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November 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment
Design Through the Decades - Part 26
There was still a mad rush to build homes in Phoenix in the 2000s. That is, until the real estate market slammed on its brakes in mid-2005. New housing developments in Phoenix were either in north Phoenix (Norterra master community) or in south Phoenix.
Since design features in the 1980s and 1990s focused on function (e.g., pantry, kitchen island, walk-in closets), homes in the 2000s incorporated those features and then added new features based on lifestyle.
The great room concept (combining kitchen, eating, and family rooms) became a standard design in the 2000s. It allowed the perception that busy moms (and dads) could pretend to cook in their big fancy kitchens while still interacting with the family.
Family rooms were so big, you had to call them great rooms. Recessed lighting was in high demand too. Room height in the 2000s sometimes moved beyond 9 feet to 10 feet and even 12 feet tall.
Homes in the 2000s became larger. Lofts or bonus rooms or 2nd floor family rooms became popular. Furniture stores loved it.
Remember the entertainment niches from the 1990s that only fit smaller box TVs? Gone. Flat-screen TVs in the 2000s meant large wide open wall niches were required.
With low mortgage interest rates and rising home values and creative financing, many homebuyers splurged on upgrades and larger homes in the 2000s. Having a TV in a family room was normal, but to really impress people you had to get a media room.
Other fancy upgrades to homes in the 2000s were wine cellars and Venetian plaster walls.
Staircases in the 2000s oftentimes featured metal risers.
Entry-level homes in the early 2000s continued to offer breakfast rooms with bay windows (popular in the 1990s), as seen in this 2001 Phoenix home.
In the 1990s, patios were not important features, but this reversed in the 2000s. Outdoor living was now an important lifestyle. To entertain outside with all the bells & whistles was a status symbol in the 2000s. Built-in BBQs were very chic, especially if it had a refrigerator and sink too.
How about an outdoor fireplace to really wow your friends?
Even the front entrance to Phoenix homes in the 2000s received upgrades. Front courtyards became very popular. Add a courtyard fireplace to show you’ve really made it.
The 2000s were all about lifestyle and impressing others. Bragging rights for those who had the most upgrades.
Technology features of the 2000s: wi-fi and surround sound wiring.
Predictions for the 2010s? Mortgage interest rates will be slightly higher. Creative financing is gone. 100% financing is gone forever. That means homebuyers of new homes will not be able to afford many upgrades. New homes will have to be basic and affordable, and thus smaller in order to keep prices down. However, home builders will be hungry for business and sales, so they just might throw in upgrades for free.
Design features in the early 2010s will likely continue to focus on lifestyle due to current economic conditions. Lifestyle will not be about showing off; it will be about nesting. Families who can’t afford to go out and spend, spend, spend, will instead spend more time at home. Loft areas will become game rooms. Dens will become offices for two people as telecommuting becomes more common. Back patios will become extensions of living spaces, so expect rounded extended patios and rounded half walls to define the space (which were popular in the 1950s).
What do you think will be design features in the 2010s?
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November 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments
Design Through the Decades - Part 20
Our Design Through the Decades project’s review of bathrooms in Phoenix, Arizona now reaches the 2000s. It seemed that in each of the previous decades, people had limited choices in bathroom design, usually set by the homebuilder. By 2000, the choices became unlimited. The cookie cutter was thrown away. Anything goes in bathroom design, and that’s okay.
There is no quintessential bathroom for the 2000s. You could no longer define a bathroom by its basic elements. There was no standard counter top or vanity, since so many different products and materials were made available. Bathrooms in the 2000s were defined by style, or better yet, by lifestyle. Especially the idea that a bathroom should look and feel like a resort spa. And as such, master bathrooms in the 2000s became larger.
Let’s take a look at this bathroom with it’s spa-like feel. Romantic drapes by the soaking tub. Fluffy white towels. Warm paint colors. Framed mirrors. Oil-rubbed bronze fixtures. Soft lighting.
Double sinks became popular in the 1980s, but were integrated together with one piece of cultured marble counter top. In the 2000s, each person got their own separate vanity and sink and mirror. Vanities resembling furniture were hot, hot, hot. This bathroom was built in 2000.
If you didn’t want separate vanities, you could still achieve separateness with elevated counters with a make-up table in between. Brushed nickel faucets were popular.
What if you wanted a modern design? No problem. How about using glass sinks and modern faucets? Here, a long vanity cabinet was used. Granite counters were considered a necessary upgrade in most bathrooms in the 2000s.
Guest bathrooms and secondary bathrooms were also upgraded in the 2000s.
Some people developed a fetish for natural stone. It had to be everywhere in order to look “green” and environmentally conscious.
Bathtubs and showers were kept separate in most bathrooms in the 2000s, a trend that became standard in the 1990s. But in the 2000s, tubs elevated from being merely functional to being a luxury item. [Bathroom from a house in Peoria, AZ]
Relax and escape from stress. Same builder, different faucet and vanities.
Bathtubs received more detail and upgraded surroundings in the 2000s. No more cultured marble panels. Tile or natural stone were popular in a myriad of colors and textures.
