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The 6 Hottest Home Design Trends of 2017

Categories: Home Design Trends, New Home Selections, New Homes | Posted: September 26, 2016

From multi-functional designs and elements to mixing metal finishes, we had some of the top designers and professionals weigh in on the hottest trends you’ll be seeing in 2017.


Liz Toombs, C.I.D, Owner, Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors & Out of the Box Room Design

 

Home Design Trends wallpaper

Wallcoverings have matured since your grandmother had bold  floral prints adorning her walls. I personally love grass cloth. The key to choosing the right paper is to make sure the busyness of the pattern is appropriate for the space where it will hang.  I advise clients to avoid a busy print in a large, regularly used space like their living room, as they will likely tire of it quickly.  Contrary to that, a powder bath is a small space where not much time is spent, so it’s safe to be bold on those walls! If you’re afraid to commit to a wallpaper, try it out in a small area of your home such as the back of a bookcase or china cabinet. If you like how it turns out, consider adding some pattern and texture to other areas of your home.  Be careful not to paper everything, choosing strategic placement for wallpaper gives you maximum impact.

 

Home Design Trends Mixed Metals

Mixing finishes – Tastefully mixing metal finishes in your home is very chic. We are mixing our metals in jewelry, and the look is stunning. Why would home fashion be any different? Homeowners often feel they have to choose one metal finish and stick to it throughout their entire house – not true.  Don’t get pigeonholed into one finish. Mix things up and you’ll be surprised how naturally things work together. Antique brass and oil rubbed bronze are my personal favorite combination.

 

 


Sacha Ferrandi, Founder, Source Capital Funding, Inc.

 

Home Design Trends Smart HomeOne of the biggest trends in 2017 will be the rise of ‘Smart Everything’. As appliances and amenities that connect with the internet (such as Nest, smart fridges, heated driveways, etc.) become more affordable, we will see a rise in this type of ‘custom’ design in new homes and renovations.

These smart appliances are part of a general trend of customization in the home design world. This is especially true for Millennials that are entering the home industry, as they want to purchase homes that are built around their interest and desires.

 


Matthew Goodwin, Founder and President, Ver-Tex Construction Specialties, Inc.

 

Home Design Trends ShadesOne of the biggest trends we see continuing to increase is daylight  harvesting. Daylight harvesting maximizes natural light, helping to enhance efficiency and productivity, while maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your space.

Motorized shades can be a tremendous aid to maximizing how you use (and conserve) daylight, especially when those shades or blinds are integrated into a smart home automation system. On a sunny day, the space uses less artificial light. On a cloudy day, the interior lights will brighten to create the ideal work environment.

These shading systems also protect furniture, fine art, rugs, and even wood surfaces, from the sun’s damaging UV rays. As more families move towards creating a smart home, motorized shade control with iPad apps and new
remote controls are increasing in popularity.


Doug Hopeman, CEO, Artificial Plants and Trees
Home Design Trends outdoorseating

 

The use of multi-purpose furniture will be a huge design trend we see next year. Many homeowners are looking for furniture that is versatile and weather-proof but still modern and luxurious.

 

 

 

 

 


Lilian H Weinreich, Owner, Lilian H Weinreich Architects

Project: Bleecker Street Renovation Architect: Lilian Weinreich Architects Location: New York NY

Elegant room dividers: full height sliding partitions are multi-functional and multi-user friendly.

No matter the ceiling height, full height partitions elongate a space. They can also be used as folding screens to provide privacy, in the image below, a folding screen shields the view from the front door. Partitions can also create flexibility by dividing spaces. Glazed screens allow daylighting while still providing privacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


image of mixed metal kitchen by Houzz

 

Choosing the Right Size Home For You

Categories: New Home Selections | Posted: September 10, 2015

When building or purchasing a home, it's important to consider how much house you actually need.

When you’re house-hunting, do you ever feel like Goldilocks? This one is too big. This one is too small. How do you know which home is the perfect fit? How much house do you and your family really need? There are several variables to consider.

Right-sizing your home and your life is important to today’s homebuyers. When you factor in the maintenance, utilities, taxes, and comfort, you realize that the choice of your next home should be based on more than love at first sight.

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you’re looking for a new home.

