The Capri Collection at Hidden Canyon – Blurred Lines Abound in Today’s Home Design

May 1, 2015

IRVINE, CA—Lines between indoors and outdoors, formal and informal are becoming less distinct in home design, KTGY Group Inc.’s principal Chris Texter tells The firm designed Toll Bros. Inc.’s new Capri Collection at Hidden Canyon, a series of single-family luxury homes surrounded by open space and canyon views, which recently debuted here. We spoke exclusively with Texter about the project as well as new home design trends in the Orange County market. What makes Hidden Canyon so unique for this market?

Texter: Hidden Canyon is a jewel of a location in Orange County that’s literally at the crossroads of Laguna Beach and South and Central Orange County. This provided the opportunity to create a community and design homes that are special. While providing the expected bedrooms and bathrooms, the designs created also emphasize social entertainment centered on the outstanding kitchens and disappearing walls to the outdoors. What home design trends are emerging for this region?

Texter: The design trend in Orange County and Southern California continues to blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors and the formal and informal. By the use of open great-room plans, large kitchen islands, hidden kitchens and large expanses of openable glass walls, the home’s living spaces ebb and flow between inside and outside. Seating spaces for dining are both inside and out. Soft seating for lounging or even watching TV is inside and out. The climate of Southern California allows for this flexible living, and home design continues to embrace the idea.” What other development trends are you noticing?

Texter: Development continues trending toward attention the active-adult lifestyles. Design must respond to the socio-economic diversity of this generation and the influence it has on community. These include proximity to either amenities or to work, single-story homes vs. multi-story, Universal Design features and assisted living. Southern California continues to be at the center of the genesis evolution of great living spaces.