Gen X Grows Up ... A Look at Design Trends
Photo: C. 2011 James F. Wilson/Courtesy Builder magazine.
Gen Xers, the 52 million individuals born between 1966 and 1985, are currently moving into their peak earning years and are often simultaneously raising children and caring for aging parents. Gerri Chmiel, senior design manager for Formica Corporation, shares what amenities Gen Xers require to accommodate the extended family and includes examples she photographed while touring the 2012 International Builders’ Show Builder Concept Home for the Gen X market.
Counterscaping and integrated dining are important trends for Gen Xers, as they prefer countertops, seating and spaces to have multiple uses. As seen here, the kitchen features a central island that is ideal for food prep and homework time. Photo: C. 2011 James F. Wilson/Courtesy Builder magazine.
Gen X families are wired, for both work and pleasure. A media room (bottom left), with incorporated technologies, is a place that the whole family can use with multiple computer and phone docking stations.
Gen X families appreciate having beautiful interiors, but may not yet be able to afford high-end products or may choose to invest in experiences that help them grow closer as a family, such as vacations or games. Our new laminate countertops in the 180fx® Collection are positioned perfectly for this market by providing a luxury look for an affordable price.
Gen X family activities move to the outside, with special attention given to offering a variety of spaces ranging from open lawns to intimate seating.
Although family togetherness is a key value, Gen Xers also like everyone to have designated “alone time.” Master suites for the parents may be located off a different hallway or on a different floor than the kids’ rooms. Playrooms contain the chaos of pint-sized art projects and toys. A secondary master suite, as seen in the Builder Concept Home, gives grandparents privacy by featuring a full apartment upstairs equipped with its own entrance, private bathroom (including a tub that can be raised and lowered for easier access), kitchenette and balcony. Photo: C. 2011 James F. Wilson/Courtesy Builder magazine.
More information on Gen X, Gen Y and Boomer trends and information can be found at www.builderconcepthome2012.com.