Connecting our Clients to the Lifestyle of their dreams – New Year, New Decade…Let's add some GREEN!

Rather than being instantly propagated by viral memes, most trends gain momentum slowly, sometimes taking years to gain widespread adoption. For kitchens and residences, the first signs of change often surface in concept homes which are often indicators of what’s ahead in the home, design and shelter space.

This year is all about green, and how individuals are incorporating green design and features in to their homes. One of the concept homes built and designed for Design and Construction Week 2019, a ranch in downtown Las Vegas, featured a butler’s pantry/back kitchen that included an appliance designed to grow herbs and microgreens inside the home. Another concept house was developed to promote wellness and included a green wall adjacent to the kitchen to enhance air quality and provided a space to grow fresh food. With grow walls becoming more prominent in the shelter space, we may see this trend make its way from concept homes to high-end kitchens across the globe.

The New Farm to Table

In kitchens today, there is an emphasis on wellness and healthy living that extends beyond simply buying items that are unprocessed, extending to preparation, storage and even in-home food production. All of which gives new meaning to the term “farm to table.”

The tipping point may be well in the future, but a growing interest in organic, fresh and responsibly produced food is expected to create more change in kitchens over the next few years.  It’s easy to see indications in the marketplace already, from concepts at design shows to new appliances. Along with the Urban Cultivator, an undercounter appliance introduced for residences in 2015 that can grow herbs, microgreens, vegetables, and flowers for residences and commercial kitchens, the New American Remodeled Home, showcased at the National Association of Home Builders’ 2019 trade show, featured other opportunities for gardens and growing including fruit trees surrounding the perimeter of a rear yard, turning it into an orchard and an artfully designed chicken coop.

“Wellness is the new luxury,” says Mary Jo Peterson, an award-winning author, educator, designer and president of Mary Jo Peterson, Inc. Wellness might be on the verge of being another overused catchphrase, but Peterson says, “There is genuine concern about the health of food in the kitchen.” 

From Concept to Kitchen

Greenery was very much in evidence at the last EuroCucina, a biannual kitchen trade show in Milan. In part, this is a nod to biophilia, the integration of nature into interiors and designs, but several exhibitors also edged into the food production arena. In a forward-looking exhibit focused on the kitchen of the future, Electrolux featured Air Garden, a ventilation fan that incorporated space to grow herbs. Other exhibits showcased options for open shelving or floating shelves configured for plants. “We all know that plants contribute highly to our wellbeing,” says Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets, who sees the desire to include kitchen gardens and growing food at home as an important microtrend, but one not driving the mass market.

Consumers are still reticent about the practicality of growing food at home, according to kitchen designers, even though green walls and biophilic design garner quite a bit of interest. “I think it’s a big micro trend, meaning it’s well-known and it’s not something that you have to look very hard to find or to see. But I don’t think it’s widely utilized, because I think there is some reservation from a lot of people about whether they have the capability to grow things,” explains Pierce. 

The Urban Cultivator, which was piloted as a commercial appliance and is used by the Four Seasons and Fairmont hotels as well as Microsoft, Google and Martha Stewart, attempts to bypass these reservations with automatic cycles for watering and grow lights — both integrated into the appliance.

Also emerging is the notion of the Wellness Kitchen, and a green kitchen is only part of the broader vision. “If you want to talk about total design in the kitchen, you have to pay attention to a lot of things including social aspects as well as acoustics, light, water, air quality and other factors”, says Peterson.

In the most forward-looking vision, the Wellness Kitchen completely revises any current notions of cooking and storage, according to Veronica Schreibeis, chair of the Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness Architecture Initiative and a leading proponent of the Wellness Kitchen. Ultimately food storage would incorporate attention to climate and temperature as more space is devoted to dormant and fresh living foods.

Appliance manufacturers are also focusing on better food preservation, according to Peterson, and the desire to keep food at its peak, is fueling innovation. This year, Perlick, a leader in bar and beverage systems, introduced a column refrigerator with an innovative preservation system in four separate, temperature zones that includes humidity monitoring. Unlike traditional models, Perlick electronically monitors the humidity in the produce bin, since produce loses water as it ages. The unit is equipped with the intelligence to push moisture back into the compartment to maintain the freshness of leafy greens and other produce prone to wilting. Additionally, the unit has a filtration system that removes odors and scrubs the air of ethylene gas, which accelerates the ripening of some delicate vegetables.

In some areas of the world, a composting appliance is becoming a must-have for high-end consumers and mainstream manufacturers are beginning to take notice. Two years ago, Whirlpool introduced an appliance that turns a week’s worth of food waste from an average family, including meat and dairy, into fertilizer that can be spread on plants in as little as 24 hours. The countertop-height unit is self-contained and includes an app for remote operations.

Trends for homes often start in the high-end and trickle down, but Peterson sees strong proponents for organic and fresh among Millennials. “It’s a trend that is being absorbed up,” she says.  In itself this might indicate a new path in the world.

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  • Article contributed by Camilla McLaughlin

Connecting our Clients to the Lifestyle of their Dreams – ALLURE OF THE SECOND HOME: WHY AFFLUENT BUYERS ARE DISPLAYING CONFIDENCE IN RESORT MARKETS

The potential market for luxury property has never been bigger.

