As people enter the real estate market for the first time, settle into their careers and home life, or retire to a smaller home, their housing needs change. In 2018 and beyond, there will be more pressure on home builders to create beautiful and flexible designs to match the homeowners’ vision. Here are some of the building trends you’ll see in the near future.
Wide Open Spaces
Something that continues to be a significant trend is the use of open living space. Kitchens that face the dining area or family room, fewer hallways, and flexible, mixed-use rooms (think guest bedrooms combined with a home office or children’s play area) are essential for today’s families.
Usually facing the back or side yard, sunrooms are back in style. A cozy room to have a cup of coffee or read a book in, sunrooms are a great way to escape the world for a while. Add a comfy chair, a footstool, and a good reading lamp, and you’re all set.
Kitchens have always been the social center of the home, but now they are more of a hub than ever. Family and friends want to hang out while the homeowner is cooking, so be sure to have a center island to gather around and add a few stools for seating. Keep the kitchen open to the family room to allow the space to feel less cramped. Don’t be afraid to give the kitchen area as much room as possible since this is where the party will end up anyway.
Be Uniquely You
Gone are the days of cookie-cutter houses that all look the same. Today, you can use your personality to create a home that is indeed yours. Work with a builder who will customize their design to suit all of your needs. Take the time to determine what you want your home to look like. Draw the layout on paper – how many bedrooms do you want, how large of a family room, how many bathrooms, etc. Do you want a fireplace? Where should the laundry room be? Many new homes in 2018 will be one-of-a-kind.
Outdoor Living Space
Yards and outdoor living space is fast becoming as important as indoor space. Going beyond a few chairs and a fire pit, many homeowners, now want a place to spend quality time with family and host parties with friends. When building a new home, landscape architects can create large and small spaces for a variety of activities that blend perfectly with the structure. Many consider adding a full bar or kitchen to the patio. Even if it is something, you decide you’ll add at a later date, having the design right away will help you when you begin working on your dream yard.
If you are thinking of building your dream home in 2018, staying aware of trends for new home construction projects is essential. Start by doing some research, write down what you want and need, and find a builder you trust. When you have the right team, you’ll have the home you’ve always wanted.