In Demand

Wide-open spaces and multifaceted, flexible rooms show luxury homeowners’ desire for practicality. Clients continue to seek less formal dining rooms, says Harrison Design’s principal architect Bulent Baydar. “What used to be more of a breakfast room is now becoming more of a multiuse dining room,” he says. “It’s usually still a separate space from the kitchen, but connected and can be opened up.” Colors are also making a comeback. “There is a clear shift from all-white or all-neutral color palettes in the kitchen to blending in bold pops of color, particularly earth tones or deep, rich shades of blue or green” through cabinetry, islands or backsplash, says Jenni Bonura, president and CEO of Harry Norman, Realtors. Baydar and Bonura also see a growing preference for natural wooden elements and natural stone, particularly for slab countertops or backsplashes.  Privacy is sought after elsewhere, though. Clients desire to close off offices, playrooms and in-law/guest suites with pocket doors. The yearning for separation applies to primary suites, especially for couples with varied work schedules who don’t want sound or light to wake the other person. Baydar explains that vestibules in primary bedrooms provide access to separate closets and, at times, separate bathrooms, with no direct access from the sleeping area.  When it’s time to gather as a family or entertain, bar areas with multiple TVs and golf simulators are commonly requested in terrace levels, he says. Garage heights accommodate lifts for more vehicles and glass viewing spaces on the second level as version 2.0 of the man cave.

by the numbers

Town at Trilith is set to open a boutique hotel early next year. Here’s a look at the plans for Portal Guesthouse, which will be part of the 235-acre residential and mixed-use community adjacent to Trilith Studios in Fayetteville and a Marriott International Tribute Portfolio property.


Number of guest rooms and suites, including extended-stay units


Number of apartment-style units for extended-stay customers


Square footage of indoor and outdoor event spaces


Number of seats planned in Portal Guesthouse’s signature restaurant


Number of floors inside the property


Rooftop bar with views of the lake and Trilith’s downtown
retail and restaurant district