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More time at home means more opportunity for you to design your personal kitchen, bath :: WRAL.com

Every year we consider the colors and styles homeowners are gravitating towards when personalizing their new home kitchen and baths. The 2020 season, more so than ever, has given us the most poignant glimpse into how everyday living can affect our design choices. 

The global pandemic we continue to experience has resulted in families spending more time at home, altering both their needs and wants with regards to aesthetics, technology, innovative design options and energy-saving features.  

Buyers may have also found a little extra time to spend on Pinterest or watching HGTV to get inspired on the design of their new home.

“I have buyers that come in after months of being stuck at home with social distancing/COVID restrictions and they have learned what they don’t like,” said Rachel Anne Phelps, design consultant for Drees Homes.  “Through staying home, COVID has helped buyers learn how they truly function at home and that carries over to their choices they make with me.”

So, in the spirit of how form and function merge to create a space that your family desires to spend a lot of time in, let’s take a look at what homeowners are currently asking for in their kitchen and bath design!

Lighting

As evenings may include more home-based activities like menu planning, reading, board games or puzzles, proper lighting is of the utmost importance. Undercabinet lighting and stacked cabinetry lighting remain popular in the kitchen as well as the classic look of clear glass options in the bathroom.

Other lighting must-haves include exposed bulbs, sconces everywhere, and drop-down pendants, especially in the ever-popular black and chrome.

“We are also seeing larger pendants and linear lights over the islands in the kitchen,” said Phelps. “A lot of homebuyers

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Triangle Parade of Homes kicks off this weekend :: WRAL.com

— Hundreds of homes are available for viewing in the Triangle starting this weekend at the Parade of Homes.

Homes on the tour range from two bedroom to five bedrooms. The most expensive home on the map is featured at $2.8 million.

The smallest home available for viewing is at 800 square feet and the largest home on the list is at more than 9,000 square feet.

Due to the coronavirus, some homes on the tour might not be available for in-person viewing. It’s best to check with each location before you go to make sure the viewing is still open.

To plan your Parade of Homes tour, view the parade of homes map. Click the homes you would like to create your custom tour.

You can generate your parade map through Google Maps.

You can also view the homes virtually. Some presenters are showing homes through a 3D map.

The tours feature more than 200 homes and 113 builders.

The event runs Sept. 26 through the 27, and the first two weekends in October from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re thinking buying a new home, or if you are looking at revamping your home and need inspiration, you might want to check out this event.

The Triangle Parade of Homes waived entry fee for the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County to “showcase what affordable homes look like in our community.”

Habitat Wake will also be doing a raffle onsite at their locations in Garner.

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