Stress Free Living
Harried Americans are looking for products that will make their lives easier – especially at home, which is seen as a retreat from the hectic world. According to a report by The Futures Company, a smooth, stress- free experience is an important driver for the 2015 consumer. Window and Door Concept’s new interior shade system, with its beautiful lines and effortless one-hand operation, is a great example of bringing this concept to life.
Americans love technology, and automated home systems are becoming an expectation, particularly among upscale buyers. Homeowners want complete control over lighting, security, heating and cooling, and other functions – no matter whether they’re at home or on vacation. Window and Door Concept's new integrated, automated exterior shades are a unique addition to home automation offerings.
It’s no surprise to see this topic on the list. Energy efficiency “is becoming an assumption, not an add-on,” said Craig Webb, editor-in-chief of Remodeling magazine. Efficiency is being built into
the very foundations of buildings, with siting becoming a key consideration for passive construction techniques. Window and Door Concepts is addressing this trend with an array of products that feature industry-leading efficiency – including the first windows by a mainstream manufacturer that are certified by the PassiveHouse Institute U.S.
Bring Outside In
Large expanses of glass are being designed into more and more homes, while advances in window technology allow large glass areas without loss of structural integrity or energy efficiency. New products like Window and Doors Concept’s 90-degree corner units make it easy to bring outdoors and indoors together.
Contemporary design never really went away, but it’s coming on strong in 2015. Builders and remodelers expect a 22 percent increase in contemporary projects over the next two years. According
to a national survey by Pulte Group, consumers want strong, linear looks and finishes that bring modern flair to a home. The contemporary look is particularly popular with homeowners under age 55. Take a look at Window and Door Concept’s contemporary offerings in a downloadable brochure.
Big is Back
After nearly a decade in retreat, home sizes are growing again, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The typical new home buyer wants a home that’s 17 percent larger than their current residence, according to the NAHB. And the average home size is up to 2505 square feet, nearly as large as it was at the peak of the housing boom in 2007. Meanwhile, new annual housing starts have hit the1 million mark again – the highest in more than five years, an important indicator of a normal market.