Top Nine Trends for 09: Room to Store


Crescent Communities, a builder in Charlotte, has released their list of the hottest home-building trends after researching their most-requested items from buyers in their luxury communities.

Room to Store

“In the old days, closets were scarce. As the years have progressed, homeowners have demanded more storage space. The trend is for bigger, walk-in closets with built-in storage systems and packing islands. The idea is to avoid wasted space and maximize the square footage of the home. Built-in niches and attic storage rooms provide a purpose for otherwise unusable space.”

This trend is a no-brainer. With all the “stuff” we accumulate in our lives, we are looking for more storage space. A key here is taking advantage of otherwise unusable space in new homes by tucking in storage areas here and there.

Today’s buyer would rather have slightly less wide-open space, but more storage areas within their home. (This is in keeping with Trend Number One: Less Square Footage.) This means floor plans are shifting more space into storage areas, especially in kitchens, bedrooms and garages.

In a University of California study of 32 households, 75% of them had accumulated so much stuff in their garages they did not have enough room for a car! And the second most popular New Year’s resolution (after losing weight) is getting organized.

Organization tools for these bigger storage areas is a huge business, estimated at about 6 billion dollars per year. According to the International Housewares Association, consumer spending of closet organizers and units has increased 20.5% per year on average during the last five years. This clearly indicates that closets are getting bigger and people are loving it.

Can’t find a house with this kind of extra storage space? Here’s some tips for finding more inches.

A small clothes closet.

A cluttered kitchen

A tight garage

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