  1. What can I afford now and in the future? Look at your financial situation. Will the cost of purchasing and maintaining this new home prevent you from meeting your savings goals? Remember, that just because you are pre-approved for a particular mortgage amount doesn’t mean that you should spend that much. Be clear on your expenses and goals before committing to your new home.
  2. How much time do you have for home maintenance? Whether it’s more rooms to clean, a yard (and maybe a pool) to keep up, and possibly some aging systems or spaces that need updates, some homes need more tender loving care than others. A big yard is beautiful, but can you keep it looking nice? If not, can you afford to pay someone to handle the task (see question #1)? Do you like to travel? If you’re on the road, is your home easy enough to lock up and go, without worrying about its care and feeding?
  3. Is there room to grow—and do you need it? Calculate the number of rooms and square footage you need to be comfortable—and be realistic. Will your family be growing? Will you need a home office in the future? Is it possible an aging relative might live with you? Does the new home have enough storage space or will you have to de-clutter—and CAN you?
  4. Where do you feel comfortable? Do you like big spaces or is cozy a better feel for you? Do you need a getaway in your home? Will a spacious spa-like bath be a valuable retreat? Do you need space to accommodate hobbies, like a workshop, fitness room, or craft studio? Don’t compromise on the true comforts that make your house a home.

When you’re in the process of house-hunting, look at a wide variety of sizes and styles. Take note of the layouts you like, the room sizes that feel right, and the outside space that seems like a good fit for your comfort zone. Take the time to make a list of your new home priorities, and keep that with you as a checklist when looking at properties, so you aren’t swayed by appearance. Remember, size only matters when it’s the right size!

Demand Report: Millennials prefer single-family homes

Categories: Lifestyle, New Home Selections, New Homes, Real Estate News | Posted: July 20, 2015

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While Baby Boomers showed a preference in their early years for apartment living, their grown children are leaning toward the single-family home as their housing preference—whether renting or owning. A Fannie Mae report released July 1, 2015 showed that a rising number of people between the ages of 25 and 34 are occupying single-family homes.

In 2000, 50.9 percent of renters and 84.5 percent of homeowners in this age group lived in a single-family home. In 2013, those numbers increased to 52.4 and 88.9 percent, respectively. Not a huge leap, but the trend continues, according to the report, “Rent or Own, Young Adults Still Prefer Single-Family Homes”.

Patrick Simmons, director of strategic planning for Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Group, said the upward climb is important for builders and developers. “Given the massive size of the Millennial generation, this life-cycle progression should support continued recovery in housing construction, and bodes well for a stronger rebound in the single-family sector in the second half of the decade.”

Previously, Millennials had posted smaller homeownership numbers than their preceding generations, Generation X, Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation (Traditionalists). But the shift toward the desire for living in a single-family home—as opposed to apartment, condominium, townhome, or multi-family residence—is expected to grow as the Millennials reach their 30s, “prime years for first-time homeownership”, according to Simmons. The improved job market, low interest rates on mortgages, and lower down payment requirements are providing significant incentives to convert Millennials into homeowners.

A National Association of Homebuilders survey of the 25- to 35-year-olds showed that 75 percent want a single-family home, and almost 25 percent are looking to live in a rural area, away from the city. They also like their extras, and are willing to pay for options, like energy-efficiency, larger garages, pantries, linen closets, and walk-out basements. They’ll also find the money in their budget to pay for granite or quartz countertops and premium light fixtures.

Millennials are poised to make a major impact on the housing market in the not too distant future.

8 Reasons Why New Homes Beat Used Homes Every Time

Categories: Custom Home Building, Home Warranty, Interior Design, NAHB, New Home Selections, New Homes, Real Estate News | Posted: July 7, 2015

New homes offer more choices and better quality than "used" or older homes.

With great pricing and availability today in new home communities, why would you ever buy a used home? While a used home may sound like a great deal, there are so many more reasons to buy new.

Here are 8 great reasons to consider new verses used as you dive into the current housing market.

1) Quality Construction: Have you ever visited an older home and noticed exterior paint pealing, floors creaking, and a slight breeze through windows or doors even when they’re closed? Each year construction methods improve. With more durable, low maintenance materials and improved building codes, a new home is more airtight and needs less overall care than their older cousins.

2) Pick Your Options: When you walk into a used home you see cabinets that aren’t your first choice, floor coverings that don’t match your tastes and more. When you purchase new, you get to sit down with an array of colors, materials, and styles to choose from in order to make a house reflect your own personal taste.

