Top 8 New Home Trends - How Today's New Home is Changing Most
Top Changes in Today's New Homes
Today's budget-conscious homes are designed to save energy and space
New home buyers and builders have been asked, across the nation, what they want to see built. Here's what Raleigh new home builders are changing, to meet the needs of today's home buyer.
Energy efficient homes are a top focus, as energy costs continue to rise.
Homebuyers are adding more into building budgets in exchange for substantially lower monthly energy costs.
When homebuyers evaluate new home builders in NC, they're looking for cutting edge technology like Bayer's MaterialScience High Performance Residential Program (which provides a written guarantee of significant savings on heating and cooling costs) and ENERGY STAR programs that offer long-term lower energy costs.
2. Smaller, Better Designed Homes - Raleigh New Home Trends
Many NC new home builders are building better designed smaller homes - 1600 to 2500 sq ft, in place of the recently popular 2500 to 3500 sq ft homes.
Smaller homes are more cost effective to build, reduce monthly housing costs, require less heating and cooling, and reflect an overall trend towards a floor plan that really works, without unnecessary rooms.
3. Great Room Concept - Raleigh New Home Trends
Today's home buyers are more attracted to floor plans with open layouts, which provide more usable space in the areas where people gather.
"Great Room" concept homes are more popular than traditional formal living room/formal dining room plans. Great Rooms usually combine the main living space with the kitchen, while eliminating oversized hallways and excess walls.
4. Lower Ceilings/Fewer Vaults | Raleigh New Home Trends
While 9 foot ceilings remain very popular for first floor areas, there is a lower demand for vaulted or two story ceilings.
Floor plans with two story ceilings in the Family Room are being converted into extra living space, as Raleigh new home builders fill that empty height with a Game Room, Media Room, or Bonus Room on the second floor - without a huge price tag difference.
Two story foyers remain more popular than two story family rooms, but some homes have eliminated all two story areas.
5. Fewer Expensive Options | Raleigh New Home Builders
Homebuyers and home builders are opting out of many of the expensive options they were more likely to choose a couple of years ago, as they concentrate on better value and lower mortgage payments.
Today's homebuyers are more likely to plan ahead for weekend projects in order to keep the overall price tag of their new home down. Common projects include choosing to add landscaping, decks, and additional paint colors later, and opting out of that luxurious double-sided fireplace and wet bar in the master suite.
6. Fewer Formal Dining Rooms | Raleigh New Home Builders
Today's informal eat-on-the-go mentality has contributed to the popularity of eating areas off the kitchen, instead of a separate, formal area.
More former formal dining rooms are being converted to home offices - and if an NC custom home builder knows that's the intention in advance, there are some special adaptations they can build in that make the switch easier.
7. More Elaborate Kitchens | Raleigh New Home Trends
The kitchen has become a central point of the home. In partnership with the elimination of formal dining rooms, kitchens often offer easier places to sit and eat or hang out.
Large islands and seating areas are popular. Countertop space, flow-through capabilities and energy-efficient appliances are a big part of the demand.
Homeowners are looking for good value, rather than the most expensive countertops and flashy options.
But many homeowners are also opting for top-of-the-line equipment, with plans for more meals at home.
8. Three Car Garages | Raleigh New Home Trends
Homebuilders are seeing more requests for new homes with 3 car garages, where the budget allows.
Three car garages are in demand to allow for small workshops, storage, or parking space for a Mother-in-Law or grown child who has moved back home. Even larger garages can be planned cost effectively. For example tandem garages, where one car parks behind another, are gaining in popularity. That extra area is also perfect for a workshop.
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