News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Real Estate News

May 10, 2012

Study Reveals New Trends in the Kitchen Design Space

Syndicated — The kitchen is no longer just the kitchen. In addition to whipping up a plate of pasta, or reaching into the fridge for a cold drink, it is now the central hub of the modern home where multiple functions take place, further enhancing its place as the heart and soul of a home.

That's why the latest kitchen design trends reflect this lifestyle by incorporating new features that enhance this expanded use, according to a study from the American Institute of Architects (AIA.)

Some of those new uses for the kitchen reflect our new technology-driven world, said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. "The last few years have seen kitchens take on new functions."

New Trends in the Kitchen Space

Computer area and recharging stations

As home sizes decrease - and according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) they are - the space once dedicated to offices and dens are being incorporated into the kitchen. According to the AIA's March survey, 43 percent of architects polled saw an increase in demands for computer areas in the kitchen.

78 Rockrose, Aliso Viejo CA (above)

For sale: $819,900

Move over, coffee maker. More kitchens are being designed to incorporate computers and gadgets, as seen in this home for sale in Aliso Viejo, CA.

Integration with family space

The other big change for home design? Out with the separate dining rooms and living rooms and in with eat-in kitchens flowing into a great room. More architects are reporting that homeowners are requesting open floor plans.

128 245th Pl SE, Sammamish WA (above)

For sale: $699,950

This Sammamish home for sale features an open floor plan with an eat-in kitchen.

Green flooring

One of the easiest ways to go green in the home is by incorporating renewable or recycled materials in renovations or home building. This trend is picking up and more homeowners are requesting eco-friendly flooring materials. Bamboo, one of the more common renewable flooring options, is actually a grass and grows quickly, allowing a harvest every five years.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Real Estate News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Fox Dons 'Bondage Strap' Skirt at Comic-Con
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity