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What’s Hot (and What’s Not) in Colorado Architecture



When it comes to residential architecture, certain trends—like focusing on the kitchen and master bath—pass the test of time, while others fall by the wayside.

If you’re building a Colorado home in 2016, make sure your home design incorporates these current architecture trends.

OUTDOOR LIVING ROOMS

No longer does the family have one gathering place. Today’s homeowners want the option to bring the communal experience outside with expanded outdoor living spaces. Equipped with the latest systems, outdoor areas are booming—complete with fire pits, kitchens, dining areas, and entertainment capabilities.

ENERGY-EFFICIENCY

Colorado has always been at the forefront of energy-efficiency, and its residents have an expectation that architects will incorporate energy- and money-saving design elements into their homes. 

2-IN-1 KITCHENS

There’s no need to choose between beauty and function, when you can have both! There’s been a rise in homeowners requesting two separate kitchen areas—one where the food can be displayed and enjoyed, and another where the food is cooked and the messes are made.

APP-CONTROLLED SMART HOMES

There’s an app for that! Just as smartphones and tablets keep both our personal and professional lives seamlessly integrated no matter where we are in the world, the same goes for our homes. Today’s homeowners are requesting technological integration for all aspects of the home, like automated controls for temperature, security, lighting, entertainment systems, and more.

DEMOGRAPHIC-DRIVEN DESIGN

Colorado is in the midst of a huge demographic shift, with millennials and retirees comprising the largest groups of new homeowners. For money-conscious millennials, it’s all about quality over quantity, opting for smaller homes that make efficient use of space. The older generation is more concerned with main-level living, which provides accessibility to all areas of the home.

Kyle Webb, AIA is President-Elect of the AIA Colorado West Board. He is the founder of KH Webb Architects in Vail, Colorado, an architecture firm that creates innovative architectural designs that characterize the personality of both the client and the land where it is built. Kyle can be reached at 970-477-2990.

Content for this article provided by American Institute of Architects - Colorado Chapter. Reach AIA Colorado at 303-446-2266. 

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