3) Cleanliness: How do you feel about old toenail clippings or what a black light might uncover as you walk across 5 year-old carpets in that “bargain” foreclosure? Not to mention the things that find their way into crevices of kitchens and bathrooms…in a new home you have the unmistakable pleasure of being the first person to live in the home. It’s truly a clean slate.

4) No Surprises: Used homes may seem like a great deal until you move in and 3 months later the hot water heater blows, the roof leaks, or the dishwasher needs to be replaced. New homes come with new appliances and guarantees.

5) Warranties: A good home builder will provide security against those surprises that happen with a used home. When you buy new you receive builders’ warranties, structural warranties, and the manufacturers warranties that come with new appliances and other materials used to construct your home.

6) Community Lifestyle: New home communities are designed with community in mind. Many have the benefits of walking trails, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools and other amenities that bring the community together. Since everyone in the neighborhood is new you get to take advantage of making new friends and shaping the neighborhood and your lifestyle at the same time.

7) Energy Efficiency: With current industry standards pushing toward greater energy efficiency and smaller environmental footprints, homes are being built with everything from Low-E windows to low flow toilets to reduce consumption and keep bills down. Older homes do not have the benefit of these technologies.

8) No Updating Nightmares: Older homes often look like a good deal if you could just move that wall, put in better lighting, and gut the hot pink bathroom. What you don’t realize is a small project can get out of hand quickly when you peal back the surface. With a new home you can get involved in the process, choose your options and layouts upfront and get what you want the first time through.

These are just 8 of many reasons why new beats out used every time. Have we missed any? Let us know!

5 Tips to design a chef’s kitchen you’ll love

Categories: Custom Home Building, Home Design Trends, Interior Design, New Home Selections, Renton Homes, Sammamish Homes | Posted: May 28, 2015

Tips for designing the ultimate chefs kitchen for almost any home

When cooking is your passion, the kitchen is the most important space in your home. Today’s foodies are investing in designing the ultimate chef’s kitchen. You don’t need massive space—just smart planning. A true chef’s kitchen is designed with functionality in mind.

Here are some helpful tips to design a chef’s kitchen.

  1. Efficient layout. Follow the triangle pattern that connects you to the sink, refrigerator, and range, without excess steps. A U- or L-shaped kitchen layout or center island provides the best flow from these three key places.
  2. Easy care, durable surfaces. Certainly, you want an attractive kitchen, but you need to consider that the workspace is going to need to withstand a lot of spills, chopping, hot pans and dishes, and splatters. Look for surfaces that are easy to clean, resist stains, and can hide the inevitable scratches. Stainless steel is ideal for appliances and sinks. A quartz countertop is easier to maintain than granite, while still providing an elegant appearance.
  3. Non-skid flooring. With spills and splatters prevalent in your kitchen, you’ll need a non-skid floor. Travertine tile is beautiful, but not easy to keep clean. Cork flooring is becoming more popular in kitchens because it’s eco-friendly, durable, and provides a bit of cushioning for your feet. Vinyl flooring or ceramic tile with a non-skid coating offer a wide range of colors and designs.
  4. Smart storage. Make every space count in your chef’s kitchen. Take advantage of the many cabinetry options available, like deep drawers where you can stash your pots and pans, with the lids so you don’t have to go searching. Install pullout cabinets for your pantry, spice rack, canned goods, and vertical items, like trays, racks, and cookie sheets. Use drawer organizers to separate your cooking utensils. If you like a rustic look, use a pot rack so your pans are at arm’s reach.
  5. Put luxury in your appliances and tools. Quality tools that allow for great results with ease are essential for a chef’s kitchen. A double wall oven, four or six-burner gas stove, oversized refrigerator, professional stand mixer, and warming drawer (many stoves now come with one built in the bottom as well) are some of the finishing touches that contribute to the kitchen of your dreams. Top it off with task lighting in key areas, and you’re cooking now!

American Classic Homes Builds Multigenerational Homes

Categories: Custom Home Building, Home Design Trends, Interior Design, New Home Selections, New Homes, Real Estate News | Posted: May 6, 2015

In a previous blog, “What is a Multigenerational Home?” we discussed what a makes a home suitable for multigenerational living and what may prompt people to want to live in a multigenerational house.

