Design trends and features are constantly rising and falling out of favor with the homebuyer. Not that
many years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that most new homes would no longer have a
formal dining room. Today’s buyers seek usability, flexibility, and functionality—spaces in which they
can entertain, raise their families, and relax. So what are the latest trends according to separate
surveys by the National Association of Homebuilders and Pulte Homes? Here are some of the
Huge closets. Ideally the master suite will have His and Hers (or more accurately HERS and his)
closets, but at a minimum, the master closet needs to be spacious.
Efficient laundry rooms. It’s been quite a few years that the laundry has been migrating to the top
floor, but they continue to evolve with built in ironing boards, folding areas, and cabinetry.
Energy Efficiency. The green building trend has faded in recent years as buyers declined to pay extra
for green features, but they still want to get bang for the buck in terms of the cost of running a home.
Fortunately new homes typically are much more energy efficient. For example, our Fall Parade homes
in Albertville and Blaine use only 44% and 42% as much energy as an average older home (according
to testing done in accordance with MN Green Path).
9’ ceilings on the main level. A Tollberg standard feature for many years, it’s become pretty standard
operating procedure for a majority of builders. It’s becoming more popular for basements and second
floors now too.
So these are features that today’s buyers are willing to pay for, that must mean other features are
fading away?? NAHB has identified a couple of these as well:
Two story great rooms. While they look amazing and let in lots of light, fewer buyers are willing to
pay for the unusable finished space that must also be heated and cooled.
Sunrooms. The sunroom was a fairly recent and possibly short lived phenomenon.
Additionally, more buyers today are adding unique features such as prayer rooms, safe rooms, and
mother in law suites. This reflects more multi generational living situations and the increased
diversity of our society. What do you think will be the trends in the coming years? Weigh in with your
thoughts in the comments sections.
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