Design trends in the new construction home market have been evolving over the last few years but some trends remain steadfast, such as the demand for open living spaces which is expected to grow into the foreseeable future. But one of the most significant changes in new home design is that homes are actually getting smaller according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. New single family homes are expected to be about 10 percent smaller in size with the average size to be approximately 2,152 square feet. The reason for this dramatic change is that new home buyers are focusing on their finances and want lower heating and cooling costs. The baby boomer generation no longer requires huge amounts of space. Below, we take a look at what’s trending in homes so far this year.
WIDE, OPEN SPACES: Due to the trend toward open spaces, separate living and dining rooms are becoming obsolete along with mud rooms and third bathrooms. The kitchen and living areas will become one open great room with plenty of space for sitting and eating.
YOU ARE WHERE YOU EAT: The current kitchen style for 2015 combines contemporary with tradition details for a warmer, cozy feeling. Also, darker cabinets and quartz counter tops have become increasingly popular while glass back splashes are the latest craze. Satin nickel and polished chrome pull-out faucets are also the new hot trend. Handle-less faucets are the new rage using motion sensors. Recessed lighting, double sinks and plenty of room to eat are more top trends for this year according to the NAHB survey.
ITS ALL IN THE DETAILS: Trends in color and materials are forever changing and new home buyers are choosing textured surfaces with a more natural organic feel instead of high-gloss, shiny smooth surfaces of the past.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Another trend for 2015 is the growth in outdoor living. New home buyers want their outdoor living spaces to be an extension of their home. Building products that provide a seamless transition between indoors and out are in vogue in addition to freestanding fireplaces and fire pits.
GOING GREEN: All that said, the trend toward energy efficient appliances, windows and building products is expected to reach an all-time high as savvy new home buyers are environmentally conscious and want to save money over the long term.