Top 10 Building Products for 2015

2015 was a very good year for the home building industry. Interest rates are still low and there are lots of new innovative products and designs being introduced to consumers.

Candy’sDirt.com asked Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber to create a LifestylistList for 2015, and to say it was difficult to narrow it down to 10 products is an understatement!

Here’s the LifestylistList for 2015.

In a few days we’ll be heading back to Las Vegas for the 2016 Design and Construction Week – be sure and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter , Pinterest and Google+ to see real time the new products and trends we discover at the show.

Going Green

The Modular Housing Council announced recently that their CertifiedGreen program is in place and will launch this week.

Modular housing has always been a very environmental friendly way of building, and this program will be a way to certify a home is built to set standards. A lot of time and effort has gone into the program and I can’t wait to see the efforts of all of the hard working individuals on the committee!

More information on the certification can be found by contacting the Manufactured Housing Institute.

Modular Home Design Trends

It’s been a busy month! I’ve been traveling coast to coast to see the latest trends in housing, interiors, and furniture.

I get lots of emails about the differences in decorating a modular home vs a site built one, but truly there shouldn’t be any difference unless you are dealing with a modular home that has board and batten walls instead of tape and textured drywall. What’s amazing to me is how often modular housing drives or starts trends that then are used in site built homes. Due to the sheer volume of how many homes we build there is more of an opportunity to try out new things and see how they work.

One of the biggest trends I am seeing in modular and site built housing is islands in the kitchens that continue to grow in size and importance. Using a different stain or color on the island is a great way to make it stand out and to really add some impact and storage to a space. An area that modular housing has always offered more for your money is in the cabinets that are offered – many times you have twice as many cabinets in a modular home as what is offered in a comparable site builders home.

Stainless appliances have been around for quite awhile now, but they can also break the budget of many homeowners. What has become very popular are black appliances – they are usually priced more reasonably than stainless, I find them easier to keep clean than white or bisque ones, and they really can make a statement in any size kitchen.

Being a Lifestylist is all about understanding the lifestyle of a potential homeowner and what their needs are. Sharing what I see and learn is one of the favorite parts of what I do. I’m hoping to spend more time this year talking about upcoming trends and how they can fit into your lifestyle.