Trend #4: This EcoTop countertop by Kliptech is an FSC-certified product made from 100% post-consumer recycled fiber and rapidly renewable bamboo with a water-based seal. Looks great and contains no VOCs.
Trend #5: Simple planter boxes made from scrap lumber cost next to nothing but score points with buyers. These weather-resistant containers just outside of Builder’s Concept Home 2011 are made from leftover composite decking material.
Trend #6: The scallop-edge vent hood capping the vintage stove in this kitchen designed by Rehkamp Larson Architects sets a whimsical tone and is anything but ordinary.
Trend #7: A colorful “tall wall” loaded with built-in SubZero appliances doubles as a wall partition, blending function with flavor.
Trend #10: Farmhouse style is also popular in times of simplicity. This copper trough skirted sink from Diamond Spas fits the aesthetic and offers a warm alternative to stainless steel.
Trend #11: Shaker-style Merillat Classic cabinets in maple provide a simple complement to the dramatic exposed trusses in this rustic kitchen.
Trend #14: Designed by Lilly Dadagian Architects, this small yet serene New England kitchen is as practical as it is pretty. It comfortably tucks a computer workstation with office shelving into its layout.