Trending: Coziness, Convenience and More Gathering Space

Many times it’s easy to guess the decade in which a home was built, based on its design and features. Wood paneling is “so seventies”, while chrome and big window treatments equal eighties style. Trends are constantly evolving, but home elements that are inspired by necessity tend to stick around a bit longer.

As always, updated homes reign supreme. According to, 2017 buyers are looking for large backyards, updated kitchens and garages, and ranch-style homes.

One of the most buzzed about projects on Pinterest in recent months has been the “drop zone,” used for easy organization. It’s essentially an upgraded “mudroom” type of space that is viewed by many as a highly customized feature.

Drop Zone Convenience is Key

Sabal Homes’ Camelia plan, which recently claimed the Best in American Living (BALA) Platinum Award, includes a drop zone in the owner’s entry with a built-in bench seat.

And it’s not just the extra storage home buyers love; these zones are functional. When coming in from outside, you can take a seat to remove shoes and stash your backpack, purse or other belongings. In the Camelia, this space gives way to both the covered back porch and the laundry room. Sorting dirty clothes and shoes hassle-free is a major plus for those with children.

Modern Farmhouse

Farmhouse style is also having a major moment. Not only do rustic

interiors radiate hominess and warmth, but décor like wire baskets and distressed console tables and wall cabinets are practical and charming. According to a Pinterest list of the predicted top 10 home trends for 2017, pins featuring the farmhouse style are up 40 percent since last year.


When it comes to country influence, wood elements are a must. As for Sabal’s Camelia home plan, BALA judges commented that the white shiplap walls exude farmhouse charm, and that the “adorable under-stairs storage” adds to the home’s modern farmhouse appeal.

Kitchen Islands – The Bigger, The Better

A large island in the kitchen is another desired feature. Homeowners love the extra counter space and how such a piece often becomes the focal point of everyday living. Increasing the size of the island enables the kitchen to be more like a living room. It’s now becoming a gathering space, with stools for the family or company to take a seat while others cook.

Islands with a contemporary design and countertop are a must for modern homebuyers. In this Forbes article, kitchen design expert Rebekah Zaveloff says the “focus is on work stations rather than the work triangle,” meaning the islands are a “hangout” and clean up station versus the prep station of islands past.

What trends have you noticed during your home search? Stop by Sabal Homes for a model home tour and see what strikes your interest.