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TRENDS YOU MIGHT WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM

INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS YOU MIGHT WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM

TRENDS YOU MIGHT WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM

We all want our homes to be updated and inclusive of the latest trends. But not all of them are right for everyone. We cautioned last year against open shelving in the kitchen and a few other trends that might not be right for everyone. We’ve added a few more this year.

Vanity with no storage

The hottest look in bathrooms right now is the pedestal sink with an industrial metal base. The look is upscale, hotel spa-like, simple. But the function leaves a little to be desired. If you need more storage than the ZERO shelves, drawers, and cabinets this bathroom vanity provides, this might not be the look for you.

 

Marble countertops

For us, few things are as alluring as an all-marble kitchen. A huge countertop sheathed in Carrara or Calacatta is better than…well, lots of things. But there goes that function issue again. Marble requires diligence. If you’re not meticulously clean and constantly attentive to things like your kid’s juice cup or your wine glass, you could end up wishing you’d gone with quartz.

“How do you live? Are you the type of homeowner who picks up after yourself after each use in the kitchen? Or are you a busy on-the-go homeowner, where a kitchen counter wouldn’t get wiped down until the next morning?,” asked Houzz. “Acid from substances such as red wine, marinara sauce, blueberries and even lemons can tarnish the look of the marble if left to sit overnight.”


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Busy, graphic wallpaper

It’s beautiful, it’s bold, and it’s bound to be out of style and/or irritating the heck out of you (and/or causing seizures, depending on the strobing effect of the geometric pattern you chose) in short order. Yes, we love a good graphic pattern. On the walls even, if done right. But a choice that’s so bold can end up haunting you. Unlike paint, wallpaper isn’t a quick fix that can be changed in a couple of hours. If you’ve never spent days tearing away little pieces of paper from a wall that doesn’t want to let it go, just trust us: It’s. No. Fun.


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Brass fixtures

Are brass fixtures chic and new (again) after years of chrome domination? Yes. Does that mean they will be embraced by the greater public and dominate the fixture market again? Who knows. If you’re looking to add a little sparkle to your kitchen or bathroom and don’t mind spending a little money on something that may only be a permanent change, go for it! If your goal is to make smart updates so you can list your home for sale, this might not be the place to spend the money- especially if you’re in a more conservative or traditional real estate market.


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Written by Jaymi Naciri 
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Tracy Tkac
301-437-8722
Evers & Co.
Tracy@eversco.com
www.WashingtonHG.com 

The Hot (and Not) List of Home Features

The Hot (and Not) List of Home Features

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The Hot (and Not) List of Home Features

The things we consider to be must-have home features are constantly changing—less than a half-century ago, plush, “can’t see my feet” shag carpeting (in bold colors such as gold, orange, and purple) was all the rage, and kitchen appliances came in coordinating hues. A quarter-century ago there was no HGTV to tell us to knock down a wall to open up the kitchen or swap out bathroom vanities. And just a few years back, tiny homes were just, well, really small homes.

We wondered what home qualities are must-haves right now, what the up-and-comers are, and what’s heading straight for the dustbin of home features history. To find out, our data team dug deep into our millions of listings and sifted out the most commonly used phrases for home features, going back five years.

Voila!  Here are the 20 features that are most often touted in our listings. These are the stuff that home dreams are made of—a mixture of classic favorites and rising stars.

At first glance, the results aren’t too surprising. After all, who doesn’t love fireplaces and wood floors? (Well, other than those who prefer carpet, which is No. 3.)

“Rather than a barometer of trends, those are really adoption cycles,” says Javier Vivas, data analyst at realtor.com®. “It’s more about how long it takes a particular new feature to become prevalent. It’s like car technology: First you see the cutting-edge stuff in luxury cars, then it spreads into the mainstream.”

