With the upswing of mortgage rates and loans in general, people are realizing that it is going to cost more today than it did less than a year ago to do what they want to do in terms of housing and renovations. In today’s competitive market, it is important to be on top of what the consumer is looking for, whether they are looking to build new construction or renovate their existing home design. What was once a home has now transitioned into a “staycation”: a place to live, work, study, entertain and vacation. Many more functional amenities must now be constructed as part of the home for its new multipurpose.

The kitchen, which is the heart of the home is being designed as the focal gathering point. Schematically put together to be inviting and user friendly with whites and soft grays stacking the cabinetry, soft close doors and drawers, spice racks, Lazy Susans, with just enough decorative glass to show an accented piece, finished with pronounced crown molding to adorn the top, quartzite and granite to make the presentation with stainless steel appliances and a stunning backsplash. This becomes the area of endless hours of entertaining for family and friends.

In current times, people are downsizing from the McMansions and are looking for more usable home design with open space to fulfill their “staycation” needs. People are looking for spacious family areas designed with moldings and unique craftsmanship to make it something special to be called their own. The home office/study is a must with beautiful built-in bookcases. Much attention is paid to closet space and storage area and the amazing creations that can put together in these small spaces to maximize them to their capacity. Focus is also being placed on the laundry room and providing a place for the dirty clothes as well as the clean ones. Surrounding the washer and dryer with cabinetry, shelves, seating with shoe rack if space allows has become a big turn for what people are looking for in today’s trend. Bathrooms are being designed with some of the most innovative concepts from the marbles, porcelain, mosaics, brilliant listello accents and borders, shower doors with every kind of hardware the mind can think of, commodes and sinks with faucets to appeal to every level of taste, and cabinetry enhanced by stonework, there is truly no end to the imagination for creativity placed here and the statement that it leaves.

A whole new emphasis of home design has been placed on outdoor living. The last two years of the pandemic have boosted new pool construction to near record levels. For the consumer, this creates the “True Staycation”. Surrounding the new pool will now be a mirage of pavers or a stamped concrete design descending to a patio with a custom built BBQ grill with all the latest trends in outdoor cooking amenities such as outdoor stoves and refrigeration. Opposite the grill area a fully stocked custom-built bar will appear, or it may turn up inside the pool house which will come complete with a full bathroom, shower and changing area, all the conveniences for the best in entertaining. New plans will come into play for landscaping and exterior lighting to enhance the hardscape encompassing the pool. This will lead to a deck from the house, all with the concept of family and friends to be entertained. The possibilities for outdoor living and entertaining are truly endless. People are looking for the best bang for the buck, stretch the dollar as far as it can go to maximize what they can do with their home. The small details will come together to make the difference that will showcase the home.

Diamond Builders has been building new construction and renovating homes for over 30 years. Contact us by visiting our website www.diamondbuildersnj.com or email us at diamondgirl729@optonline.net or call us at 908.670.6911.

About Diamond Builders

Building the perfect home starts with great home design. Diamond Builders takes pride in every aspect of our design build process. Diamond Builders has formed a solid niche for custom homes design and new home construction that has lasted over 25 years.

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