Trends in Custom Built Homes and Remodels
Consumers want newly built residences to have plenty of "green" technology — but old standbys such as walk-in closets are even more important, a recent survey of developers shows.
"A good walk-in closet or laundry room might not be sexy, but they do make a household run better — and what's the point of moving to a [newly built] home if it's not going to make your life easier?" says Stephen Melman of the National Association of Home Builders, which conducted the study. Homeowners desire state-of-the-art bright laundry rooms with skylights, built-in ironing boards, dog washing stations, and cubbies that allow for family organization. Large customized walk in closets in the master bedroom also rank high on the wish list.
Today’s trends also include extra storage in the kitchen to minimize clutter. The customized kitchens have a super pantry with open storage for secondary appliances, including a microwave or steamer and a gift wrapping/craft station. Customized kitchens might also include multiple prep spaces.
People are looking for homes that make their lives easier and more efficient. Homeowners today strive for green homes that take up less of a carbon footprint and lower their energy bills. The new standards include Low–e windows, programmable thermostats, Energy Star- approved windows and appliances.
The formal living and dining spaces are continuing to give way to large bright great rooms that open up to the kitchen while allowing for a work station for the computer, TV watching, reading, and family togetherness. Homeowners prefer higher 9 foot ceilings on the main level to create a light and open feeling but strive for a cozier atmosphere with standard 8 foot ceilings on the upper floors.
What features are at the top of your list for your next home or remodeling project?