Listings have gotten ever-more detailed and adorned in recent years, and certain features appear more and more often as selling points. So popularity among listing descriptions is kind of like being listed on the S&P 500—it shows that a feature is no passing trend. For example, granite countertops, once a splurge, are now a go-to feature—they’ve shot up from being mentioned in 8% of listings in 2011 to 13% today.

Got it? Good. Let’s go home shopping! Don’t forget to bring your checkbook.

Fireplace (No. 1)

On a chilly night, nothing competes with snuggling up near a crackling fire—or maybe it’s the hissing, considering that the leading type of fireplace mentioned in 3.2% of our listings is gas. After all, it’s easy to clean and maintain and comes in some cool modern designs. Still, there’s nothing like the charm of a wood-burning fireplace, and its popularity is picking up fast.

And in total, fireplaces—wood-burning, gas, brick, stone, or kiva—are the stars of 23.8% of our listings.

Flooring: Wood (No. 2), carpet (No. 3), and tile (No. 11)

Always popular, the classic elegance of a wood floor continues to gain ground, particularly since last year. Not surprisingly, carpeting’s popularity seems to rise and fall in opposition to wood. It’s made a comeback before, but wood seems to be pulling ahead. In 2015, wood floors appeared in 15% of listing descriptions, 2 percentage points ahead of carpet.

Meanwhile, the tile floor—though never a major contender for the top spot—has slipped from No. 4 in 2011 (when it beat out walk-in closet and open floor plan) to today’s No.10. Still, it will probably hold onto its niche in humid, warm climates such as that of Florida.

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Granite countertop

Granite counter (No. 4)

Once a rare luxury, granite has become more affordable and is now practically standard for anyone who gives a hoot about kitchen design. It shot to fame quickly over the past five years, making its slick presence felt in 13% of all listings. For those who think all this trendy granite craziness is on the wane, reports of its death, as Mark Twain might (or might not!) have said, are greatly exaggerated—at least according to our listings data.

Stainless-steel appliances (No. 5)

With their elegant and modern appearance fitting into almost any kitchen design, stainless-steel appliances have made their way into more and more households since the 1990s. “Stainless” is now mentioned in 9% of all listings, almost double its share of five years ago.

Open floor plan (No. 6) vs. formal dining room (No. 8)

A house divided? Not these days. Separate living rooms, dining areas, and kitchens have been edged out by the open floor plan, which knocks down or eliminates walls to create a sense of spaciousness and light.

The open floor plan has seen a rapid increase in popularity, and in 2014 it surpassed the formal dining room for the first time. In 2015, an open floor plan is the fifth most popular feature, representing 8% of listings. The much-debated open kitchen, which encompasses the dining as well as the cooking area, also made it onto the list at No. 9.

Walk-in closet

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Walk-in closet

Walk-in closet (No. 7)

In a time of over-the-top “glam rooms” dedicated to, um, getting ready, the walk-in closet is another feature that has seemingly gone from luxe to a near necessity. Stashing all your clothes in a shallow closet with hangers crammed together and no shelves? How primitive! It’s no wonder 7% of home listings mention walk-in closets as a big selling point.

Chef’s kitchen

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Chef’s kitchen (No. 16) vs. open kitchen (No. 10)

The kitchen used to be all business—a place to churn out meals, nothing more. Again, we’ll point the finger at TV—not just HGTV, but also the Food Network—for fueling homeowners’ desire for a kitchen worthy of a chef, featuring a center island, a large stove/oven with hood, and granite or marble counters (see No. 3).

And it’s not just for cooking, but also for hanging out while you prepare the meal—especially if you have an open kitchen, touted in 5.7% of listings. We’ll also point out that five of the top 20 home features are kitchen-related.

Garden tub

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Garden tub (No. 20)

No, a garden tub is not set amid the lovely and fragrant rose beds so you can bathe in the open air (and get bitten by insects). The term generally refers to a wider and deeper bathtub that usually has steps but no jets. Nice! Providing a relaxing soaking experience with less cost and cleaning difficulty, the garden tub has gained popularity over the years, but it’s still a niche feature.

