ZZZerious emerging home trend: the snoring room

Remember “til death do us part”? Traditionally, it meant putting up with a lot, including the snoring spouse or partner. Well no more.

One of the emerging trends in new home construction is the addition of a snoring room adjacent to the master bedroom suite, along with the usual bathroom and walk-in closet. Typically it’s an 12′ by 12′ soundproofed room with a double bed. And since it’s part of the master bedroom with full-sized bed, it beats the couch every time. Better for sleeping and the relationship.

“It’s an emerging trend,” Nash said. “I think it will definitely go mainstream in the next three years.”

Among “active adults,” the demographic term for people 55 and older, it already has.

Now some don’t like the the word “snoring room”, as snoring is often associated with more mature adults or overweight adults, and why compromise the value of a good idea? So the “double master suite;) ;) is also being promoted as a solution to “lifestyle issues” like being on different schedules, or spouses that move or talk in their sleep.

In existing home remodels, space for the snoring room is being carved from master suite sitting areas or largely unused hallway closet space.

Props: The Chicago Tribune.

Sound Proof Drywall: a high performance, low cost soundproofing alternative

Have a home theatre room that needs soundproofing? Want more privacy for (or from) mancave powertool experiments? Have kids with rock’n'roll dreams you can’t wait for them to outgrow? You can have it all and your peace and quiet too. The answer lies in using soundproof drywall where needed in your home.

Traditional soundproofing methods have been labor-intensive, lengthy processes requiring specialized knowledge. Soundproof drywall, such as QuietSolution’s QR-525 product is a significant leap forward in ease of use both for DIYers and home improvement / construction professionals. The benefits …

Ease of Use with Low Cost

QuietSolution soundproof drywall is “score, snap and hang” – no special training, tools or equipment required to install. Accessible for DIYers, an efficiency gain for professionals.

High Performance

A single layer of QuietRock QR-525 offers the same sound protection as 8 layers of standard drywall with a Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating of up to 72. QuietRock’s patented technology uses 3 layers of viscoelastic, ceramic and gypsum material but still manages to be “eco friendly” and fire-rated.

An Award Winner …

I’m thinking along the lines of QuietRock QR-525 soundproof drywall – a Hanley Wood Most Valuable Product award winner.

“Each of these products will make a strong impact on the way builders and remodelers do their job,” says Jean Dimeo, Editorial Director, ebuild and BUILDING PRODUCTS. “From improving efficiency to cost-savings, the winning products represent the best new products to enter the housing industry over the previous year.”

With High Profile Press

QuietSolution soundproof drywall has been featured on Holmes on Homes (video snip from QuietSolution website), the CBS Early Show, and HGTV’s I Want That.

Check it out. See complete QuietRock drywall product specs & information on the QR website.

5 Surprising Home Remodeling & Building Trends

From a recent survey of real estate execs, agents and brokers, here are the surprising features people are asking for:

  • Upscale garages
  • “Caving” – more personal space, a room of one’s own
  • Rejuvenation rooms
  • Heated patios
  • Snoring rooms

Read Five Home Trends We Never Saw Coming for the full story.

Mike Holmes Green Building Initiative

Mike Holmes, the crusading contractor / star of Holmes on Homes is in talks with home builders about forming a new building company to construct “eco-friendly homes that meet standards above the building code basics” across Canada.

If you’ve watched his show (on the Discovery Home channel in the US and HGTV in Canada), you know he likes to rail about the declining quality of new homes and the shoddy workmanship he finds. Now he’s trying to do something about it. And going green to boot.

“We’re in negotiations and talks now about building communities,” Holmes said. “We’ll start out West and then move right across the country.”

The concept is to build homes that are designed and inspected by Holmes, using eco-products that have the Holmes seal of approval.

Can it get any better??

Read more: Holmes to build with eco-friendly edge.

Teeny Tiny Energy Efficient Homes

Weebee model tiny home from Tumbleweeds Tiny House Company

Could you live in a 100 sq ft home? 10 X 10? I know what my response would be – much laughter. But there is a guy out there building such exotic items and making a living at it too.

Jay Shafer of Tumbleweeds Tiny Homes located in the Bay Area has built them for customers all over the world. Make no mistake, they are complete homes – with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom / shower, great room, and tons of creative storage solutions “many large home owners would envy”. And you can put them on wheels! Have tiny house, will travel.

My thoughts? Yes, something only a single man would come up with. Schafer actually makes them up to 700 sq ft to accommodate more people, but still very small by conventional standards.

The people who buy them are often interested in “downsizing their lives”. Others put them in the backyard as a “retreat” or use them as cabins.

But seriously, why so small?

Jay Shafer: “The average American house these days is pretty big and it’s consuming a lot of resources and it’s producing a lot of greenhouse gases.”

The energy savings are real. Jay’s own tiny home only takes 5 minutes to warm up or cool down. He says he’s using about $3 worth of energy per month.

An interesting trend that will hopefully make a bigger impact in the housing market.

See the Tiny Home Photo Gallery – not a dwarf in sight.

Read the story and see the video on ABC7News.com.

See another video on alternative housing featuring Tumbleweeds Tiny Homes on CBS5.com.

Green Homeowners are spreading the word

The green home market is now a 2 billion dollar industry, according to McGraw-Hill Construction in market research presented at the recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Green Building Conference.

85% of green home owners are happier and more satisfied with their new green homes than they were with their old non-green homes. And the “green buzz” is strong – 28% of surveyed homeowners reported first hearing about the green home concept through friends and acquaintances.

The research also found that:

  • The new green homeowner is affluent and well educated, in his/her mid forties and married, and also more likely to be from the Southern or Western states. Women are also more likely to be green homeowners.
  • Home operating costs matter. 63% report lower operating and maintenance costs as the key motivation behind buying a green home. Additionally, nearly 50% report environmental concerns and family health as motivators.
  • Lack of awareness, higher costs, and scarcity lead obstacles. The top three obstacles, all hovering over 60% of respondents, were oriented around education, additional costs involved in green homes and the availability of the homes. However, when looking at the “biggest” obstacles, green homeowners view education as the biggest hurdle to overcome.

The research also indicated that homeowners have also been very active in green remodeling and renovating. 40% of actively renovating homeowners are doing so using green products or technologies, such as energy efficient windows.

McGraw Hill Construction Press Release.

NAHB Press Release.

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