Flexibility is the name of the game in modern home design, and Marcus Hiles says that homes are being built with open floor plans and adaptable rooms to easily accommodate new arrivals for growing families. Implied spaces—areas of the home identified by different materials or colors in ceilings or floors—is a contemporary way to make interiors seem larger and avoid traditional obstructions like multiple walls. Breaking through barriers is what cutting-edge home design is trending towards: large bay windows allow for more natural light and can replace walls altogether, helping to blend the indoors with the out. In order to make private residences more desirable places to be, hot tubs, fitness areas and spas have started appearing in homes and apartment complexes, making relaxation and fitness easier than ever. Cooking gourmet-worthy meals has increased in popularity, and so have kitchens: restaurant-grade appliances and furniture like islands are included and helping kitchens become the center of the house, dining and living rooms are no longer the place families come together.