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May 10, 2012

Study Reveals New Trends in the Kitchen Design Space

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3206 Regal Pl., Saint Louis MO (above)

For sale: $105,000

Sturdy and water resistant, bamboo is popular in kitchens, as seen in this St. Louis home for sale.

Universal design

Another big trend reflects the needs of Baby Boomers and an aging population. As a recent NAHB survey revealed, 90 percent of households say they want to age in place. This means that new homes and remodels are often focused on making that a possibility with an increase in wider doorways, touchless faucets and countertops that can be raised or lowered.

2248 Forestglade Dr., Stone Mountain GA (above)

For sale: $334,500

A touchless faucet is an easily installed home gadget to increase a home's universal access, as shown in this Stone Mountain home.

Recycling centers

With more consumers seeking ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, the going-green trend means more homes that boast recycling centers built into kitchen designs. Cabinets and kitchen islands hide bins to sort and recycle glass, paper and plastic as well as the trash container.

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