Blog :: 12-2020

Home Design Trends Emerge from the Pandemic's Influence

Are you wondering what's trending in home design? Well, the Pandemic is influencing new design trends, according to 

The stress of 2020 is causing an overhaul in home design. For example, open floor plans are now being considered too open as households seek privacy for work and school while everyone is at home. As a result, home offices are growing in demand as buyers search for a new home.


Open floor plans are getting divided up. Homeowners are looking to create nooks or pockets for Zoom calls, lounging, exercising, and e-learning, design experts say. "New buyers are asking for homes with more separation, as sometimes multigenerational families share a home and need space and privacy amongst themselves,: Yorgos Tsibiridis, a broker at Douglas Elliman in the Hamptons, told 


Homeowners are craving nature in the pandemic and are bringing in more houseplants and indoor gardens. "During the pandemic when it was difficult for some to get their daily dose of nature, people started bringing the outdoors in with natural materials in their home," Julie Busby, founder of the Busby Group at Compass in Chicago, told


Wood-grain kitchen cabinets and counters are trending, offering a touch of organic and natural materials. Bill Darcy, CEO of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, told this may be another sign of tying home design elements to nature. Instead of all-white kitchens or painted cabinets, more homeowners are adding in wood-grain cabinets and wood countertops on to their kitchen islands, designers say.


Fireplaces fire pits, patios and decks, screened-in porches, and outdoor kitchens have all gained popularity during the pandemic. The outdoor kitchen is particularly trending, as homeowners add outdoor refrigerators and dining areas in their backyards or create a more elaborate space that includes a fully equipped kitchen outside with a stovetop and appliances.


Smart home innovations are increasingly entering the bathroom. "Touchless appliances including motion sensors for lighting, and smart temperature control for bathroom floors will be more popular in the next year, Darcy predicted.

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    August 2020 Market Report

    NW Vermont Real Estate Market Report - August 2020

    • New Listings decreased 1.0 percent for Single Family homes 7.1 percent for townhouse-Condo properties.
    • Pending sales increased 30.4 percent for Single Family homes and increased 15.9 percent for townhouse-Condo properties.
    • Inventory decreased 48.8 percent for Single Family homes and 49.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
    • The median sales price was up 10.7 percent to $334,000 for Single Family homes and decreased 5.4 percent to $245,000 for townhouse-condo properties.
    • Closed sales increased 8.5 percent for Single Family properties and decreased 11.8 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
    • Average days on market increased 12 percent or to 56 days for Single Family homes and decreased 32 percent or 36 days for the townhouse-condo market.
    • Month’s supply of inventory decreased 48.8 percent for Single Family units and decreased 49.7 percent for townhouse-condo units.

    The winter sky will shine brighter than it has in more than 800 years!

    December 21st may be the darkest day of the year, but look for the confluence of Jupiter and Saturn to make it brighter than ever! As in it's not been this bright in more than 800 years. WOW! Light brings us hope in the darkest of times. In a year like no other in our collective experience, we need hope and the promise of better things to come. We can shine together and take care of each other during these very dark days of winter. Where will you be when Jupiter and Saturn bring such bright light to all of us?

    Confluence of Jupiter & Saturn