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We’ve talked about features that have made their way into the mainstream, but we also saw a couple that are clearly on their way out:

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Vinyl siding

Vinyl siding was once one of the most popular cladding choices, because it’s affordable, long-lasting, and virtually maintenance-free. But over the years it’s become something of a gauche punch line in some quarters. It’s no wonder its lead has slipped substantially in recent years, while fiber cement is gaining ground, according to PlasticsNews.com.

Oak and cherry cabinets

The last time honey oak cabinets were trending, Monica-gate was a thing, Will Smith was the prince of Bel-Air, and Y2K loomed as the biggest threat the world faced. Yes, the ’90s were particularly friendly to oak cabinetry and cherry wasn’t far behind, popularitywise, but those days are long past. Today you’ll be hard-pressed to find either in listings or in new home construction. But maple cabinets? Welcome to the future!

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Yuqing Pan, Realtor.com

Tracy Tkac
301-437-8722
Evers & Co.

Tracy@eversco.com
www.WashingtonHG.com

The Right Kitchen Island

The Right Kitchen Island

There are few better workhorses than the right kitchen island. It’s beautiful, simple, and full of storage possibilities. Offering features from scratchproof counters for chopping to hooks, rods, and bins for stowing, the kitchen island is an invaluable addition to any home.

Best of all, there’s an island option for every style and budget. Here are a few of the best.

Sink space

If you’re looking for a creative sink solution, consider installing it in the kitchen island. This setup provides a central spot to wash your hands, drain pasta, scrub dishes or rinse produce.

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Tucked away

Kitchen islands usually evoke visions of huge, solid, and largely immobile countertops reserved for spacious kitchens. However, tiny islands are slowly gaining momentum and becoming popular for their mobility, slim size, and ease of access.

Take a look at islands on casters, which can be positioned where they’re most needed, then tucked in a corner or underneath a counter when not in use.

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Sit and stay

Kitchen islands are great for creating an extra sitting area, especially if your kitchen or dining room lacks the space for an actual table.

Choose an extra-long kitchen island with overhang to allow for a few bar stools or tall chairs. Add some festive placemats and a few dining accessories to create a unique tablescape, and clear it all away when you need some extra workspace.

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Careful cubbies

One of the best ways kitchen islands add to a space is by providing unique storage options. In a room so full of doors and hardware, adding small baskets, hooks, and rods can be a fun way to stow your utensils, linens, or knickknacks. Even better, you can switch out the textures and finishes to match your favorite seasonal decor.

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While kitchen islands are most often used as giant cutting boards, they’ve come full circle in design and function, and have proven to be a great way to add substance and style to any kitchen design. Take a look at your space, define your personal style, and determine your needs to find your perfect island oasis.

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BY KERRIE KELLY

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Tracy Tkac
301-437-8722
Evers & Co.

Tracy@eversco.com
www.WashingtonHG.com

Home Stagers Wish you Knew

Some real estate companies, like mine, have their own staging warehouses with furniture and accessories  to compliment your home to get it sold! -(And at no cost to the seller.)

 

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If you’ve never seen the work of professional stagers—those magical designer/decorators charged with making your house more marketable—prepare to be mystified, enthralled, and maybe a bit scared.

Did we say “scared”? Prepping your home for getting the best offer possible means removing every shred of your personality from rooms, walls, floors, and ceilings so that potential buyers can imagine themselves in your place. Stagers favor neutral walls, simple layouts, and minimal artwork. (No purple living rooms or gallery wall allowed!)

“There’s a big difference between designing for someone’s tastes and remerchandizing a home to appeal to as many people as possible,” says Kathy Burke of Sensational Home Staging in Danville, CA. Getting it right is a critical and enigmatic art. Don’t panic! We got some stagers to reveal their secrets to help you navigate the process.

