CONGRATULATIONS, YANKEE BARN HOMES! Our smaller barn house, The Grantham Lakehouse, has won a very big award: NH Home 2015 Excellence in Design /Architectural Design Award. The NH Home's Excellence in Design Awards is a program that honors and celebrates excellence in home design and the creative use of materials in new, remodeled and historic residences. Yankee Barn Homes is a build-company accomplished in all three categories, so our decision was...
This is the time of year when those of us in the barn homes industry discover the new trends that are “hot” and decidedly “What Buyers What” when building a new home. Based on the winners of the 2013 “Best in American Living” Awards competition, presented by the national Association of Home Builders, today’s buyers are after high quality detailing. Esthetically pleasing specifics such as Carrera marble counter-tops, extra-large kitchen islands, and compact bathrooms that “live large” and appear more spacious, are but a few of the details buyers are seeking. As addressed in a previous blog post titled Barn House Multipurpose Room, people are after useful spaces and places for storage along with the ability to use rooms for multiple purposes. Rooms used for displaying collections, wine cellars, and outdoor kitchens continue to be popular.
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Barn Homes Hot Trends
High Tech Lighting: Lighting for mood as well as illuminating rooms, all energy efficient and able to be controlled from anywhere through the use of a smartphone or tablet. Designers are reporting the crystal chandelier is making a come back, as are LED lights. The latter, due to their ability to be placed most anywhere.
Spacious Compact Bathrooms: No longer feeling the need for a bath which rivals the Taj Mahal in square footage, buyers are seeking baths with a smaller footprint that feel larger due to glass walls or wall removal. These baths are often located between Duel Master Bedrooms, yet another current hot trend.
Kitchens with “Mega” Islands: Over sized islands are very popular as the kitchen is one of these busiest rooms in the home. People use it as the “hub” of family life both during the busy week and for fun, relaxing occasions on the weekend. The island is also one of the best places to set up the all-important docking/charging station for the entire family’s smartphone, tablets. etc. Entire cabinets are being built into islands specifically for this purpose.
Ceiling Treatments Which Draw The Eye: Probably you’ve done it; I know I have. Walked into a room and immediately looked up due to a ceiling that pulled your eye to it. Whether it’s a coffered ceiling, a barrel vault of an unusual painting/tiling technique, if it’s up there, people will Oo and ah!
Outdoor Living Spaces: From the front porch to patios, home owners want “useable” living space out their front and back doors; particularly the front.