Top Six Home Trends for 2013 - Be a Step Ahead of the Curve

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

2013 is the year to build new homes, but with a new home comes all these decisions ranging from what type of wood to use in the kitchen right down to the finish on the doorknobs. A little overwhelming, right? Don’t cry over your color swatches just yet because the ever dedicated agents at Lancaster Homes, Houston’s premier home builders, have the top six home trends for 2013 that can help your newly built home be as modern and comfortable as possible! Here are some tips according to Realtor Magazine:

Smarter, Less Costly Automated Controls:

The modern family is running at ninety miles an hour and, thankfully, technology has caught up with our bustling families. 2013 brings with it a smarter, more affordable home system that can control and monitor everything from security to the air temperature through a single device. Investing in these high-tech home systems “can eliminate multiple controls and make it easy for home owners to manage things around their home, even when they aren’t there,” says Jim Carroll, a founder of Savant Systems in Cape Cod, Mass., which designs and develops integrated automation solutions. Lancaster builders will work one on one with you to understand and install these advanced systems to ensure that your home is a step ahead of the curve as well as being more secure and productive.

Outdoor Living Rooms and Screened Porches:

Back in the 90’s, porch decks housed a lone bench you got from a swap meet that never saw much action thanks to the consistent 100 degree weather outside. Lone crackled painted benches are a thing of the past thanks to the new trend of the deluxe decks, or “outdoor living rooms”, that have caught on like wild fire. Magazines like Southern Living rave about the importance and functionality of these tricked out outdoor spaces. These new spaces aren’t your grandmother’s rocking-chair porch; they have better furnishings, fire pits, curtains, and even televisions and audio systems. “Some spaces are designed as courtyards for greater privacy, yet with high-efficiency glass windows and doors to make them energy-smart and seamless with indoor rooms,” says Lowder of Mercer Home. Whether it is at CandleLight Place or you own Houston lot, Lancaster can offer a great outdoor environment as well as a great sense of community to enjoy these great spaces with! Visit our communities to come one step closer to having the outdoor living room of your dreams as well as the friendly atmosphere that will allow you to fully enjoy it! 

Outdoor Kitchens and Vegetable Gardens:

Considering we don’t get much time to take breaks from our modern hectic lifestyles, we have all begun to appreciate and yearn for the simple pleasures in life that will allow us to bond and grow, and what better way to bond with someone then over a slice of homemade pizza or a locally fermented glass of wine. Along with their luxurious outdoor living rooms, home builders are constructing superior outdoor kitchens and gardens with an emphasis on convenience and staying “green”. Homebuilders are going as simple as a grill and as elaborate as a built-in cook’s station with sink, storage, beer tap, pizza oven, refrigerator, and countertops. Many new home builders continue on to plant vegetable gardens with raised beds, so you don’t have to bend down much, and plastic eco-friendly greenhouses covering them, so the animals don’t get in. These personal gardens allow for a unique touch that home builders should defiantly keep in mind.

Lighter Looks:

Whether you are moving to the city or simply opt for the minimal, homes are getting smaller. Reduced spaces call for scaled-back pieces that can serve multiple purposes along with better lighting and mirrored effects that can give the illusion of a bigger space. Small spaces can easily appear overwhelming so the thing to do is look light. Look light in the sense that everything has a place either hidden or organized so as to fool the eye into thinking there is much more available space then there actually is. Lancaster Homes is known for their great attention to windows and natural lighting that will have your new home looking like it has as much space as Minute Maid Park! Lancaster agents can also guide you to furniture stores and designers that specialize in the “lighter” look, which will get you three steps ahead on creating your personal airy and vibrant home.

Get Green:

If anything has changed over the past four decades that Lancaster has been building homes, it has been the push to go “green”. The advance in materials and products that are eco-friendly in the past several years alone, particularly when it comes to choosing paints, adhesives, countertops, and flooring, has allowed new home builders to create a totally self-sufficient and ecological home. Large paint companies such as Benjamin Moore, Glidden, Kelly Moore, and Sherwin Williams offer zero-VOC or odor-free paints, according to an article at Healthy House Institute by Linda Mason Hunter, author of The Healthy Home: An Attic to Basement Guide to Toxin-Free Living. Lancaster homes is devoted to this movement as much as you are and, as a premier home builder in Houston, we will go to extra measure to ensure that your home is cool and efficient , protecting you from the Houston elements all the while saving you some serious cash!

Handcrafted Elements:

Because more people are building their own homes, the need for hand-crafted and unique details has sky-rocketed. After all, what’s the point in building your own home when you can’t brag about the personalized distinctive elements that set your home apart? There is nothing wrong with a home that comes with some bragging rights!

Stylish Kitchens and Bathrooms:

Stylish kitchens and bathrooms have obviously never gone out of style and remain at the top of many home owners’ “must haves” lists. Home builders in 2013 lean towards a subtle blend of the traditional and contemporary elements that make for a homey but modern atmosphere that can be used for years. Lancaster builders specialize in both kitchen and bathroom construction with completely on trend designs that will have your family and friends marveling over them for years to come. Come look at our photo gallery and see for yourself our stylish kitchens and bathrooms that could all be yours!

2013 comes with a great amount of trends for home builders and, whether you incorporate all of them or none at all, Lancaster Homes will be there with you every step of the way assisting you with your new home in Houston. Contact us today to let Lancaster Homes be your guide to construct a trendy home ready for the great year of 2013!

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