A recent design survey by the American Institute of Architects notes that builders are involved in both remodels and new home construction at a pace not seen since 2005, and this surge in building is following some interesting trends.
1. Accessible spaces
As homeowners are caring for aging parents, and thinking about their own needs as they get older or suffer sickness or injury, homes that are handicapped accessible make sense. Wider hallways and doors, first floor bedrooms, and properly equipped bathrooms will help keep homeowners comfortable and mobile.
2. Indoor / outdoor spaces
Making use of outdoor space is smart. The cost of an outdoor living space is less expensive than an addition and allows the homeowner to take advantage of their property. In nice weather, the indoor living area is easily expanded with the opening of the doors, making a wonderful entertaining area, or a pleasant way to watch the kids at play.
3. Maximizing space
The rising cost of land means fewer sprawling homes, and homeowners want to take advantage of the space they have. Built in storage, book cases, half baths or closets under stairways; all are ways to utilize what could easily be wasted space.
4. Environmental design
With a greater focus on being environmentally responsible, builders are seeing more interest in eco-design. While some of the materials and features may be more expensive initially, consumers can justify the cost as a necessity to keep Mother Earth green.
5. Larger homes
Those who can afford the price are building big, perhaps as an investment, or because they simply want to . And these larger homes have pricey features such as large custom closets, elegant great rooms and media rooms.
6. More informal spaces in homes
Formal entertaining occurs less and less, and the family is the focus of the home. Our lifestyles are becoming more casual and people are realizing those once-formal living rooms should be used everyday for the most special people in our homes – our families.
7. Open space layouts
Open layouts allow for more togetherness and more room to mix and mingle, which is perfect for the casual homeowner and parents who want to spend more time with their kids.
8. Single floor homes
Like open space layouts, single floor homes make it easier for parents to keep an eye on children and avoid dangerous stairways. They also allow more accessibility for the elderly, disabled or those dealing with mobility issues. Easy access to the outside is another plus.
Understanding today’s home building and renovation trends can help guide you in your purchase and remodeling decisions to ensure that your home will be an asset to you years from now.