TV, websites accelerating trends in home decor, say Wichita builders
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HGTV and websites such as are taking a lot of the guesswork out of features to include – or to skip – when building homes, area builders said.

“They have really opened people’s eyes to different things that come from different parts of the country,” said Cory Shackelford of Shackelford Construction, which builds homes ranging from $ 250,000 to $ 2 million.

And they are also accelerating the introduction of East and West Coast trends to the middle of the country.

Before, “it took about five years for trends to migrate here,” said Cherie Nies Cowgill, vice president of Nies Homes, which primarily builds custom homes starting at $ 275,000.

“I have to stay up with the latest and greatest in design and styles,” Cowgill said of the influence of the Internet and TV programs. “It definitely is having a much bigger impact on what customers are asking for.”

And those trends portend small and big changes to most new houses being built in the Wichita area, including paint colors on the walls and plumbing fixtures, the move away from formal dining rooms, and major changes to bathrooms.

Builders said the homes most affected by trends seen on TV and elsewhere are those priced higher than $ 150,000. Generally, the higher the price of the home, the more it will reflect the current trends.

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