Construction of new homes has recently hit a new wave of growth. So what do these new homes look like?
Here are some design trends you can expect to see for homes built in 2015:
Open floor plans are still in
Home owners still prefer open floor plans, and we’ll continue to see new homes with rooms that flow into one another. The kitchen, living room, and dining room of most homes form one spacious great room, and we’re seeing fewer mud rooms.
Smaller, more efficient homes
Home owners are getting more savvy about energy use, for the sake of environment as well as their own finances. We’re seeing a push for more energy efficient building materials, windows, and appliances.
However, the desire for more efficiency conflicts with the desire for open floor plans, which tend to be less efficient to heat and cool. It seems that the compromise is to keep the open spaces, but make them a bit smaller.
According to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders, newly constructed homes average 2,152 square feet—that’s 10% smaller than before.
Contemporary but comfortable kitchens
Trends in kitchen designs fuse modern designs with cozy, traditional details. There’s also a push for practicality (after all, it is the kitchen!).
Here are some of the top trends for kitchens:
- Dark cabinetry
- Quartz countertops
- Glass back splashes
- Recessed lighting
- Pull-out faucets (typically in polished chrome or satin nickel)
- Touch-free, motion-sensor faucets
- Double sinks
When it comes to walls, home designers are abandoning shiny, high-gloss surfaces and instead going for textures with a more natural feel. We’re also seeing a trend towards outdoor spaces that feel like an extension of the home’s interior, and more outdoor fireplaces.
What would your dream home include?