1. Don’t take it personally

We know you love the way you set up your living room. That eclectic collection of wicker baskets from all your European travels stacked up in the corner? It’s the perfect detail for you—but not for your stager. Not even close.  Home stagers wish you knew- a little goes a long way.

So here’s the thing: When they tell you what to change (and they absolutely will), don’t be offended. It doesn’t mean they think your style is awful. Not necessarily, anyway.

“It’s not about whether I like something or not,” Burke says. “It’s about how we’re going to present it. I know what photographs well and what looks dated.”

Her favorite clients are the ones who know tough feedback is coming and don’t care: “I walk in and they say, ‘You can’t hurt my feelings. Do whatever you want.’”

2. Toss your stuff, and disconnect emotionally

For many sellers, home staging will be the first time they realize they’re really, actuallymoving. Family pictures come down, the sofa goes into storage, and suddenly this place you called yours is looking less and less like you.

If you need to do some emotional processing, we understand: It’s hard to put your family home on the market. But don’t subject your stager to your stress. Detach. Chill out. Help the process, don’t hinder or fight it. Keep your eye on the prize: selling your home at the right price, to the right buyers, within the right time frame.

What does that really mean? Try removing as much of your stuff as possible before the stager comes. By tackling spring cleaning you’ll not only accomplish some necessary decluttering before your move, but you’ll also get used to the idea that this is no longer your home.

“We need to make sure that they’re truly ready to sell their house,” says David Peterson of  Synergy Staging based in Portland, OR. “That’s a big part of emotionally disconnecting.”

3. Move out (if you can)

Both Peterson and Burke find staging a home vastly easier when it’s vacant. If you can afford to move out when the home goes on the market, do it.

“It’s easier for them, it’s easier on their pets, and it’s easier on the buyer,” Burke says. “We can create one cohesive look and don’t have to blend anything.”

Occupied houses present more of a challenge (and take substantially more time): Stagers have to accommodate daily living, as well as risk the homeowner not preserving their layout (or any rented furniture).

Occupied homes can even cost more to stage. “It’s just a lot more work, timewise, when the owners are still living in the place,” Burke says.

4. Stay out of the picture(s)

According to the 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 92% of buyers use the Internet to look for homes—meaning the pictures posted alongside your home’s listing are wildly important.

“Much of what I’m doing is to appeal to people through photographs,” Burke says. “I hope that photo will touch people and they’ll say, ‘That’s going on my short list.’”

Peterson aims to be the “last person in before the photographers. We want those pictures to look great.”

But no one wants the buyers to be disappointed with the home’s real-life presentation after seeing photos online. So here’s a bonus: If you’re staying in the property, make sure to keep it in tiptop shape.

5. Get your money’s worth

Staging isn’t a last-minute addition before your home officially goes on the market. Stagers work far in advance and can’t always fit in last-minute work. Costs start around $1,250, depending on your state of residence, square footage, and what—if any—furniture you rent, according to the Real Estate Staging Association.

That might seem like a lot of money to spend on a home you’re about to sell, but both Burke and Peterson say staging is an investment with a very high return. “Anything we put in, we want to make sure you’re getting your money back,” Burke says.

6. Stay on schedule

Don’t dillydally on making the recommended changes for your stager, who can’t begin rearranging until you’ve finished renovating. Usually the requested changes are small (new paint, fixing chipped tiles in the bathroom, etc.).

Not finishing small jobs on time can push the entire project back.

“If we get there and a place hasn’t been cleaned, or there’s still a painting crew, we can’t do our jobs. Then we have to charge them a fee, leave, and then reschedule,” Peterson says. “If we’re booked out several weeks, it really makes it hard.” And maybe even more expensive. So get moving.

by Jamie Wiebe

Bedroom Trends

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How the Master Bedroom Took Over the House and Todays Bedroom Trends
With square footage that rivals the average American home, master suites in luxury properties come with private pools, kitchenettes, gyms and spa amenities.
With boutique-store-style closets, media rooms with retractable projection screens, offices, gyms and even kitchenettes and laundry rooms, the latest high-end homes come with master suites larger than average-sized houses. Rendering: ArX Solutions

The latest high-end homes come with master suites that are so vast and lavishly appointed, you never have to leave the bedroom.

