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.
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
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.