What’s hot and not in home styles 2012

By Marcelle Sussman Fischler, Yahoo! Real Estate  Please read the entire article about home style trends in 2012 by clicking here

Modern gets the thumbs up.

Why is the Modern style so appealing? Easy, functional and bright, with walls of glass and open spaces, today’s modern is eco-sensitive and forward thinking, with state of the art kitchens and “smart house” technologies, though developers often prefer modern interiors with more traditional skins.

Why is the Modern style so appealing? Easy, functional and bright, with walls of glass and open spaces, today’s modern is eco-sensitive and forward thinking, with state of the art kitchens and “smart house” technologies, though developers often prefer modern interiors with more traditional skins. Photo: flickr | International Builders' Show

Spa-like and eco-sensitive, the  “New American Home 2012” being unveiled in Orlando this week by the National Association of Home Builders in conjunction with the International Builders’ Show, is a warmer take on the classic “White Box” of mid-20th century modern design.

“A lot of people want a spa feeling and a spa look that’s very analogous to modern,” said Luis Juaregui, aTexas-based American Institute of Architects accredited architect. The 4,200 square foot, $3.5 million gray stone and glass home has free flowing entertaining spaces,  floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, a stone staircase with open risers, clear glass balustrades and clean geometric lines, tempered by dark wood cabinets, area rugs and soft furnishings.

These days, downsizing is cool; supersized McMansions towering over smaller homes are not.

Craftsman style homes, popular before World War II, are also enjoying a revival, said Gary D. Cannella, an architect in Bohemia, N.Y.  “It’s the style not the size.”

Adaptable to sizable abodes or small bungalows, these one or one and a half story homes boast  low-pitched rooflines, tapered columns, oversized eaves, gables and the front porches “that everyone wants and no one sits on.”

Craftsman style and smaller homes are in too. Why are Craftsman-style homes so appealing? Why They are Appealing: This one to one and a half story style shouts cozy. With an emphasis on natural materials and decorative details, it works well for larger homes and small bungalows. Photo: flickr | roarofthefour

Craftsman style and smaller homes are in too. Why are Craftsman-style homes so appealing? Why They are Appealing: This one to one and a half story style shouts cozy. With an emphasis on natural materials and decorative details, it works well for larger homes and small bungalows. Photo: flickr | roarofthefour

Stephen Melman, director of economic services at the National Association of Home Builders said that houses shrank about 10 percent from their 2,500 square foot peak in 2007, and are expected “to get smaller and more efficient” with open floor plans, master bedrooms on the first floor and dining rooms distinguished only by a chandelier or architectural detail.

One-story ranch homes, post World War II suburbia’s signature easy style, are slowly regaining favor, thanks to first time buyers with tiny tots and aging baby boomers seeking accessibility.

Neo-Mediterranean: Red tile roofs, stucco walls, archways, towers and heavy wooden doors with a Spanish or Tuscan flavor.

Neo-Mediterranean home styles are becoming the Sun Belt standard.  The Southern European style and materials work well in warmer climates and match the landscape.

Neo-Mediterranean home styles are becoming the Sun Belt standard. The Southern European style and materials work well in warmer climates and match the landscape.

Home Styles that are Not so Hot in 2012

Victorian homes are charming, but almost no one builds them like this anymore. Why They Are Not Appealing: While it’s hard not to love their colorful eccentricities, Victorians are challenging to rehabilitate or maintain. Their warrens of small rooms aren’t conducive to 21st century lifestyles. Photo: TBoard

Victorian homes are charming, but almost no one builds them like this anymore. Why They Are Not Appealing: While it’s hard not to love their colorful eccentricities, Victorians are challenging to rehabilitate or maintain. Their warrens of small rooms aren’t conducive to 21st century lifestyles. Photo: TBoard

Split-level homes, with many steps, have lost market appeal.  Why they are not appealing: This darling of the 1950s, 60s and 70s is outdated and complicated to maneuver with steps at nearly every turn.Photo: flickr | Sportsuburban

Split-level homes, with many steps, have lost market appeal. Why they are not appealing: This darling of the 1950s, 60s and 70s is outdated and complicated to maneuver with steps at nearly every turn. Photo: flickr | Sportsuburban

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McMansion’s were a sign of success before the bubble burst. Why they are not appealing: Pretentious, over-sized energy guzzlers, overshadow surrounding homes and out of sync with the economic climate’s downsizing trend. 
Photo: flickr | FunnyBiz

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