With boutique-style closets, media rooms, offices, gyms and even kitchenettes and laundry rooms, many masters are larger than average-size houses.

The penthouse master suite of the new L’Atelier Residences in Miami Beach, Fla., is over 3,000 square feet, with another 1,000 square feet outside on two terraces—including one with a hot tub overlooking downtown Miami.

“It’s like a separate apartment,” says Meir Srebernik of SMG Management, the co-developer of L’Atelier. The penthouse, priced at $33 million, totals 8,000 square feet of indoor living space, 37.5% of which is in the master. Echo Brickell, another Miami-area development, will have a 10,000 square foot penthouse with a master suite that has a “midnight bar,” gym and an infinity-edge pool.

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At Turnberry Ocean Club in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., the 11,000-square-foot, three-level penthouses will have master suites that take up almost an entire floor and feature a large balcony overlooking the ocean. The space includes his-and-hers offices, a gym, a massage suite, a sitting room and a separate living room with a “midnight bar” that has a sink and microwave. The units haven’t yet hit the market, but the developer says the asking price will be around $35 million when they do, later this year.
At Barn & Vine, a development of 37 homes in Bridgehampton, N.Y., homes include large primary master suites with custom closets, fireplaces and free-standing soaking tubs, as well as secondary master suites on the ground floor. Homes under construction there will range from $2.695 million to $3.995 million when completed.

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Carina Radonich, the co-owner of Finish My Condo, a Miami-based general-contracting company, says she recently completed a unit at the Regalia tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., where the master takes up 50% of the home’s total 5,700-square-foot floor plan. Built as a vacation home for a client whom she declined to name, the condo’s master includes a sitting area, an office, his-and-hers closets, his-and-hers bathrooms and, of course, a bedroom. A large projection-screen TV is hidden in the ceiling in an entertainment area.

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Today, the median newly built American home measures about 2,300 square feet, with a typical master bedroom taking up 12% of the overall square footage, according to the National Association of Home Builders. It wasn’t always this way. Before the 18th century, a home’s sleeping quarters tended to be communal spaces in multi-purpose rooms like great halls, according to “Sleeping Around: A History of American Beds and Bedrooms,” by Elizabeth Collins Cromley. Late 19th- and early 20th-century homes had bedrooms with far more privacy, though they were typically small, often to conserve heat. For the wealthy, a master bedroom could include a series of sitting or dressing rooms, a precursor of the multi-room suites gaining popularity today.

By the mid-20th century, larger suburban-style homes gave rise to master bedrooms with private bathrooms and larger closets. Architects say the space started to become more luxurious in high-end homes in the 1980s and ’90s, with grander closet spaces and spa-like bathrooms.

In recent years, homeowners and developers say elaborate master suites have become more apartment-like in the midst of another trend: multigenerational housing. Many homes now include living spaces designed to house aging parents as well as adult children who may be moving back home. The sweeping suites provide a getaway for the homeowners. Joan Marcus-Colvin, senior vice president of sales, marketing and design for the New Home Co., a master-planned community developer and home builder, says the company has recently started offering more floor plans that make the master suite feel more like a private retreat, partly as a response to the multigenerational shift.

Inside Super Luxe Master Bedroom Suites
A slideshow of high-end homes and condos with ultra luxurious—and large—master suites.

