I think visiting open houses is one of the best ways to get the new trends in home decorating or ideas for remodeling. The Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes, which runs now through June 23, is a great way to tour new homes especially if you are in the market to buy.
Here is a list of some of the must-have features for families that are shaping the latest new home trends:
• Reworked Spaces: New homes are being designed to allow plenty of space for family interaction in high-traffic areas such as the kitchen, and to eliminate rooms such as formal dens and home offices that aren’t frequently used. Small spaces devoted to home management, also known as “pocket offices,” are being included in large pantries or spaces nearby the kitchen or family great room. Window seats and alcoves are being used to provide an area for private time, without taking up a lot of space. A popular and efficient location for laundry facilities is now added onto the master bedroom’s walk-in closet.
• Flexible, Mutigenerational Living Areas: Families want their home to be adaptable to their unique lifestyle. Flexible living space, such as an area adjacent to the family room, can allow larger families more room to be together, while those who wish to can adapt the space to take on a secondary purpose. The goal is to provide common gathering spaces among private living areas. This concept is also gaining popularity with the growth in multi-generational living, allowing young professional families and older generations to live together yet still maintain independent lives. Specific design elements include two master suites, or living units that can be accessed via separate entrances. Design features throughout allow for unlimited movement within the space by all members of the household.
• Family-friendly neighborhoods: Outdoor living and amenities that create an enjoyable neighborhood atmosphere are changing the look of subdivisions. Subdivisions are becoming amenity-rich, with everything from golf courses, to splash pads, fishing lakes, walking and biking trails and basketball courts, to provide countless entertainment options for the whole family. Some master-planned communities even host extensive array of events, from summer concerts to block parties.
• More Impact, Less Cost: Appealing designs that help to reduce cost is key. Families want, and need, to maximize their investment, and one way to do that is with green technology. From insulation to water conservation features and energy-efficient windows, green homes help to reduce monthly bills and require less maintenance. Incorporating the latest green and sustainable building materials, products and construction methods, also reduces a home’s impact on the environment and provide the highest quality of life for the occupants.
• The Great Outdoors: Outdoor living remains extremely popular, as people look to create privatized outdoor areas. One popular trend is using architecture that protects the space. Additionally, enhancements such as outdoor kitchen, water features and fire pits create idea areas for outdoor entertainment and expanded living areas.
The Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes features more than 150 homes spread through 12 cities in and around Tulsa. In addition to viewing the latest trends, and a wide assortment of styles and ideas, you can also ask questions and visit directly with builders who are on hand in each Parade home. Homes are open daily from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. through Sunday, June 23. Admission is free.
You can get additional details, including builder information, floor plans and a map to all featured homes and subdivisions in the Official Guide of the Parade of Homes, available now at any area QuikTrip or online at TulsaHBA.com.
This post is sponsored by the Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes!