Your home may be your castle. But castles are looking very different these days. Here are the latest home trends, courtesy of Mark Nash, author of 1001 Tips for Buying & Selling a Home:
- First, upscale garages. Those smelly, greasy spaces overstuffed with empty boxes and junk have morphed into home improvement showplaces. Today’s owners want garages decked out with storage systems, matching refrigerators, air conditioning, and fancy flooring. Remodeling starts at about $75-hundred bucks, and goes up depending on size and just how nice you want it.
- The next home trend: What’s being called “caving”. Basically, a “cave” or room for grown-ups who want more personal space. A place where they can spend time alone to work on a project, or simply get away from the rest of the family and “chill.”
- Then there’s the rejuvenation room. It’s a one-stop shop for yoga, meditation, and exercise, equipped with a sauna and a fancy steam shower. Like an at-home spa. First you get your head together, then your body, and then you steam off the sweat you expended doing it.
- Heated patios. Literally, paving with heating elements embedded in it. Northerners use it to keep snow from accumulating on patios, driveways, and walkways, which reduces their winter snow-shoveling duties. Heated cement also adds a couple of weeks of outdoor enjoyment in the spring and fall – because the radiating warmth makes all the difference between “just comfortable” and “let’s go inside.”
- And the final home trend nobody saw coming: Snoring rooms. A place to banish the excessively-snoring spouse, instead of just sticking them on the living room couch. It’s basically an extra 12 by 12 foot room off the master suite, complete with a double bed and a door that spares the innocent sleeper from the 80 decibels of the noisy snorer. Which is the equivalent of a coffee grinder.
If you’d like to go further, the book is 1001 Tips for Buying & Selling a Home by Mark Nash.