Outdoor living expanding in popularity
While initially decks, patios, and outdoor grills were the focus, this trend has expanded to outdoor kitchens and even fully furnished outdoor rooms.
Changing work scenarios turning into more home offices
During the recession, companies forced many to work or job hunt out of their homes. Additionally, technology advancements made telecommuting a more feasible option.
With the economy downturn came the demise of large housing developments. In their place, housing activity occurred in smaller projects, often tied to other commercial activities.
Many consumers supplement their traditional desktop computer with laptops, tablets, and smartphones. This creates the need to provide the capability within homes to support all these devices. Additionally, growing concerns about sustainability increased consumer demand for energy and water conservation devices, and emerging technologies often facilitated the management of these systems in the home.
Increased focus on a healthy home environment
Indoor air quality tops the list of healthy home concerns, but water quality and potentially harmful materials or chemicals in the home also are commonly mentioned.
Kitchens remain the focus of the home
Kitchens have evolved into the family center of most homes, and, as the housing market recovers, we have noticed even more emphasis on this. Because family space connected to kitchen space has become standard in most new homes, the centrality of the kitchen to household operations is destined to continue to increase.