Spring marks the perfect time to build your dream home! 2016 will bring its fair share of new home building trends, from layouts to materials used. Below are ten home building trends to watch for.

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Two-tone kitchen cabinets

Keep your upper cabinets white or neutral for a clean, timeless feel, then go crazy with the lower cabinets by playing with various wood tones and deeper colors to take your kitchen in two different style directions.

Colored Stainless Steel Appliances

Black stainless steel is all the buzz on social media. In a poll on Houzz, nearly two-thirds of users say they would consider the black appliances in their kitchen over the traditional shiny silver metal.


Deep Kitchen Drawers

For a while now deep drawers have been increasing in popularity to replace lower kitchen cabinets and they’re only getting better — and more affordable. Dividers and inserts let you organize any shape or size of dish, pan or utensil and there are even clever options for deep corner drawers, and drawers under range tops and kitchen sinks. 

Heated entryway floors.

Sure, heated floors are popular in bathrooms, but if you live in a cold region, consider putting them in your entryway to help melt snow and dry boots.

Workhorse islands.

Kitchen islands provide additional workspace, but they’ve taken on so much more than that. With deep storage, prep sinks, room for seating and more, workhorse islands are becoming the central feature in modern kitchens. 

Intricate Stairways

Staircases are expected to be more of a prominent design feature this year. We can expect to see glass accents, detailed tile designs, iron posts and other design elements. Homeowners are moving their staircases to the front of the home to offer more of a unique design feature that can be the focal point of the entrance.

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Indoor-Outdoor Living

Increasing in popularity this year is a space that allows indoor and outdoor living space to flow together. Think of dining areas that open to a patio space or possibly a fireplace used in the living room and outside on the patio.

Brass Fixtures

It is predicted that brass will become one of the major finishes for lighting fixtures and hardware this year. This doesn’t mean polished brass; it will appear more worn. This style of finish is increasing in popularity because of the uniqueness it presents when paired with a contemporary style fixture.

Reclaimed Lumber

“Rustic” is one of the biggest buzzwords when it comes to 2016 home design trends. We can expect to see reclaimed lumber show up in doors, flooring, beams, accent wall and other places. This style mixes contemporary elements with barn-like structures.

Smartphone Home Automation

One of last year’s biggest homebuilding trends was home automation, but this year homebuyers are taking it a step further wanting full control of their homes through apps on their smartphones. Everything has an app, from security inside and outside the home, HVAC, garage doors, driveway gates, etc. Home automation is huge and is expected to get bigger every year. Once you get used to having control over your home from your phone, you won’t want to go back.

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