Published at Thursday, March 21st, 2019 - 07:44:16 AM. Kitchen Room. By Adela Weber.
Home layouts can also be optimized so animals can comfortably hang out with their human owners. Spring Creek Designs Smutko found that she and her husband were constantly needing to walk around their 60-pound German shepherd, Tess, in the kitchen. When the firm redesigned the room, she requested a larger aisle between the work island and sink. “We wanted Tess to be with us, but without being stepped on,” she says. She selected a hard quarter-sawn floor that would withstand Tesss claws. Technology and internet-enabled products can also help. Smart cameras and lights allow homeowners to keep tabs on pets and ensure theyre comfortable when alone in the house. New electronic collars can activate pet doors so that homes remain secure. Winter Park, Fla., architect, builder, and licensed interior designer Phil Kean incorporated that technology when he designed the New American Home in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders. He also used an artificial turf called K9Grass that is designed specifically for dogs and eliminates the challenge of muddy paws and dead spots on the lawn.
William Bedgood has a theory about why midcentury modern styles have come back into fashion with such force, and its not because of the mania around TVs “Mad Men.” He started noticing the motif popping up in national ad campaigns around a decade ago—the design aesthetic was being used to sell everything from cars to window cleaning solution. For him, it simply comes back to demographics. “People who grew up in the 50s; theyre in a position to—and they want to—relive their childhood,” he says. But its not just boomers; Bedgood, team leader of Bedgood & Associates Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Intown in Atlanta, notes that millennials are some of the most ardent appreciators of midcentury modern style. He suggests that younger consumers may instead be reacting against the styles that dominated in the 1990s. “The 10,000-square-foot mansion wasnt cool anymore. Instead of the bigger house, they wanted a better house.”
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