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ALISO VIEJO, CA—Home designs are changing to meet the needs ofreal families based on how they really use their space, saysJoan Marcus-Colvin, senior VP of sales, marketingand design for the New Home Co. As GlobeSt.comreported in July, the firm had sold 23 luxuryhomes in its new neighborhoods Trevi andAmelia in the Orchard Hillsmaster-planned community in Irvine, CA, since they opened less thantwo months prior, representing more than $50 million. The homesinclude features such as the family office and foodie kitchen.GlobeSt.com spoke with Marcus-Colvin about the creation of thesefeatures and what's changing in today's home design.

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GlobeSt.com: What was the inspiration behindelements like the family office and foodie kitchen in the Trevi andAmelia neighborhoods in Orchard Hills?

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Marcus-Colvin: After spending timewith our buyers in Lambert Ranch, it was clear that everyone spenttime around the kitchen table to do their variousprojects/homework/bills. We had just completed a very high-endcustom home for a family who wanted a shared workspace with theirchildren, so why not combine the desires of a custom solution intoa production program? I think the added storage and project islandenhance the entire space and make it much more than a spot forhomework.

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GlobeSt.com: What other design elements like thesedo you see entering the residential market?

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Marcus-Colvin: What is so fun aboutour job is that we are constantly trying to figure out what thenext trends will be and how to design our homes to support them. Ithink the relationship between our kitchens and outdoor spaces willcontinue, along with new ways of bringing generational familiestogether.

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GlobeSt.com: Any other thoughts on the latest inresidential design?

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Marcus-Colvin: In these last fewyears, we've made a distinct turn toward a more contemporarysensibility in our interior design, although our exteriors havestayed more traditional. And although this mix of styles betweenthe interior and exterior was once unheard of, I think we'llcontinue this trend for the foreseeable future.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.