The New Year brings a continued combination of old and new elements to house design trends at Yankee Barn. Potential buyers are prepared when they visit. They arrive with a laundry list of what they want, like, and need in a home.
Classic Design Features, the Environment, Technology
Buyers continue to seek an open floor plan concept, larger showers in master bathrooms (no tubs), and outdoor living spaces. Well-informed buyers who tend to favor classic design are the norm. They seek the latest in environmental features and integrated technology.
Clean lines remain popular, no matter the home’s size. New homeowners want comfortable, practical, and functional rather than showy and ostentatious. Eco-friendly, energy-efficient, and water-conserving home features continue to be popular.
Technology is integrated into the home with offerings like smart glass. Yankee Barn works with Marvin Windows. They have an extensive inventory of smart glass offerings, such as tint glazing. Manufactures say glazing can eliminate the need for blinds, shades and curtains. Marvin Smart Glass
The Transitional Farmhouse
America is currently in the grips of a farmhouse frenzy. Farmhouse plans with newer versions of light-colored siding, metal roofs and main floor master suites are popular. The older, tried and true elements of the farmhouse, i.e., simple lines, a great porch, and a homey feel are being combined with the modern amenities manufacturers now offer.
A note to those interested in non-farmhouse styles: YBH is seeing Barn, Mountain, Cottage and Contemporary styles continue to be popular.
Exposed Beams, Columns and Pane Windows
The YBH Design team fields the most requests for exposed timbers. Potential buyers want their homes to have character with simple, well-defined features. There is no better way to get such features than with an exposed post and beam frame. However, the exposed frame does not need to dominate the style of the home. Yankee Barn Homes builds farmhouses, mountain lodges, barn homes, cottages, and everything in between. The common denominator is exposed timber.
A Lighter, Brighter Color Palette
While darker shades have not disappeared, they are playing a supporting role in the house color palette. Whites, light grays, beige and warm wood tones dominate, on both the exterior and interior of a home. Light shades reflect light and create an illusion of space. Darker shades are currently being used in limited amounts, i.e., a deep, rich gray or reclaimed wood on a kitchen island to balance out the bright white cupboards and the warm tones of the exposed frame.
You didn’t think we would forget to mention vaulted ceilings, did you? It just so happens they are extremely popular, particularly with buyers looking to build a full post and beam or a partially timbered home. Not only does a vaulted room create a larger space experience, it allows light to filter throughout the room. Vaulted ceilings are one of the hottest House Design Trends of 2019.