5 trends in home de­sign that will stand the test of time

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Realestate - By Dan DiC­lerico

Alot of home de­sign trends are over fast, mak­ing homes feel dated — think plas­tic fur­ni­ture cov­ers or shag car­pet in the bath­room. Oth­ers have the power to en­dure, ei­ther be­cause they strike the right bal­ance of style and func­tion­al­ity, or they solve a real prob­lem for homeowners.

We turned to the pro­fes­sion­als at HomeAd­vi­sor to pin­point five trends in home de­sign that should de­liver sat­is­fac­tion and value over the long haul.

1. DURABLE MA­TE­RI­ALS

Homeowners are stay­ing in their homes longer than ever — a decade or more in many cases, up from the usual five to seven years. That’s put­ting a pre­mium on lon­glast­ing ma­te­ri­als. A fa­vorite among de­sign­ers and con­trac­tors is quartz coun­ter­tops, which can re­sem­ble nat­u­ral stone but are far more re­sis­tant to stain­ing and scratch­ing.

Porce­lain tile floor­ing is an­other hot ma­te­rial that com­bines dura­bil­ity and aes­thet­ics. Wood-look porce­lain is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar, given the pref­er­ence for hard­wood floor­ing through­out the home, in­clud­ing the bath­room, where nat­u­ral wood floors would be prone to water dam­age.

2. LOW-MAIN­TE­NANCE FIN­ISHES

With the pace of life con­tin­u­ing to pick up for most Amer­i­cans, any­thing that re­duces main­te­nance is sure to catch on. That’s why many de­sign­ers think black stain­less steel is here to stay.

Most ap­pli­ance man­u­fac­tur­ers now have ver­sions of the ma­te­rial, which has a warmer feel than tra­di­tional stain­less steel.

Black stain­less steel also re­sists smudges and finger­prints bet­ter than tra­di­tional metal, mak­ing it a per­fect fit for house­holds with young chil­dren.

The low-main­te­nance trend also ap­peals to older homeowners, who are look­ing to stay in their homes as they age. Ex­am­ples in­clude self-clean­ing gut­ters, which elim­i­nate the need to climb up and down lad­ders, or low­main­te­nance ground­cov­ers in place of la­bor-in­ten­sive lawns.

3. SMART TECH­NOL­OGY

Smart home tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to push into the main­stream. In fact, real es­tate agents say it’s be­com­ing a key sell­ing point, espe­cially among younger buy­ers. The best tech­nol­ogy adds safety, con­ve­nience and ef­fi­ciency. Smart ther­mostats check all three boxes, au­to­mat­i­cally con­trol­ling a home’s cli­mate to make it more healthy, com­fort­able and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient. Other can’t-miss smart home tech­nol­ogy, ac­cord­ing to the HomeAd­vi­sor pros do­ing the in­stal­la­tions, in­clude video door­bells and au­to­mated light­ing.

4. OUT­DOOR LIV­ING

There’s a rea­son build­ing a deck or pa­tio is one of HomeAd­vi­sor’s most com­mon project re­quests: Out­door liv­ing is a must-have fea­ture of to­day’s homes.

Not sur­pris­ingly, HomeAd­vi­sor’s lat­est Home­owner Hap­pi­ness In­dex put decks and pa­tios on the list of fea­tures that spark the most joy in homeowners, right up there with up-to-date kitchens and bath­rooms.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers have re­sponded with a slew of prod­ucts and ma­te­ri­als aimed at max­i­miz­ing the out­door liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing weather-re­sis­tant coun­ter­tops, back­yard fire pits and fold­ing glass doors that cre­ate a seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween the in­doors and out­doors.

5. WELL­NESS FEA­TURES

The well­ness trend is ev­i­dent all over the house, start­ing with the kitchen. Steam ovens, for ex­am­ple, which are 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, in­clud­ing blenders for smooth­ies, dips and other health­ful recipes, and multi-cook­ers that can whip up a batch of quinoa, oat­meal or even yo­gurt.

Be­yond the kitchen, HomeAd­vi­sor pro­fes­sion­als are see­ing a rise in well­ness rooms, whether for yoga, med­i­ta­tion or a spin on the In­ter­net-con­nected sta­tion­ary bike. These spa­ces are a way for homeowners to en­sure that their bod­ies and minds stand the test of time, as much as the home de­sign trends listed here.

HOMEOWNERS ARE STAY­ING IN THEIR HOMES LONGER THAN EVER — A DECADE OR MORE IN MANY CASES, UP FROM THE USUAL FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS. THAT’S PUT­TING A PRE­MIUM ON LONG-LAST­ING MA­TE­RI­ALS. A FA­VORITE AMONG DE­SIGN­ERS AND CON­TRAC­TORS IS QUARTZ COUN­TER­TOPS …

Mike Siegel/The Seat­tle Times/TNS

Homeowners are in­creas­ingly seek­ing long-last­ing ma­te­ri­als, and quartz coun­ter­tops are be­com­ing ever more pop­u­lar.

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