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New homes in 2015 will be smaller and greener, study says

new homes 2015What will new homes look like in 2015? According to a recent study by the The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the houses that will be built in the coming year are likely to be slightly smaller, more eco-friendly, and still plenty comfortable.

The NAHB gave a survey to architects, home designers and other experts to get their perspective for what people will be looking for in new home construction. Here’s what they found:

1. New homes will be smaller

People are requesting smaller and more efficient floorplans, according to the experts surveyed. Today the average floorplan for a single-family house is 2,400 square feet; the estimated average square footage for this coming year will be 2,150.

2. New homes will be more energy efficient

Smaller homes fit into another general trend of homes designed to be greener. Homes with smaller floorplans are generally more efficient to heat and cool. We’ll also be seeing other green features, such as energy efficient windows, plumbing and appliances that conserve water, and more efficient lighting options.

3. New dining and living layouts

2015 will see fewer homes with dedicated dining rooms. Instead, we’ll see more eat-in kitchens, as well as a trend toward “Great Rooms” which merge the living room, family room, and dining room all into one space.

4. A few added luxuries

There will be a few “extras” common to new homes in 2015:

  • more walk-in closets for master suites
  • more spacious laundry rooms
  • an increase in two-car garages
  • more porches.

Are you planning to build a home in 2015? Will you be including these features?

If you’re looking for the perfect place to build your home, check out land listings in Greenville.

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