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Alfresco is Where It’s At

Alfresco is Where It’s At

Just like open-plan living combines a kitchen and dining areas into one multi-purpose space with distinct zones, creating a connection between indoor and outdoor living is always a popular feature when buying or selling a home.

Here in Arizona, mild weather invites outdoor dining at any time of year and there are few better ways to enjoy time spent at home, alone or in company, than in a dedicated space for outdoor refreshment.  Dining alfresco is simply a perfect way to enjoy mother nature and alfresco amenities are a real value add to any property’s appeal.

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a meal or cocktail outdoors. Outfitted with all of the comforts and high-end appliances of an indoor kitchen while showcasing captivating views or tranquil surroundings, a fusion of indoor and outdoor living spaces is always on trend.

A complete outdoor kitchen and adjoining dining area can offer inspiring views of the surrounding landscape by day and allow homeowners and their guests to experience breath-taking night skies while you dine under the stars.

That said, and with our year round sunshine, outdoor spaces are just as important as indoor spaces, and the way a home is able to marry the two makes for the ultimate indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Open spaces and outdoor living rooms, cabanas, outdoor kitchens and dining areas are all sought after high-end features that add to the Arizona lifestyle experience.

Life is go, go, go for so many of us that having an inviting alfresco space to invite friends and family to is something that you can always look forward to.  

SMART is the Future In Homes

SMART is the Future In Homes

Just a decade ago the idea of a smart home that could manage climate, keep us secure inside, and even manage itself was simply a figment of our collective imagination. This is no longer true in the age of hands-free homes using Google Home, Ring, Alexa and Nest. 

Smart homes are the here and now, and unlike many real estate trends,  one to keep a keen eye on. Whether you are looking for a home or want your home to stand out among a crowd, installing smart home products can be ideal for many looking to move a property.

According to a survey of 987 U.S. homeowners conducted by Houzz, nearly half (45%) of homeowners are installing smart systems or devices during their renovation projects. Smart home improvement technology products and other buzzworthy home tech creations can without a doubt help a home sell more quickly. 

As a continual wave of smart technologies make domestic life more efficient, productive, and entertaining, today’s buyers are looking for homes that have invested in them.  Here are five trends to watch out for in 2020 in the home tech arena:

High-tech security gadgets

The newest advancement in the smart home security sector is amped up security cameras. While many of these cameras alert you if someone is at your door, a small but growing crop of high-tech security gadgets are taking it to the next level by utilizing facial recognition to identify visitors.

Temperature management

With smart gadgets like Nest, homeowners can program heat or A/C to turn on remotely through an app before their commute home from work. 

High-tech entertainment

Smart technology will give the home theater a massive makeover. Each year we see more devices catering to recent trends such as online streaming, wireless surround-sound, voice control and virtual reality.

Home utilities management

Currently most homeowners have a rearview picture of their home energy usage. Smart technology is working to change this by deepening the relationship between homeowners and utility companies, and providing a more comprehensive view of a home’s energy usage.

Hands-free homes

The battle for voice-enabled tech is growing increasingly fierce, with two front-runners — Google Home and Amazon Echo  The smart speaker market is expected to grow from 4 billion units in 2018 to 7 billion by the end of 2020.

Price points for smart home equipment, upleveled design aesthetics and the sheer availability of supporting mobile device apps for control and monitoring have made much of this smart technology more attractive to homeowners.

Design Trends 2020

Design Trends 2020

Home design is a very personal thing, but there’s no escaping from trends. Just as the latest fashion styles entice us to upgrade our wardrobe each season, emerging home decor trends tempt us to revamp our homes. So, if you’re trying to figure out what to do with your home in the new year, read on to learn about five design trends that are anticipated in 2020.

Going Green

This means styling spaces with pieces made out of biodegradable materials such as wood, clay, bamboo or hemp.  More natural woodwork is set to take center stage in interior design trends due to low varnish and dye options which enhance its appeal in creating a healthy home environment. The coming year will see the marriage of home decor and environmental awareness. Bringing in greener (living walls and roofs) and more sustainable initiatives such as solar power and energy efficient everything can showcase exquisite beauty and style without the harmful consequences for nature.

Color Schemes

Although neutral tones like tans, creams, whites, soft blues and grays will always be universally accepted go-to colors used in a home’s aesthetic, we are seeing many styles and design patterns steering away from calmer colors and moving toward vibrant pops of color especially in kitchens. Using deep and rich jeweled tones creates a bold, luxe space that also inspires mindfulness and is being seen in bedrooms and bathrooms

Luxe Exterior Design and Lighting

Beautiful driveways and impressive exterior design and lighting create a wonderful impression and up curb appeal. Attractive outdoor and stylish lighting and an elegant simplicity of outdoor decor, a spacious driveway and an impressive house exterior add an expensive look and feel to homes and front yards creating a spectacular presentation.

Structured Simplicity

Evolving from the Nordic and Hygge decorating trend of 2019 which prevails into 2020, this look all about a stripped back style. The purpose is to create a calm, cozy, chilled-out space to relax in.  It’s all about making a retreat, a safe, inviting space to rest and regenerate.

Refined Glamour

It is all about less sheen, and more sophistication. Luxury materials such as pewter, marble and velvet all mix together beautifully to create fine decorative details.  Focus on having fewer but higher quality pieces in rooms.

Whatever the style and design trends prediction may be, we are excited to see how people will incorporate them into their homes or remodeling projects.