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August 28th, 2013 10:26 AM

For years, the kitchen and great room have been prominent in the minds of home buyers, designers and home builders.  But 2013 is the year when both spaces are changing somewhat.

The downside to the great room has always been that you walk right into the living space.  For resales with a great room, owners can transform an entry space vertically to create a more classic foyer, or a rug, small table, and wall mirror can be used as an entryway focal point. 

Besides often being an abrupt welcome to the house, great rooms tend to act as a center for all items associated with living and can become cluttered.  Builders and designers are trying to add nooks and storage where homeowners can stow away keys, mail, and all other items that easily fill up living space.  "Drop zones" are a requirement in many new construction designs.  They are also carving out small spaces such as homework nooks for kids, food prep stations in the pantry, and other spots that allow areas for common household activities.  These "lifestyle spaces" help homeowners break up larger great rooms into usable, well-defined areas. 

There is nothing like an impressive kitchen to help sell a house.  The kitchen is the heart of the home and there are new styles entering the market, such as soft grays, metal backsplash tiles, and furniture-matching wood stains.  Center island shapes are gaining variety, changing from retangular shapes to triangles and other odd designs.  Even material choices are opening up, such as new formica options, solid stone, and recycled beer bottles gracing the work surfaces! 

A resale home kitchen can be updated without major costs just by replacing kitchen cabinet doors or painting them; adding new track or recessed lighting; adding ceramic or glass backsplash tile; new updated appliances, or simply painting all walls a co-ordinating bright color and adding matching decor.  

Home designs and popular features will constantly be changing and it is not easy to compete with new home construction.  But some subtle changes to update a home will always keep it looking fresh and new and give a homeowner the most profit in a sale.  

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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on August 28th, 2013 10:26 AMPost a Comment

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