In our most recent research report, The Allure of the Second Home: Why Affluent Buyers are Displaying Confidence in Resort Markets, we explore the current state of the second home market, as it relates to the affluent consumer, focusing on the top 10% and above income earners in 26 countries, who are in the market to buy or sell a second or vacation home in the next three years.

Who is Considering Buying and Selling?

Buyers, age 40 and younger, are taking over the luxury second home market, but lack the experience of Gen X and Boomers

Luxury second home buyers and sellers have similar demographic profiles in terms of age, geography, education and professional status. As a result, their financial profiles are similar, with the only noticeable difference being that sellers have slightly higher asset levels.

Interestingly, this group has notably high assets for their age. About half of the qualified consumer market is under the age of 40, yet their aspirations for purchase are in the millions of dollars.

For most, this is not their first time purchasing a second home—the average number of residences is over three and 14% own at least five residences currently. Driven not by the Millennial group, but rather by Gen X and Boomers. Of Gen X luxury second home buyers, 17% have more than five homes, along with 19% of Boomers in this buyer group.

Current State of the Resort and Second Home Market

Affluent consumers are in acquisition mode

Those who are in the market to purchase a luxury second home are adding to their portfolio and unlikely to sell their existing second home at the moment—thus there are more buyers than sellers. Interestingly too, this means that sellers are also buyers, but buyers are not necessarily sellers.

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Buyers show more confidence in the market than sellers. More than half of buyers believe that now is a good time to purchase a second home, while relatively few think it is a good time to sell. As noted previously, these consumers are quite savvy when it comes to homeownership; 76% own two or more properties currently.

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What are Second-Home Buyers Looking for?

Wellness is the New Luxury

Affluent consumers have begun living with wellness in mind and this also influences the second home market. In fact, 96% take at least one aspect of wellness seriously as part of their daily routine. Beyond physical and emotional wellness, which most affluent consumers focus on, luxury buyers are keen to improve their intellectual, social and even spiritual wellness.

Amenities that address these needs are sought by buyers and especially resort and second home buyers because of a growing demand for communities that take a holistic approach to overall wellness.

The Bottom Line

With more buyers than sellers, the demand for second homes is keeping home values high for luxury properties. Younger buyers are becoming more prominent, currently making up nearly half of the market, however, older generations have more experience buying second homes. Multiple residences, as well as customized experiences, including wellness amenities becoming a priority.

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OPEN HOUSE this SUNDAY from 1-3pm | Gated Community of Bridgewater Crossing, Richardson 75082 – 4 Bed 3.1 Bath

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday from 1-3pm

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Welcome home to 3410 Sweetwater Drive. Privately located in the gated community of Bridgewater Crossing in Richardson, TX.
From the moment that you walk through the front door, you are greeted by the meticulously designed residence; the homeowners sparing no expense in their finishing luxury touches and floorplan customization.
Built by America’s Luxury Home Builder – Toll Brothers; this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home is now ready for you to call HOME. Nestled in one of the most sought after suburbs in the Dallas Metro | Richardson, TX.
Warm hardwood floors can be found throughout most of this home. An inviting Formal Dining room with soaring ceilings in the perfect place to enjoy those special meals. A gas/wood burning fireplace can be found in the Family Room is the perfect spot to curl up with a great book or catch up with good friends.
This open and flowing floorplan invites you into the family gathering area and the real heart of the home – the Chefs’ Kitchen…here you will find only the finest of quartz countertops, matchstick tile/stone backsplash, sliding drawer for the waste receptacle, 5 burner gas stove-top, cabinetry extended to ceiling and a large walk-in pantry with added storage.
The first floor is where you will find the Master Bedroom Suite and Spa-Bath with large walk-in closet. The Master suite with sitting area has a private entrance onto one of the 2 outdoor patios. As you enter the spa-bath, be sure to look inside the custom cabinetry – electrical outlets are thoughtfully hidden inside the main cabinet; allowing for a clutter free countertop. Take a soak in the relaxing tub or enjoy the large step-down glassed-in shower with convenient seat.
The second level landing brings you to a Bonus area that can be used for your Media, Library or Office. Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 are found on the level along with 2 full baths. The 4th Bedroom is complete with its own private full bath – perfect for visiting guests, family or that teenager!
Your garage has been extended with towering ceilings perfect for added top storage.
Features Found in this Toll Brothers home:
– Advance Monitored Security System with installed cameras
– Plantation Shutters throughout home
– Solid Core Doors
– Designer Crown Molding – Wide
– Glassed-In Showers and Doors in all Baths
– 2 separate backyard patio sitting areas
– Large Stone Pavers in Backyard
– 10,000+ in added Landscaping
– Extended Garage for added storage
– Surround-sound Speakers – 2nd level Bonus Room area
– Garage Key Pad
– Recessed Ceiling Lighting
– Toll Brothers Builders Warranty in place

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK! Facebook Chooses Fort Worth

More GREAT news for the D.FW – to find out more about our great Metro just call 214.769.2142….Let’s chat!

Facebook Chooses Fort Worth

The good news just keeps coming for Fort Worth: Construction begins today in North Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development on an almost $1 billion data center for social media giant Facebook.

Facebook’s 110-acre, 750,000-square-foot new Fort Worth data center will start out with a 250,000-square-foot building and be tripled in size over time.

Facebook – which has more than 1.4 billion online users – currently has data centers in Oregon, North Carolina and Iowa.

In other great news for Fort Worth, UNT Health Sciences and TCU announced earlier this week a collaboration for a new medical school.