What’s New in New Home Design?
Our homes reflect our lifestyle. New home builders constantly introduce new designs and features to increase the convenience of our homes, to help us save time and organize our family life better, and to add to our enjoyment.
When you are buying a brand new home, talk with your builder about the possibilities—what do they offer, what can be added to your chosen home plan, and what are the extra costs? Here is a quick overview of some of the latest design features that today’s new home buyers are choosing for their homes.
- Convertible space. Rooms or areas that can do double-duty, or serve a number of purposes over time, are becoming more important as home buyers look to get more living space in smaller homes.
- Storage, and lots of it. Organization is key in today’s busy households—everything in its place and a place for everything.
- Larger kitchens. Still a focal point in many homes, new features are continuously added to the kitchen—multiple ovens, a second sink to accommodate two cooks, a pot filler faucet over the stove to eliminate carrying heavy pots of water from sink to stove. Self-closing drawers, roll-outs and pulls-outs (i.e. everything on gliders) add extra convenience.
- Luxury and practicality in the bathroom. Towel warmers in the bathroom add a nice touch of personal comfort. Well-appointed separate shower stalls are getting more spacious as bathtubs may be shrinking. A refrigerated compartment in the medicine cabinets keeps medicines and organic cosmetics fresh.
- Bedroom closet systems with built-in jewelry boxes.
- A basement safe embedded in the concrete foundation.
- Finished garages. Increasingly, garages serve multiple purposes (e.g. storage, hobbies, children’s activities), and are heated and drywalled, with slot walls for easy, flexible organization and storage.
- Dedicated mudrooms. Particularly appealing to younger families with children, the latest designs in mudrooms offer cubbyholes, open lockers, hooks and pull-outs for each family member for outside wear, backpacks, boots, etc. A small rinsing station makes it easy to clean dirty footwear or pet paws. A built-in bulletin board helps keep the family organized.
- Larger laundry rooms. Built as a separate room when space allows, the laundry room includes lots of hanging room for clothes, pull-down racks, shelving and so on.
- Pet station, in the mudroom or elsewhere, for bathing and grooming household animals.
- Wiring. More new home buyers are wiring their homes for sound. More are also installing structured wiring and intelligent controls to accommodate off-site control of lighting, alarms and other systems in the house.
Come home to your future. Add value to your lifestyle and your home. There is a lot to choose from, and a lot to enjoy. Explore your options and get advice from a professional new home builder.
Contact your local Home Builders’ Association for the names of professional new home builders in your area or use the search module to the right to find a member.