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3 Hawaii Home Redesign Trends This Year

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Ready to tackle redesigning your space? Honolulu Home Planning can help make your new spaces personal, beautiful, and effortlessly livable by incorporating some of the biggest redesign trends of 2016.

Some new trends include universal design, environmentally friendly building choices, and the inclusion of negative space. Not only will these design elements make your home feel modern and unique, they’ll also add long-term value to your home.

3 Hawaii Home Redesign Trends We’re Seeing

Universal Design
Many homeowners are turning to architecture firms to redesign existing homes. Younger homeowners prefer a well-designed space near work and established communities, even at the expense of square footage. Architects are focusing on expanding the usable space in existing homes by creating open layouts and multi-use rooms that increase functionality. This trend also appeals to older homeowners who want to remain in their homes by making them more accessible. These redesigns can involve removing and relocating walls to create communal living areas, adding large-scale windows, and turning porches and patios into fully functioning indoor/outdoor rooms. These redesign elements not only add space but bring in tons of natural light.

A good redesign combines function, beauty, and environmentally friendly building choices. Whatever your design goals, sourcing low-impact and sustainable elements—from reusable or recycled building materials to solar panels—environmentally friendly redesigned homes connect the past to the future. Consider how light, heat, and cooling elements enter your home. For instance, homes with 60% or more windows facing south see a 25% reduction in heating requirements. Newly designed outdoor spaces can also benefit from a partial “green roof,” in which the design includes a roof able to sustain a garden of indigenous plants. Not only are green roofs an interesting design element, they’ll help keep your home cooler.

Negative Space
Residential spaces are taking a cue from highly stylized buildings like museums and libraries. This includes incorporating sculptural elements like arches, domes, and geometric or circular “cut-outs” that highlight negative spaces and create visual interest. Traditional elements like skylights are also revamped in unique shapes that cast shadows resembling a modern art piece that changes throughout the day.  Cut-outs are also used for patterned facades—think walls and fences—in which flat surfaces become dynamic with the addition of repeated negative space. Negative space and sculptural elements are inherently modern design elements, helping your home achieve a look that is both contemporary and timeless.

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