Schumacher Predicts 10 Custom Home Design Trends for 2012

1. In-Law Suite Families are increasingly combining multiple generations under one roof and adding a private in-law suite with separate entrances and bathrooms to allow privacy.

2. Dual Suite Another option for multigenerational households is a dual-suite floor plan with privacy away from the communal living space.

3. Hearth Room A popular architectural option, especially for the winter months, is the addition of a hearth room or alcove for a fireplace.

4. Sun Room/Screened-In Porch Customers like to enjoy the beauty of nature—sans mosquitoes—from the comfort of their own home.

5. Wall of Windows This feature is a popular add-on for customers who seek a show-stopping architectural look and like to entertain.

6. Exterior Changes More and more, customers are choosing to personalize a home’s exterior style to their exact specifications.

7. Angled Garage Many customers change the angle of their garage, either for space concerns or as a unique design choice, the builder says.

8. Bonus Room A bonus room adds additional space for hobbies and entertainment, and is a popular lifestyle option since its use can change with the life of the home.

9. Sitting Room Adding a sitting room off the master suite adds a touch of luxury to the everyday, and many customers enjoy the added value.

10. Movie Theater Movie buffs and football fans alike appreciate this popular option, and often add it by converting a bedroom or building an add-on space to their floor plan, Schumacher says.

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