rooms, in homes.

pi­ness In­dex put decks and pa­tios on the list of fea­tures that spark the most joy in home­own­ers — right up with mod­ern­ized kitchens and bath­rooms.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers have re­sponded with a slew of prod­ucts to max­i­mize the out­door liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing weather-re­sis­tant coun­ter­tops, back­yard fire pits and Smart tech­nol­ogy, such as ther­mo­stat con­trol and video door­bells, add safety and com­fort.

fold­ing glass doors that cre­ate a seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween the in­doors and out­doors.

3. Well­ness fea­tures: Steam ovens, a fast and healthy way to pre­pare meals, are be­ing tapped by more de­sign­ers, ac­cord­ing to data from the Na­tional Kitchen & Bath As­so­ci­a­tion.

Small ap­pli­ance sales are also surg­ing, and those in­clude

blenders for smooth­ies and dips, and multi-cook­ers that can whip up a batch of quinoa, oat­meal or even yo­gurt. Well­ness rooms are also on the rise for yoga, med­i­ta­tion, or a spin on the In­ter­net-con­nected sta­tion­ary bike.

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