The bright future of quality residential design for both production and custom homes was on full display at the 2017 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, held January 10 – 12. KTI Principal Kimberly Timmons-Beutner, who both attended and presented at this year’s IBS, was mesmerized by all the innovation, technology, and product advances that are coming our way.
One set of ideas that will be of interest to designers and builders for the 55+ community was Taylor Morrison’s concept for Active Adult Homes. This “55 & Better” inspired three-bedroom home is being built to capture the things that are most important to those looking for an age-qualified community. Key aspects of the design include a heart of the home kitchen, a master suite oasis, extended outdoor living space, an infusion of natural light and owner-driven finish flexibility.
At the CEDIA Smart Home Pavilion, a wide array of in-home technology solutions like temperature controls, smoke alarms, and home monitoring systems were presented within the Nest Connected Home. Other smart home innovations such as voice-activated home control technologies and new lighting strategies, were paired with workshops on how to work with technology integration professions to ensure clients get the most bang for their buck. At the National Kitchen + Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, new products from some of the top names in the industry illuminated the future of appliances, cabinets and storage solutions, exceptionally well-designed fixtures, unique surface treatments, hardware and accessories and so much more.
Seeing so many different eye-opening products and their integration into a nation-wide trend of truly modern residential architecture increases our anticipation of where we are headed. The New American Home 2017 is a wonderful example of a home designed to accomplish a “Net Zero” energy profile through photovoltaics, spray-foam insulation, weather-sensitive irrigation, tankless water heaters, hydronic air handlers, intelligent fireplaces, and sustainable building materials. It is in the seamless integration of so many different aspects of what it means to design custom home interiors that the hands of a skilled team of designers is so vital. As always, collaboration will be the key to success as new technologies and products are integrated into the design.
As we take another step toward the future of design, KTI strives to stay ahead of residential trends by looking, listening, touching, and learning in conjunction with the many great building professionals and product manufacturers that shape our industry. Our clients are right to always want more and we are eager to give it to them. The future is bright, and at KTI we’ll never stop looking for the next great wow moment in every aspect of every design we touch.
Blog written by Sean O’Keefe