John Swanson, editor & associate publisher of Window & Door
Builder Magazine recently ran an article looking at 10 design trends for 2011.
It suggests we can expect more homes that are simpler and smaller.
Green remains strong, and is expected to become even more important when
it comes to interior finishes (note Kolbe's new offering
in Recent Introductions this week). One material that's predicted to
see gains is glass–not in windows and doors–but in countertops and
What it all means for our industry is hard
to tell. On the downside, smaller homes translate into fewer windows.
And simpler may seem a little threatening, but the overview suggests
that while homeowners are downsizing, they still want quality.
what do you think will be the big "design" trends for our industry in
2011? I've suggested a few possibilities in our poll question of the
week. Of course, you're not limited. If you think there's another
trend we should be on the look out for, email me
or post a comment. And, if you think I'm wrong about any of the
potential trends mentioned, I'd also like to hear from you about that.
Plenty of companies have plans, but just weathering the storm remains a primary goal for the coming year..read more