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Hot home trends focus on the family - The Galveston County Daily News: Business

January 23, 2017

Hot home trends focus on the family

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:45 am

Many years from now, if anthropologists were to look at area houses built in 2013 and beyond, they might surmise we had finally stopped pretending we’d ever use that formal dining room; they would notice some of our outdoor kitchens rivaled the ones indoors; we found a place other than a small hallway table to drop all our mail, backpacks, purses and other gear when we walked in the door; two-car garages were no longer enough; we worshipped storage space; we wanted our parents and family to be comfortable when they visited or came to live with us; we were enamored with vinyl plank flooring. And those anthropologists would have a hard time finding a traditional study or office.

From floor plans that revolve around “mother-in-law suites,” three-bay garages and “drop zones,” houses are reflecting our ever-evolving culture, with some of the most dramatic changes in kitchens — both indoors and out.

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