The International Builders’ Show brings together over 60,000 participants in the residential construction industry with over 600,000 square feet of trade show. Several Regina Home Builders participate in the event to take in new products and trends, and the latest technological and scientific innovations in the home building industry.
Canadians build to some of the highest standards in the world and indeed many of our members right here in Regina, build to some of the highest standards in the country. The same can be said for our builders and the latest design trends.
Home building technology, consumer preference, and design trends are always evolving. Here are some of the more significant trends happening in North America, that you will find right here in Regina.
Design Trend 1 – High-quality detailing. Regardless of home size, buyers are demanding authentic, high-quality detailing in all aspects of the home. In 2013, the majority of these details reflect historic and more traditional styles of architecture that focus on appropriate scale, relative proportions and accurate sizing of elements in relation to the overall composition.
Design Trend 2 – Features. Since right-sizing is still key in today’s market, the bathroom is one of many rooms being impacted. Overall, bathrooms are becoming more compact while maintaining an open feeling. This is accomplished by eliminating extra walls, adding transparent glass enclosures and reducing the amount of unused floor space between fixtures. In addition, both master and guest bathrooms are taking on a spa-like vibe through the use of natural light and airy colours as well as minimal clutter.
Design Trend 3 – Kitchen features. The kitchen remains at the top of the homebuyer’s priority list and is where they splurge for additional features and details. This year, ‘mega islands’ are popular, providing an area where prepping a meal, cooking and socializing with guests at a bar-top setting occur. Fido is also not forgotten: pet amenities, specifically for dogs, are also becoming popular, from hideaway pet bowls close to the floor to wash stations in nearby mud rooms.
Design Trend 4 – Rooms with different specialties. Homeowners who can afford it are still splurging for specialty rooms. Many custom homes still have wine cellars or rooms where both storage and taste can occur. The size of this type of room can vary immensely based on the owner’s collection, project budget and location within the home. Other specialty rooms are outdoors. Often, owners will have a secondary cooking space and eating area outdoors that further extends their living space. Those with more modest budgets still look for more square footage by adding some type of outdoor fire feature which allows use of those spaces to extend three of our four-season climate.
Design Trend 5 – Lighting that illuminates. Lighting sets the mood as well as illuminates the task at hand. It can be used to add drama to a space, highlight features within a room or used as a focal point similar to a work of art. This year, crystal chandeliers and other beautiful and intricate fixtures are making an appearance in home designs. Remember that when including different lighting elements, size, shape and function must be considered.
Design Trend 6 – Ceiling treatments. It’s not just about what to put on the walls and the floors anymore. Ceilings are also being designed and are making a huge impact on the look and feel of the room. Adding colour can add drama and warmth to the room while tray ceilings, barrel vaults and coffers are adding depth and texture.
Design Trend 7 – Multi-generational living options live on. Multigenerational living continues to impact the design of both new and remodelled homes. Some homeowners are requesting dual master suites, with at least one located on the ground floor, or adding an apartment or cottage on the property for grandparents. Additionally, remodelling projects are including design elements that allow for homeowners to age in place. There is a shifted emphasis from 50-plus housing to more integrated communities with universal design features.
When purchasing a new home in Regina, chat with your builder about what design features are important to you. Members of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association will provide you with great insight and expertise in this area, and in your new home buying experience.