The Broadway by American Classic Homes is a terrific floor plan for multi-generational living.

The Broadway by American Classic Homes is a terrific floor plan for multi-generational living.

Many of American Classic Homes’ floorplans are ideal for multigenerational living. The Broadway floor plan is a terrific example. The main level Guest Suite is adjacent to a Bath that has a fully tiled walk-in shower. The suite is also conveniently located with easy access through the garage giving it lots of privacy. This would be the perfect home for a family that had “Grandma” living with them to help take care of the children. It would also work perfectly for the family that had relatives who visit for several months at a time. Everyone has their own space and a sense of privacy.

The Meydenbauer floor plan is another great example of having convenient spaces for everyone. On the second level, there is a Jack-and-Jill Bath that is located between the second and third bedrooms. There is also a separate full Bath located beside the Bonus Room. This would give grandparents who are visiting or living with the family their own private Bath rather than having to share with the children. The upper level Bonus Room is spacious and also has a large closet, so it could also be used as a sixth Bedroom if the family needed even more space. In addition to the main floor Guest Suite, this home also has a Den, off the Entry, which has a large closet and could be used as a seventh Bedroom or a flex space with a wall-bed that can be used as a Home Office or Den most of the time but could be used as a Guest Room when there are extra family or friends visiting.

In a multi-generational home there is space for everyone and room for activities each person enjoys

In a multi-generational home there is space for everyone and room for activities each person enjoys

A popular feature of our Alki floor plan is that it offers two staircases. One grand staircase in the Foyer for greeting guests and a back staircase that makes it convenient for family members to go quickly from the Garage/Mudroom to the Bonus Room or Laundry on the second Level.

One of our newest floor plans is The Bainbridge. It will be built for the first time in Montaire, our new community in Kirkland. The Bainbridge is a three story home with many elegant spaces for entertaining. The main level has a formal dining room as well as a walk-through Butler’s Pantry. There is also a Den with closet adjacent to a Bath that could be used as a Guest Suite.

The Bainbridge floor plan is currently under construction in Kirkland. It will contain nearly 5,000 sqft of living space and six bedrooms.

The Bainbridge floor plan is currently under construction in Kirkland. It will contain nearly 5,000 sqft of living space and six bedrooms.

The lower level offers two bedrooms a full bath, a media room and a game room. There is a lot of flexibility with this space. It could be used for entertainment or could accommodate an adult child with grandchildren.

Meet Courtney Loverich Selections Manager

Categories: American Classic News, Home Design Trends, New Home Selections, New Homes, Real Estate News | Posted: January 15, 2015

Courtney Loverich is the Selections Manager at American Classic Homes

Courtney Loverich is the Selections Manager at American Classic Homes

Often new home buyers worry about picking out the perfect finishes for their brand new home. There are literally hundreds of selections that must be made from the cabinet color and the hardwood flooring to the style of the kitchen pulls. With so many decisions to make, American Classic Homes’ buyers find having a professional Selections Manager at their disposal a huge relief.

Courtney Loverich joined American Classic Homes in 2014 as the Selections Manager. It is her responsibility to make all of the selections in each home, from putting together pleasing, on-trend color palettes to finding the most attractive and functional faucets.

When a new home buyer purchases a home with American Classic Homes, they have the opportunity to meet with Courtney and review all the finishes that are available for their home. She lends an experienced eye and can help educate buyers. The experience is similar to building a custom home where you are able to personalize it and make it perfect for your family.

Courtney holds an Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is experienced with space planning, design trends as well as material and color selection. She has worked for major builders in the Greater Seattle area and also been an interior designer at a local high-end furniture retailer.

Our Buyers have told us how much they appreciate working with Courtney. They enjoy her guidance in making their selection decisions and are really pleased with the outcome after their homes are complete.

About American Classic Homes:
American Classic Homes, a local family-owned new home builder, builds new homes in Washington State. We offer energy efficient, customizable multi-generational homes in the Greater Seattle area. We currently have the following new home communities: Heritage Estates in Renton, Tarrington Place in Sammamish, Madison Lane in Newcastle and Coming Soon: Montaire in Kirkland. For new homes that are being constructed in established communities, check our website for “Spot Lots in Renton, Sammamish, Queen Anne and on Mercer Island.