What about showers in the 2000s? Floating glass shower doors were all the rage in the 2000s. No more sliding shower doors (frosted in the 1970s & etched glass in the 1980s) and no more shower curtains. It’s all about the illusion of frameless shower doors in the 2000s.
Okay, okay, so here’s a sliding shower door in the 2000s, but it appears frameless and there is no brass trim from the 1990s.
Probably the biggest trend in showers in the 2000s was multi-jet or multi-head showers. It’s important to get water spraying on every nook and crannie at the same time. Steam showers were considered a luxury upgrade. Overhead showerheads that resembled rainfall were also hot ticket items in the 2000s.
Homeowners were willing to give up bathtubs in the 2000s in exchange for larger showers. However, bathtubs will never go out of style. This bathroom went back to the 1950s for inspiration and used a subway tile pattern on the shower walls.
Tumbled travertine tile was used often in newer bathrooms. These homeowners focused their bathroom budget on the travertine and opted for a framed shower door.
Mosaic tile was used extensively in this Mediterranean-inspired Glendale, Arizona bathroom.
How’s this for a clean looking bathroom? White on white. With a floating glass shower door. Pedestal sinks remained in high demand in the 2000s, especially when remodeling older bathrooms.
This modern bathroom used a corner shower to conserve space. Bright colored slate tile was used to add flair.
Here we have a modern design with a fusion of different tile styles, seen in a home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Our final photo features a bathroom from a Phoenix home built in 2008. In the 2000s, the possibilities were endless.
The positives about Phoenix bathrooms in the 2000s:
- Choice of design (no more cookie-cutter)
- Choice of materials (natural stone, tile, glass, etc.)
- Larger space
- Choice of lighting, faucets, towel rods, etc.
The negatives about Phoenix bathrooms in the 2000s:
- When it comes time to sell, most buyers prefer a neutral design. Highly individualized bathrooms or modern bathrooms might not appeal to some buyers. What if a buyer doesn’t like travertine tile? Will they reject the house because of the time and money needed to remove it? It is much easier and less expensive to update a 1980s bathroom than to update a 2000s bathroom.
- Natural stone requires time & energy to maintain. Looks of cracks and pits that can collect dust and dirt.
What will Phoenix bathrooms be like in the 2010s? My predictions:
- Bathrooms will still be large in size
- Large walk-in showers will be more popular than bathtub/shower combos
- Bathrooms will become stark white to continue the spa-like appearance trend
- Lots of glass tile and glass mosaic tile instead of natural stone (using elements common in 1950s bathrooms)
- Light, clean colors (pure white, clean greens and blues)
- More recessed lighting instead of glass globe vanity lights, lights on the sides of mirrors, and cool LED lights
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October 26th, 2008 · 4 Comments
Design Through the Decades - Part 14
This is Part 2 of kitchen designs in Phoenix, Arizona in the 2000s. Part 1 showed how kitchen designs & cabinets changed in the 2000s. Now we’ll look at special kitchen features like backsplash and counter tops.
A very trendy upgrade to Phoenix kitchens in the 2000s was a pot filler faucet right there at the range. Want to cook spaghetti? Put the empty pot on the burner, turn on the faucet, and fill it up. No more heavy lifting. Well, until you are done cooking.
Kitchen backsplashes really took off in originality in the 2000s. Phoenix hadn’t seen backsplashes since the 1950s. Now, homebuyers and homeowners could personalize their kitchens in the 2000s. Here’s a Phoenix kitchen with stacked stone backsplash.
Or you could go with tumbled travertine stone pieces. Under cabinet lighting creates nice shadows on the stone.
Glass tile is gaining a lot of popularity in the late 2000s. Expect this trend to continue for several more years.
Here’s larger glass tile done in a subway pattern (popular in 1950s bathrooms).
Wow! A whole wall of subway pattern glass tile. Big cabinet door handles too. This Phoenix home was built in 2008.
For more modern kitchen designs in the 2000s, colored glass tile creates visual impact.
Natural stone tile was also popular in the 2000s, as seen in this Peoria, AZ kitchen.
Granite slab counters were standard upgrades in Phoenix homes over a certain price range. At $55-$60/square foot, granite isn’t cheap. It makes more sense to install granite slab in homes priced over $400,000. And buyers expect granite slab counters in homes priced over $500,000.
[There is new discussion about the safety of granite counters, as some reports find small traces of radon gas but not enough to cause any health threat. Read more about this here.]
If you want the granite slab look without the high price, then consider granite tile which costs a tenth the cost of granite slab. About $5.50-$6.00 per square foot tile. The tiles are about 1/3 inch thick versus one inch. However, homebuyers in the $400,000+ range will expect granite slab, not granite tile.
Concrete counters increased in popularity in the 2000s as people became more “green.”
Another kitchen with concrete counters.
Concrete counters in a modern-looking kitchen.
Quartz counters were an alternative to granite counters. Brand names of Silestone and Cambria were added to the 2000s buyer’s lexicon. Here’s a Phoenix home with Silestone counters.
Here’s a remodeled kitchen with Cambria quartz counters.
Counters made of recycled glass and concrete are actually expensive. Brand names of Icestone and Vetrazzo are gaining recognition and should really take off in the late 2000s and early 2010s. This Glendale, Arizona home has Icestone counters.
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October 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments
Design Through the Decades - Part 13
Phoenix kitchens in the 2000s. Many, many changes in design and products.
In the late 1900s and early 2000s, Phoenix moved away from white appliances (and white wash cabinets) to black appliances (oven, microwave, frig, dishwasher). And then by the mid-2000s and late-2000s, appliances went to stainless steel. As ecology became more important to buyers in the 2000s, more natural design elements and products were used.
This is Part 1 of Phoenix Kitchens in the 2000s because of the wide variety of designs. We’ll look at cabinets and kitchen layout design in this post. Part 2 will focus on counters, backsplash, and other features.
Let’s start with the typical Phoenix kitchen of the 2000s. Here we see darker cabinets, a prominent kitchen island, granite counters, recessed lighting, and stainless steel appliances.
Cherry cabinets were all the rage in the 2000s due to their rich and classy look.
Another Phoenix kitchen with cherry cabinets. Staggered cabinets and crown molding were also popular (instead of straight horizontal lines of cabinet tops). Granite counters became a standard.
For a more natural wood look, alder wood cabinets (with their knots) fit the bill.
Another Phoenix kitchen with alder wood cabinets, a more expensive upgrade. (For a while, it seemed that every $1million new construction home in north Scottsdale in the 2000s had alder wood cabinetry.)
For those buyers who could not afford real cherry wood cabinets, they could get “regular” cabinets with a cherry wood stain. Kitchen islands and open kitchen floor plans were the norm; it allowed cooks to keep an easy eye on the family.
Stainless steel appliances are so 2000s. Have you noticed that door handles are either not present or small brushed nickel knobs?
Good example of an open kitchen design and staggered cabinets. For families on the go, sitting at a breakfast bar is handy. No need to worry if there are enough cabinets; walk-in pantries became standard in the 2000s.
Raised panel cabinet doors with darker stain in the grooves was a popular upgrade. Crown molding on kitchen ceilings was another upgrade.
Ovens & stoves became the focal point of many kitchens in the 2000s. Although most homeowners were too busy to actually cook, they wanted to brag that they had the best kitchen just in case. Mortgage interest rates were low, financing was loose, and homebuilders offered incentives, so why not upgrade, upgrade, upgrade? An extra $2,000 for a stacked stone oven surround? No problem. Just add it to the loan.
Fancy exhaust fans, excuse me, range hoods were status symbols in the 2000s. As were wine refrigerators and wine racks.
Modern elements to kitchen design in the 2000s was an alternative to the more traditional designs as we’ve seen above. Here, cabinets stained nearly black plus large brushed nickel handles created a modern look. Even
exhaust fans range hoods were modernized. Kitchen faucets had modern designs too.
Another modern style kitchen with minimalistic faucet, glass cabinet doors, and oversized handles.
Built in 2007, this modern kitchen features a very large industrial kitchen faucet (seen in commercial restaurants) and integrated soffits (instead of a 9′ or 10′ tall ceiling above the cabinets).
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October 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments
Design Through the Decades - Part 7
Phoenix, Arizona continued to have exponential population growth throughout the 1990s, resulting in a gain of 338,000 people over those ten years. The population of Phoenix in 2000 was 1,321,045, which made Phoenix the sixth largest city in the United States.
As happened in the 1980s and 1990s, more new residents meant more houses. Just like the 1980s and 1990s was all about mass production of homes, the 2000s also had homes popping up quickly, particularly in north Phoenix (e.g., Norterra master planned community). Most of the new home construction in the 2000s however occurred in outlying suburb cities like Queen Creek, Buckeye, Avondale, Goodyear, Maricopa, & Peoria.
Home buyers were getting a little bored of the ivory-white exterior paint or pink-white paint and the cookie cutter designs. And designs do change over time. Let’s look at some of these changes in the 2000s.
One of the easiest design updates was adding stacked stone to the front even if for only a few feet.
Three-car garages emerged as an expected standard.
Garages began to blend in with the front exterior instead of being the only thing you saw out front.
Stone facades were all the rage. And more dominant entryways.
Gone are ivory-white and pink-white exterior paint colors, replaced with dark tans and browns.
The type of stucco finish also changed in the 2000s. The rough stucco in the 1980s and the fan pattern or crisscross pattern or skip trowel pattern of the 1990s were replaced by smooth sand finishes. And here we also see coved eaves.
A close-up of a stacked-stone entrance with carriage lighting.
The fancier homes had turret foyers.
The 2000s also saw a return to more traditional architecture found in other parts of the United States, for those buyers who wanted something different.
This Peoria, Arizona home shows a blending of Spanish and Mediterranean styles with a modern twist.
This concludes our review of the exterior architecture of Phoenix homes through the decades. Coming up next: Kitchens.
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