Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Home Builders Forecast Major Design Trends of '90S

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Home Builders Forecast Major Design Trends of '90S

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It's already the early 1990s, and predictions are still being made about the last decade of this century. Reports indicate that there will be a shift in the housing industry due in part to changing demographics and the increasing number of women entering the workforce.

According to a report issued by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association on research by the National Association of Home Builders Economics Department, the United States can expect some major design trends in the 1990s.

Oklahoma is expected to parallel with trends seen nationally, said Leo W. Cravens, executive vice president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association. "It will pretty well concur" with the expected changes.

Housing in the Southwest is making a comeback with Oklahoma as one of the leading markets, he said, but one market that no one expected, Houston, is apparently leading the nation.

There are environmental concerns which will cost the consumers more, he said. Concerns such as waste disposal and the wetlands and even electronics in homes will also be issues of cost concern.

On the other hand, kitchens and bedrooms will change with people spending more time in these areas, he said.

Among the major design trends the economics department expects for the decade are:

There will be a shift toward two-story homes instead of the common one-story and split-level homes. According to Census Bureau data, the number of two-story homes has increased nationally from 17 percent in 1971 to 46 percent in 1989. The percentage of one-story homes has dropped from 73 percent in 1971 to 46 percent in 1989.

A media room, or entertainment-television room, will become a standard feature. A television and other electronic equipment in the room will be common.

Offices at home are expected to become more common and more "sophisticated." With computers and facsimile machines, time spent at home won't necessarily be leisurely.

A master bedroom on the lower level as well as the second level could become commonplace for consumers who often have guests. Instead of putting them up in a small room with a separate bathroom, the hosts can put them in a room that's like home.

Also, master bedrooms are expected to have separate tubs, showers and whirlpools, bidets or low-flush toilets and reduced-flow shower heads.

Most homes will have larger closets or, in higher priced homes, separate "his and hers" closets.

The report said the kitchen is currently the focal point of the home. Improvement in the kitchen includes more counter space, kitchen cabinets, built-in microwave ovens, space for smaller appliances, walk-in pantries, double sinks and a central island.

Two-car garages will be standard.

For average-size homes in the 1990s, three bathrooms, two full and two half, will become common. High quality flooring, marble vanities and linen closets will be seen more. …

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