Design Trends 2020 I was reading the latest edition of Canadian House and Home and Linda Reeves has written a great article on how to design your home or plan your renovation for lasting value.  The article really resonated with me as I am often asked these questions by my clients.  In the article, Lynda Reeves lists the must haves of any renovation or new build. Real Hardwood Floors As an architect, I always prefer real materials over those that are engineered or made of composite material. This seems to also be the preference of many home buyers as well so invest in real wood floors preferably in a dark wood tone. Signature Ranges I don’t usually spec appliances for my custom builds but what I have seen time and time again is the request for space for elaborate ranges, usually Wolf stoves.  I am also being asked to design for drawer microwaves, wall ovens and wine fridges of other high end brands. Open Concept Kitchens Open concept kitchens continue to be popular with islands that double as a kitchen table and open-up to the living or family room. Wine Storage Walls Wine cellars are becoming a thing of the past in custom homes with the design of wine storage walls.  In cottage country, this is also popular as entertaining a large group is the norm and my clients like their wine right on hand. Mudrooms Mudrooms are a must have as well as well laid out laundry rooms.  In cottage country, mudrooms are very important to help to control sand, water and snow from various cottage quests as well as the four legged variety!  I always design a mudroom in my cottages often off the main floor bathroom or laundry room.  It is just good design sense. Basement Walkouts Site contours usually allow for at grade basements and beautiful walkouts from the lower level.  Often this space is reserved for teenagers or a second suite for guests and extended family. Principal Bedrooms The master is still king in terms of bedroom design.  I am finding that many people now want the master bedroom and ensuite on the main floor but in a different wing from the common spaces for privacy. Gas Fireplaces In the City, gas is preferred over wood, but in cottage country, wood fireplaces are still the main attraction in a common family space.  There is nothing quite like warming up to a fire and the site and smells of a wood burning fire are associated with the experience of cottaging like no other. An Elevator Corridor Elevators are becoming more common in both City and cottage design.  As the population ages this is becoming a must have in many renovations and new builds. Sliding or Folding Glass Walls In a cottage it is all about the view and sliding glass walls are now readily available from a number of manufacturers. Thanks for reading!  If you would like to discuss your design further, please do not hesitate to contact me! James.