Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
Kitchen and Bath
Whether it's used for cooking, dining or entertaining guests, the kitchen is the hub of the home. The way the room is arranged can be a major time-saver and allow the family to make the most of the common space. Kitchen appliances, plumbing, tile, sinks, counter space, and dining space all influence how the kitchen is used and how much the homeowners enjoy it. Choosing the right appliances for energy efficiency constitutes a greater concern than ever, allowing families to go green and to save money on utility bills. The bath, while ultimately a utilitarian space, can be a personal oasis. Choices such as whether to include a bathtub versus a shower can optimize the space for the family's needs.
Preferences for kitchens and baths have changed a lot over the decades
Photo: courtesy The Evans Group
The kitchen as focal point lives on, with increased emphasis on islands and pantries.
Photo: Bernard André
The kitchen’s power to sell homes and increase resale value lives on. And now, the bath is gaining steam.
Sealing the deal involves many factors, including chemistry—and upping the odds that prospective homeowners will fall head-over-heels for the kitchen. This system by Canadian manufacturer Cuisines Laurier offers custom looks on a production budget. Photo: courtesy Cuisines Laurier
Sure, kitchens and baths sell homes, but zeroing in on which features make the difference will set you apart from the competition. We take a look at what's capturing the hearts and minds of future buyers.
Clayhaus Ceramics has added 10 new shapes and 24 new matte-finish glazes to its collection of handcrafted ceramic tile offerings.
The Timber Collection by Neolith pulls from the warm, bucolic qualities of real wood and features a soft wood-grain pattern etched into stunning, cool- and neutral-toned slabs.
The glistening, mottled seascape colors of Caicos glass mosaics from Marazzi USA are heightened by the ever-changing light present within a space.