Over the years it has been interesting to see how home trends have changed. I live on the outskirts of a large city and when we first moved into the area there were many new subdivisions being built. And you know how fun it is to walk through the model homes and see the newest craze in home design from floor plan layouts, exterior finishes, and of course decorating styles. Even though I still love contemporary home plans, it is still fun to walk through these homes with friends and neighbors that are thinking about building to see how things have changed over the years.
One thing for sure is that the economy has driven many homeowners to simplify and make the most of every nook and cranny that is available. You don’t see the soaring ceilings, the grand foyers or the two-story galleries overlooking great rooms. Although they are beautiful, many of the new home plans today are all about energy efficiency and these design features just don’t cut it. Homeowners want function not flash.
Kitchens and baths are still the main rooms that sell the home. They used to be expansive rooms with the kitchen being so beautiful and large you couldn’t imagine using it to cook in and the baths were so immense they could be used as a second bedroom. No longer is this the case. The kitchens are still as beautiful but are much more compact and functional. They are multi-use rooms and have many built-ins including seating, storage, and of course plenty of gadgets and electronic controls that will move us in to the future. The baths are still luxurious but the days of huge oversized tubs that take so much water to fill are being replaced with smaller more energy efficient models. The amenities are close to the same but the overall square foot has been cut in half.
Location. Location. Location. This is the trend that has changed immensely over the years. Today’s homeowners want convenience. They want to be able to live in a neighborhood that is close to all family activities including work, school, church, shops, restaurants, and parks. Many families are spending more time at home and want to be in a community that offers all the amenities for active families. They are willing to pay more for a smaller home with great curb appeal.
Buying low and selling high – otherwise known as a house flip is slowing down quite a bit. There are TV shows that show how many people do this but homebuyers are not as keen on the concept as in the past. Most people today take the time to handpick the home with the perfect floor plan and address and plan to remain there for many years. The need to create roots in a community and have the safety to know that the moving boxes can be unpacked for good is definitely outpacing the get rich quick theme.
As you can see many trends in homes are shifting to the true meaning of home. A home should be where you feel safe and secure. It is where a family can relax and enjoy each other so no matter what style you prefer, either two-story Victorian home designs or quaint country cottage plans, it is important to remember that when choosing the perfect home it fits your needs today as well as in the future.
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