I wanted to share this link to home design trends for 2011, which I found on the "Greenhouse" blog on usatoday.com. This Montclair Realtor is happy to report that among the trends listed is a growing interest in urbanism, and correspondingly, walkable suburbs.
The New Urbanism movement originated back in the early 1980s as a reaction to suburban sprawl; now it appears to be going mainstream. According to Jenny Sullivan, a senior editor at Builder (a construction industry publication), "suburbs are starting to feel more like little cities as planners and developers find ways to weave density and walkability into existing hot spots." Obviously I'm a huge proponent of walkability, so I find this development very encouraging. A walkable suburb provides more opportunities for exercise and interaction with one's neighbors, not to mention less air pollution from car exhaust fumes.
Another major trend is a push for environmentally friendly homes. According to Sullivan, today's homebuyers want to "extend their wellness equation to where they live." As a result, they are increasingly demanding low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, stains and sealants, as well as cabinets and furniture made of sustainable natural materials such as bamboo and eucalyptus. For more on 2011 home design trends go to the Greenhouse blog on the USA Today website.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2011.