The glass-walled master has two fireplaces, an espresso bar and a private terrace with a fire pit. “It has the best views in the home,” says Mr. Franklin.
The master bedroom of a penthouse at the Regalia tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., was constructed by Finish My Condo, a Miami-based contractor. The master bedroom in this unit takes up 50% of the home’s total 5,700-square-foot floor plan. The suite includes an entertainment area with a large projection-screen TV hidden in the ceiling.
One of the two bathrooms—his and hers—in the Regalia penthouse master suite.
At Turnberry Ocean Club in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., rendering shown here, one of the planned 11,000-square-foot, three-level penthouses.
A rendering of one of the master suites in the penthouse of Turnberry Ocean Club. The suite will take up almost an entire floor and feature a large balcony overlooking the ocean.
A rendering of the master suite’s gym, part of the Turnberry Ocean Club’s penthouse unit.
This rendering depicts a private balcony and pool in the penthouse unit of Turnberry Ocean Club.
The penthouse master suite, rendering above, of the new L’Atelier Residences in Miami Beach, Fla., is over 3,000 square feet.
Under construction in Miami is Echo Brickell, a 60-story luxury condo development. Above, a rendering of a master bedroom.
A boutique-style master closet, depicted in a rendering of units in Echo Brickell.
The gym in the Echo Brickell penthouse unit, rendering shown, will have views of Miami.
An home office in the Echo Brickell’s penthouse master suite, depicted above.
An indoor/outdoor pool in Echo Brickell’s penthouse unit.
The bedroom in the master suite at a Winnetka, Ill., home designed by architect Richard Landry.
The master suite’s sitting area at the Winnetka home, called Le Grand Rêve. The home is currently on the market for $13.9 million.
At Barn & Vine, a 37-home development in the Bridgehampton, N.Y., homes include both primary and secondary master suites. Top, a bedroom with deck and fireplace.
Above, a large soaking tub in a master suite of a Barn & Vine home. Homes under construction will range from $2.695 million to $3.995 million.
Jeff Franklin, best known as the creator of the TV show “Full House,” recently put his 8,000-square-foot Los Angeles home on the market for $38 million. The home was built speculatively and includes a roughly 2,500-square-foot master suite that takes up most of the third floor.
The glass-walled master has two fireplaces, an espresso bar and a private terrace with a fire pit. “It has the best views in the home,” says Mr. Franklin.
The master bedroom of a penthouse at the Regalia tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., was constructed by Finish My Condo, a Miami-based contractor. The master bedroom in this unit takes up 50% of the home’s total 5,700-square-foot floor plan. The suite includes an entertainment area with a large projection-screen TV hidden in the ceiling.

In Park City, Utah, orthopedic surgeon Dennis Phelps hired architect Lori Schneider, of Boulder, Colo.-based Studio Blue Design, to create a 6,000-square-foot spec home with a 1,200-square-foot master. Because the home would most likely be a second residence for the potential buyer, and frequently draw relatives and friends as houseguests, Dr. Phelps and Ms. Schneider discussed making it a private suite that could be somewhat self-contained from the rest of the home. The entire space can be heated and cooled separately. A flexible room within the suite can be outfitted as an office, gym or TV room. The home sold in March for $3.3 million to a couple from California.

Jeff Franklin, best known as the creator of the TV show “Full House,” recently put his 8,000-square-foot Los Angeles home on the market for $38 million. The home, perched above the Sunset Strip, was built speculatively to sell and completed earlier this year. (Mr. Franklin lived on the lot for more than 20 years before tearing down the original house.) Mr. Franklin decided to dedicate the third story to a roughly 2,500-square-foot master. “It has the best views in the home,” says Mr. Franklin, who lives in a different home he built nearby and is working on a reboot of “Full House.” The glass-walled space has two fireplaces, an espresso bar and a private terrace with a fire pit. An indoor/outdoor shower overlooks downtown L.A.
His listing agent, Brendan Fitzpatrick of the Agency, says master bedrooms often rank in the top two or three things buyers consider when purchasing a home, after the kitchen. “It’s the first place you end up in your home in the morning and the last place you end up in the evening,” he says.

Richard Landry, a Los Angeles-based architect who has designed luxury custom homes for celebrity clients like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, as well as Mr. Franklin’s spec home, says he has designed master suites as large as 5,000 square feet. Amenities have included everything from small kitchens to beauty salons and pedicure stations. Some clients have requested private pools just off the master, separate from the home’s main pool.

