In fact, our most popular home plan for the last-half of 2023 has been Plan No. 16, which features two inset courtyards at the center of an H-shaped plan.
It’s no wonder that courtyard homes are becoming so popular! Courtyard homes offer a huge range of benefits including:
As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to love courtyard homes, and it is no wonder that they are gaining popularity. If you’d like to learn more, read our blog, Why Courtyard House Plans are Becoming So Popular or visit our Plans Page. We truly love courtyard home design at My Modern Home
Expect to see design inspired by minimalism, in particular in kitchen design.
From a practical perspective, it’s difficult to function in a dark, cluttered, or confined space. From a qualitative perspective, you probably don’t want to hang out there with friends or family either. Bright, open, and visually uncluttered spaces contribute to your general well-being and simply result in a space that you want to be in.
A minimal esthetic that is still warm and welcoming can be achieved by choosing natural materials (wood and stone) with a less pronounced grain and pattern.
In your kitchen design, concealed appliances contribute to a minimalist aesthetic. Consider undercounter microwaves, and refrigerators and dishwashers with paneled fronts to match your cabinetry. If you have the space, a butler’s pantry is also a great strategy to keep countertops clutter-free, as it provides a spot for small appliances such as your toaster and coffee maker or espresso machine.
When it comes to kitchen finishes, we always recommend using stone and wood, when possible as they are durable and tend not to look dated as quickly as other materials. We also love high-quality white cabinets, which feel bright and clean in your kitchen. However, if you have ample natural light provided by large windows or courtyards, dark cabinets are also beautiful.
Built-in millwork can also contribute to a minimalist design aesthetic. Not only in the kitchen and dining areas, but in built-ins and cabinetry throughout the home, expect to see cabinet hardware without visible handles or pulls.
Minimalist modern design often gets a bad rap for being “cold” or “impersonal. However, at My Modern Home we strive to deliver minimalist modern design that is warm and inviting, not only in terms of its design but also in terms of materials and texture.
In 2022 we expect to see interior design trends favor natural materials and textures, such as brick or stone exteriors, wood facia, and stone fireplaces. Create additional richness in your design by adding detail to millwork.
The great thing about the trend towards natural materials and textures is that they tend to stand the test of time even as design trends come and go. Look for stone or wood with minimal pattern in the grain and natural features of the stone, and it will still look relevant in 10-15 years.
A wet room is a completely waterproofed (referred to as “tanked”) bathroom which has a shower at the same level as the rest of the floor. While this trend has been common in Europe and Japan for many years, we are now seeing this design style becoming a strong trend in North America for several reasons:
Bio-what?? Biohacking is a recent trend gaining prominence in the North American wellness culture.
The term “biohacking” refers to using lifestyle adjustments, science, and technology to improve physical health and mental performance.
While biohacking can be as simple as adopting lifestyle changes (New Years’ resolution, anyone?) bio-hacking can also involve the use of specialty equipment such as infrared saunas, high-tech air filtration and purification systems, and ozone generators. In 2024 we expect to see more of our clients asking for these and other systems to be included in the design customizations for their new home.
Other aspects recommended by biohacking experts can be optimized through thoughtful design, including ensuring access to ample natural light to support a healthy circadian rhythm, and ensuring that acoustics and sound attenuation are part of your home’s design.
We expect that the ever-growing interest in sustainable design is here to stay.
From improving energy efficiency at home, to reducing water consumption, to a focus on sustainable and recycled or recyclable materials, we anticipate that the range of products, services and offerings in this space will continue to grow.
*Pro-tip: Designing a home office that is at least 13’x13’ will allow the room to not only function comfortably as a home office, but also allow the room to serve as a bedroom or flex-room (yoga studio, music room, fitness studio, etc.) for yourself or a potential buyer down the road.
One thing you might notice from the above list, is that they are “trends” not “trendy”.
At My Modern Home, we believe that the investments you make in your home should not just work for you today, but should enrich your life every day – and that’s something we strive to do in all our modern home design.
If you’re interested in learning more about modern design, check out our other blogs.
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