In the knee-jerk world of home building, flex space, bigger kitchens and upgraded bathrooms are in.
Increasingly adaptable bedroom designs may be just the ticket for trend-driving Baby Boomers whose marriages are plagued by snorts, sniffles and wheezing.
Enter the so-called snore room option at Del Webb's Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio. The secondary bedroom that shares the master bathroom was designed for 55 and older couples who may start out in the same bed but end up apart because of snoring, insomnia or late-night TV viewing habits. About a quarter of couples in this age group sleep apart to get a good night's rest, according to data studied by PulteGroup.
Meanwhile, on a national scope, bigger kitchens are gaining favor, according to the American Institute of Architects' latest design trends survey. The kitchen is once again the heart of the home with consumers wanting open design, integration with other living space, a computer area and recharging stations.
In bathrooms, LED lighting is the thing, as are dual-flush toilets, door-free showers and hand showers, say the architects.