Updated: Dec 2, 2018
Trends in home design in the last decade.
What is popular these days, what does everyone want, what is good for resale?
Ten years ago, I was making plans with two dining areas, a formal dining up front by the foyer, and a breakfast nook in back by the back porch. Every Master Bath had a basic shower and a big garden tub, with jets and all. The kitchens inevitably were land locked with no windows, and had a wrap around angled raised bar with a sink on it. This was the only part that was open to the rest of the house. Everyone wanted a Jack and Jill bathroom between two of the kids' rooms.
About five years ago, the plans began to get more and more open, the living rooms were melting into the kitchen and breakfast room, and soon the formal dining room died. Folks decided they never used the thing, it was a waste of space that they wanted to be put to use in bigger kids' rooms. The one big room that is the living room, dining, and kitchen, became standard, with the iconic large rectangular island in the kitchen and the views out the back to the yard. With this design, came the need for larger pantries, because there is less wall space for upper cabinets and appliances get relegated to one less wall than before due to being open to the living room. Laundry rooms became larger as well, and the mud room with a locker or bench has risen to be a standard item. The Jack and Jill bath has lost popularity, as has the big jetted tub. The Master shower has gained what the tub has lost, growing to epic proportions in upper scale homes, with two entrances and no doors, rain head fixtures, now even heaters in the ceiling. Folks got tired of cleaning glass shower walls, and the jets in the tubs got filthy. Jack and Jill bathrooms gave way to two private baths, or just one hall bath. They are just too crowded with too many doors, is the reason cited by most.
Rising construction costs and land costs have also caused changes. Metal roofs used to be common, now they are rare. Usually, on a normal size home, they add $10,000 to $15,000 to the job. With crunches elsewhere on all the other items folks want, this usually gets sidelined. Cement board siding is reigning supreme with the emergence of the farm house and modern farm house design. Narrower lots are taking their toll as well, forcing medium sized homes to struggle to achieve the side entry garage still imposed by deed restrictions.