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The House of The Future

January 6, 2010

Great news for the Casual Furniture Industry, according to Christopher Palmeri, a senior correspondent in BusinessWeek’s Los Angeles bureau, one of the amenities being highlighted in his article, Inside The House of The Future, is the Indoor/Outdoor Living Room. He writes, "When the homebuilding industry descends on Las Vegas on Jan. 20 for its annual trade show, a highlight as always will be a project called the New American Home. This model house—a new one gets built each year—serves as a showcase for the industry’s latest technology and trends. The massive four-bedroom, five-bath structure popping up in suburban Las Vegas this year may seem a little out of touch with the times as the nation suffers through the worst housing slump in decades. But out in the real world, architects and builders are busy trying to figure out how to put some of the same design features into new homes. Such trends are worth noting: Having amenities that appeal to buyers a decade or more after your house is built will help it hold its value."

National Association of Home Builders

One amenity that Christopher highlights is no surprise to the casual furniture industry, the Indoor/Outdoor Living Room. As a member of the casual furniture industry I am very pleased to see that people are talking and writing about this lifestyle, such as the National Home Builders Industry, the Association of Interior Designers and BusinessWeek.

Chris writes, "Just since 1992 the number of U.S. homes built with patios or porches has doubled. The New American Home in Las Vegas has a giant backyard that features a covered area with a flatscreen TV and pool table as well as a detached "rejuvenation room" for relaxing. New homes in warmer climates are being built with courtyards that provide a connection to the outdoors but also give shelter from wind and privacy from neighbors. This is critical as builders try to cram larger houses onto smaller lots to keep land costs down. And there’s a history to them, notes Newport Beach (Calif.) architect David Kosco: "The courtyard goes back to Roman times."

Outdoor Pool Table

We in the Casual Furniture Industry have been promoting this idea for years, it is nice to see more and more talk about indoor/outdoor living. As 2010 begins, we can hopefully put the worst of the recession behind us and start seeing growth in this popular amenity.

These are my outside views…Marcia Blake