Most often in today’s fast-paced lifestyle, the home buyers searching in our communities are looking for turn-key homes. Living on smaller lots in Carmel is a way of life and transitional design style that creates a sense of flow throughout the home is popular. Buyers demand architecturally thoughtful smaller homes that live large with blurred indoor-outdoor connections. Flexible living space is important: formal living and dining rooms have been replaced by spaces that can convert to a home office, a second bedroom, or whatever purpose suits the moment in a family’s life.
Over in Del Monte Forest, Pebble Beach buyers are typically looking for more estate-style properties with a “WOW” factor. Most desire ocean views, high quality design elements that are current and fresh, natural light, high ceiling, and open living space. Larger residences with plenty of room for multi-generations are popular. Floor plans that accommodate aging-in-place, accessibility and guest quarters or caretaker cottages are popular.
Emerging trends in both quaint and estate homes include operable glass walls or wide French doors that showcase views. Consistent design elements that tie the vibe of the home together contribute to a seamless feel. Popular now are fresh, natural materials: stone, copper, concrete, granite and quartz. These elements introduce an organic and serene ambiance to a living space while reflecting the natural world.
In 2018 you will see kitchens that showcase vibrant color in their appliances, cabinets, or building materials as well as floating vanities or freestanding bath furniture that lend a modern, clean look. Unique geometric patterns are considered hip among many house hunters, and they expect wireless home compatibility with app-driven technology throughout that is practical and user friendly. Today that means operating lights, HVAC, security, music and even cooking via our smart phones. Electric car-charging stations on site, and low maintenance, water-conserving landscapes are a must!
Of course, we can’t forget about home design that accommodates our pets. Built-in bowls, integrated crates and gates, and other Fido-friendly features that don’t waste space or sacrifice style are big sellers. Thinking about updating or remodeling your home? It ‘s important to evaluate trends and choose improvements that will refresh your home and increase its saleability. Remember to choose wisely; timeless design elements will maintain your homes value!