Recent research shows that walk-in master bedroom closets, low-emissivity (low-e) windows and laundry rooms are the mostly likely features in new homes this year, based on a survey of single-family home builders.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) asked builders about energy-efficient features that will most likely be in new homes in the coming year. At the top of the list was energy-efficient lighting, programmable thermostats and ENERGY STAR appliances. Energy-efficient or eco-friendly features not likely to be included in new homes, however, are cork flooring in main-level living areas, geothermal heat pumps and solar water heating and cooling.
The size and scale of new homes is trending smaller according to the builders surveyed. Home buyers desire smaller homes, not only in overall square footage, but also the number of rooms such as bedrooms and bathrooms. While home buyer preferences are trending smaller, open design concepts such as great rooms and nine-plus-foot ceilings on the first floor remain desirable.
When it comes to new home configuration trends, designers are including flexible spaces that increase functionality to laundry rooms. Hardwood flooring and wood finishes are included to add warmth and character both inside and outside the home. Another popular design feature trending in new homes is creating outdoor spaces that seamlessly integrate with indoor living.
There are many other benefits of owning a new home that might be less obvious but are often found to be just as valuable. Home owners gain a strong sense of community by creating lasting friendships with neighbors. Some new home developments even host block parties to help neighbors get to know each other. Owning a new home also means having a clean slate to create a space that is all your own.