Though it’s still considered the most private area of a home, some homeowners have started to think of the master as a space that could also work for small-scale entertaining, particularly as closets have evolved from utilitarian storage spaces to showpieces modeled after designer stores, with fireplaces, seating areas and separate dressing rooms. “It’s a place to enjoy looking at the things you have,” he says.

In Miami Beach, Friedrich Koesters, a corporate lawyer, and Michael Jarboe, a former model, say that since they spend most of their time in the kitchen and in the bedroom, it made sense to invest most heavily in those areas. “Everybody spends a lot of time in the bedroom, even apart from sleeping,” says Mr. Koesters. A 930-square-foot master-suite addition to their 1937 Art Deco-style home cost roughly $500,000.

The design started with a free-standing tile and porcelain shower structure that takes center stage in the open-plan bathroom. “We wanted to showcase everything almost like a piece of art.” They recently put the 3,900-square-foot home on the market for $4.35 million because they’ve decided to relocate to Europe.

Claudia Barnett, a real-estate agent Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Sarasota, Fla., recently remodeled a circa-1926 historic home, spending an estimated $80,000 on the master renovation. The space now has a large his-and-hers bathrooms, mirrored closets and a bedroom. Ms. Barnett says friends and relatives visit frequently. “We run our house like a B & B and have guests upstairs and our own space downstairs,” she says.

By CANDACE JACKSON WSJ

New Year, New Design Trends

New Year, New Design Trends

DATE:JANUARY 3, 2014 | CATEGORY:HOME IMPROVEMENT | AUTHOR:

If you’ve been thinking about renovating your home in the New Year, you’ve likely been to Zillow Digsfor inspiration, and you may even be aware of some of the hottest design trends for 2014:

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Kitchen

Looking to add a dose of sophistication to your kitchen? A little sass to your traditional-looking space? Some flair? According to Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report for 2014, here’s what will be popular with homeowners next year: kitchens featuring black countertopsopen shelves or glass-front cabinets (You can put your best dinnerware on display.) and darker paint tones (like black, deep brown, dark red and rich copper). See some of the most popular kitchen photos on Zillow Digs. There, you can browse hundreds of thousands of interiors and exteriors, organized by space, style, cost and color.

Soothing bedroom color

Master bedroom

Think: warm, welcoming, and inviting, as a more contemporary, casual look in the bedroom will take precedence in 2014. It’s all about harmony and ease – a look made possible with the right mix of textures and other elements. As for color – which brings the room together – 2014 colors will focus on a more neutral look. Among the top choices: gray, a multifaceted color which can go both rustic and contemporary in vibe; and blue. Subtle and soothing is the name of the game! As for the all-important closets, that boutique-like feel is currently in style, and will continue to be in 2014, complete with compartmentalized storage, shoe walls, vanity areas and other focal points.

Open bathrooms

Bathroom

Large showers with multiple shower heads, frameless shower enclosures, glass tiles (for a glossy, sparkling look that can make the space seem larger than it is), heated floors and towel racks, and custom storage solutions (for that uncluttered, spa-like appearance) are among the top remodeling trends you can expect to see more of in 2014, particularly as homeowners look to embellish the ‘shower experience’ rather than the tub experience. According to a Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey, Zillow Digs users want open and light bathrooms. And without shower curtains, you can take advantage of the free wall space to showcase those aforementioned glass tiles.

vintage office furniture

Home office

With the line between work and home continuing to blur, homeowners not only want a quiet, clean space where they can productively work on their projects after hours, but they also want this space to do double duty. Giving up a guest bedroom to put in this new office? Chances are, you’ll still want the room to have guest capabilities (think: Murphy bed). Several top designers also say that vintage furniture is “in,” as are hues of gray or brown, which have a soothing, non-distracting effect.