4 Top Kitchen and Bath Trends of 2017
Over 500 residential architecture firms have spoken, and the results of the AIA First Quarter 2017 Home Design Trends Survey are officially here. While less square footage and greater accessibility are an over-arching theme in home design, there are specific kitchen and bath trends that local architecture and design firms were eager to shed some light on.
1. EASILY ACCESSIBLE SHOWERS
Older adults are seeking home improvements that accommodate for decreased mobility and provide the option of “aging in place.” For Hans Berglund, AIA, LEED AP and founder of Berglund Architects, LLC in Edwards, Colorado, this means designing a “zero-curb” shower with a linear drain, allowing the floor material to extend throughout the space, beyond just the shower.
Berglund Architects, LLC; Edwards, Colorado
2. LARGE INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES
There continues to be high demand for outdoor living areas and glass walls that create a seamless transition between inside and outside spaces. In addition, open floor plans that connect the kitchen to an adjoining great room are used to increase space for entertaining and improve accessibility within the home.
Rodwin Architecture + Skycastle Construction; Boulder, Colorado
3. KITCHEN COMMAND STATIONS
Scott Rodwin, AIA, LEED AP, Founding Principal of Boulder-based Rodwin Architecture + Skycastle Construction, has seen increased interest in the incorporation of a kitchen command station, used to charge devices and keep keys and mail in one organized hub.
4. VERSATILE RANGE HOODS
Bulky, static range hoods are becoming a thing of the past. Designs are now incorporating hoods that are recessed into the ceiling, or have the capability of moving up and down as needed. Custom trellises with unique, contemporary lighting also create a new design element without impeding function.
With the demand for kitchen and bath remodels showing no signs of decline, design trends like these are likely to leave their mark on many homes to come.
Cathy Rosset is the Executive Vice President/CEO of American Institute of Architects – Colorado Chapter. You can reach AIA Colorado at 303-446-2266. Stephen Sparn, AIA is a Principal Architect at Sopher Sparn Architects in Boulder, Colorado.
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