By Amett Krause. Home Decoration. Published at Saturday, April 13th, 2019 - 09:55:20 AM.
Atlanta-based Pineapple House Interior Design often places doggie doors between interior rooms and screened porches, to take advantage of this common design feature of Southern homes. “That way dogs and cats get to look out all the time to see squirrels, birds, and cars and know whos pulling up but are safe inside,” says Cynthia Pararo, chief operations officer. One design from ICI Homes, a custom homebuilder in Daytona, Fla., offers a “cat hotel” room with climbing walkways built from concrete columns with wood trusses and shingle “roofs.”
Spindler was dubbed the “Queen of Alamo Square” by residents and agents working in the area but soon realized what she loved about the neighborhood was less about the location than the architecture. She simply couldnt get enough of the built-ins, carved wood, and detailing in these homes. “In a lot of cases, you cant even afford to create that anymore,” she says. She changed her tagline to “The Victorian Specialist” in 1996 and today estimates that some 80 percent of the deals she works on—with both buyers and sellers—fall into this style niche. “Its much more interesting than trying to pick a farm area,” she says.
Why its happening: According to a 2018 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, baby boomers now account for the largest share of home owners choosing to renovate—and their top project is redoing the master bathroom. “A significant proportion of boomers (56 percent) are aware of the needs that arise aging in place,” says Nino Sitchinava, Houzz economist. “They are proactive about integrating accessibility features that address these needs during renovations.” Popular changes include removing tubs that are difficult to climb into and out of, adding accessible shower seats and grab bars, and installing zero-threshold entries between rooms. How you can take action: Knowing the costs will help you serve as a trusted adviser to buyers. The median cost for a large master bathroom renovation was estimated at $16,000 by Houzz. If thats too much, suggest piecemeal changes. Grab bars, for example, range between $140 and $300, depending on whether the wall includes blocking support or if it must be added, says Richard Duncan, a universal design expert and co-founder of the Better Living Design Institute in Asheville, N.C.
Why such a dramatic change? Experts cite many reasons. Some think sellers came to terms with the difficulty of appealing to the next buyer since nobody can predict who that will be or what design trends may be hot when its time to sell. Others suspect boredom as the culprit. Pogonitzs clients often tell her: “I dont want a white kitchen anymore. I need something more energetic and happier,” she says. Among those balking the loudest are millennials who are eager to add their own imprint, says Jill Biggs, whose eponymous team is part of a Coldwell Banker brokerage in Hoboken, N.J. In the affluent, traditional suburb of Short Hills, N.J., Coldwell Banker real estate salesperson Stephanie Mallios says the fact that many of her clients are planning on staying put for awhile makes them more willing to take a chance on a style they love. “Those with means believe they can afford to buy what theyll enjoy since theyre not moving soon,” she says. Pogonitz thinks yet another reason may be the countrys on-edge mood: “When it sometimes feels like the world is coming to an end, I think more are looking to their home as a place to escape, experience joy, and wrap themselves in a big hug.”
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