According to recent surveys, home buyers today are looking for well-designed, environmentally friendly, energy efficient homes with open floor plans. They want smaller homes (McMansions are out of favor) and tech savvy homes with outdoor living spaces.
A home is not only your castle; it is also your own personal eco system. Buyers today want to live in an environment that is beautiful, safe and healthy. A clean, esthetic look is one of the top trends in new home design. Buyers want luxury flooring and larger tiles that use less grout, which is hard to clean and can become breeding grounds for mold and mildew. They also want lower pile rugs. Shags are out. Patterned carpets which contrast nicely with neutral colored walls are also popular.
Other trends include fabrics that don’t hold dust, Quartz stone countertops that are lower maintenance than granite and have antibacterial properties and great durability, mudrooms with benches where people can kick off their shoes and boots to prevent dirt from entering the home, and under-mounted sinks, which keep things cleaner by not trapping bacteria around the edge of the sink. Large, deep sinks are also popular. Other features buyers say they want include:
- walk-in closets
- smart storage options,
- master bathrooms
- hardwood floors (not laminate)
- kitchen islands
- energy efficient fixtures and appliances and heating and air conditioning systems
A typical new home today is 30 percent more energy efficient than one built just five years ago. Home buyers never had it so good!