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How Housing Design Has Changed Over the Past 30 Years

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How Housing Design Has Changed Over the Past 30 Years


October 13, 2020
Outdated kitchen dining room in pastel colors
Photo: Iriana Shiyan

Over the past 30 years, our ways of living have changed, so it is no surprise that so have home designs. Housing Design Matters points out, though, that some homes built only a few decades ago are being torn down for new construction. There have simply been too many changes, from garages to kitchens, from master baths to work from home spaces. Two car garages were fine 25 years back, but now, more members of the family have cars or desire that extra storage space. Backyards are working extra hard nowadays as well, needing to accommodate for dining, cooking, and lounging.

Lounging around the fireplace/TV. A simple concrete slab is no longer an acceptable option, pavers or tile floors are expected even in non-luxury homes. Then there’s the connection between inside and outside. While pocketing sliding glass, doors have been around for 25 years, they have become mainstream and can even be motorized. A newer option is the accordion-style door that completely disappears, allowing indoor and outdoor spaces to become one.

FORMAL VS. INFORMAL
Thirty years ago, houses in this community had living rooms – even in the early 90s, this formal room rarely saw use, but buyers felt they needed them for resale. 

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