The Top Home Design Trends of 2011

Whether you are planning to remodel your home or build a new home, it’s always helpful to take a look at what’s trending in home design, as that will help you determine certain features that you do or don’t want to incorporate into your space. Recently, Builder magazine rounded up the top trends of 2011, which the magazine said were “direct and smart responses to shifting priorities” due to the current state of the economy.

We’ve listed a few of those trends below. Take a look and see if any of these trends might cater to your interests.

  • Open floorplans that incorporate the living room, kitchen, and dining rooms into one spacious area continue to be preferred over more formal spaces among most homeowners, as they meet a variety of living situations.
  • Customized storage systems also remain popular, especially in the kitchen and in bedroom closets, as stylized storage systems offer a sophisticated look and a practical solution to help maintain a neat and tidy home.
  • Of course, green tactics are also on a steady rise, especially with the laws that have been passed this year. For example, the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is said to be “30% tougher” than the IECC of 2006. The 2012 IECC requires for mandatory air infiltration tests in all homes to ensure building envelope efficiency; that ducts be tested to a tighter duct leakage standard; and to increase the stringency for insulation and glazing efficiency requirements, as well as various other changes.

Custom closets continue to be a common request in new homes and remodels.

You can find the rest of the top design trends of 2011 on Builder magazine’s website.

If you’re planning to remodel or construct a new home, don’t forget that Horner Millwork offers millwork, windows, doors, and much more, including products that meet many green building standards. Check out our website to learn more about our offerings. Also, if you are in need of builder or architect for your project, we’ll be happy to offer some recommendations to you.

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