Trend 5: Multigenerational Living

As more families are choosing to shelter multiple generations under one roof, builders are adjusting their floor plans accordingly. Many designs offer two master suites, with one on the ground level. In many cases the lower master bedroom "is the one area where we really did see a hallway to provide some privacy," says McCune. And the spaces are more than just a bedroom, incorporating sitting areas and separate outdoor living space.



Trend 6: Kitchen Entertaining With a View

Clean lines and timeless designs are the order of the day in this ever-crucial area of the home. There’s also a focus on functionality, particularly when it comes to storage. Walk-in pantries are making a reemergence, which can be a very cost-effective element, says Mirontschuk, as a small room with racks can replace large expanses of cabinetry. And to improve natural lighting in the kitchen while still maintaining storage space, today’s designs are increasingly including windows above cabinetry. To add to the feeling of light and spaciousness, "white kitchens are back in a very big way," says McCune. And designs are offering an updated version of the kitchen command center. This latest iteration is fully integrated with the rest of the space, but offers counter space for a computer and drawers. (Photo Credit: Harvey Smith Photography)