New Home Trends



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.

About christinahammondhomes

Christina Hammond is currently a real estate agent for Keller Williams Greater Athens in Athens, Georgia. Her interests in real estate began when she was an undergraduate at Arizona State University, where she studied business and psychology. During her years at ASU, she apprenticed with one of the top producing real estate brokers in the area, learning the details of real estate sales in a large metropolitan area. This practical experience, combined with her university studies, further increased her interest in real estate as a career. Christina excels in developing close working relationships with clients that often grow into long term friendships. She has 15 years of real estate experience, the last 8 in the Athens area. As in Phoenix, she has fostered many connections with her clients and finds this part of her work more satisfying in this smaller venue. As Christina says, “It is enormously rewarding to help a client find a home that is right for them. Homes are the physical manifestation of many people’s dreams, and it is hard to express the satisfaction of helping someone find a home that they love.” Of course, selling real estate requires shrewd understanding of the market and competing forces. Such skills were honed through her academic experience, understanding legal contracts, business negotiations, market competition, etcetera. But from Christina’s perspective, real estate is fundamentally about the people, rather than just buying and selling. When she is contracted, her obligation to her client is paramount, and she will represent them as assertively as is necessary. Christina states, “You learn quickly that in a big city, as well as a smaller community, a great agent must be thorough and aggressive, so that the client can know that their interests are being managed effectively, and it allows them to relax and focus on the big picture.”
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