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Top Features and Design Trends for 2021 in the Wake of COVID-19

NAHB Identifies Top Features and Design Trends for 2021 in the Wake of COVID-19

After declining for four years, a number of key trends — including the average size of the home and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms — reversed course in 2020 as a result of shifting buyer preferences in the wake of COVID-19. The average size home remained flat at 2,486 square feet, while the percentage of homes with four or more bedrooms and three or more bathrooms rose to 46% and 33%, respectively — rising closer to 2015 peaks.

“The primary reason is that COVID-19 has led a segment of home buyers to desire larger homes and to move out to the suburbs,” said Rose Quint, NAHB assistant vice president of survey research.

An increased number of rooms within the same footprint means home owners are becoming more creative in how they use the space within their homes, and using features such as windows to help make these spaces feel larger.

“The space works harder rather than larger,” said Donald Ruthroff, AIA, principal at Dahlin Group Architecture Planning. “Open spaces are better defined, and spaces are flexible.”

“New homes are gaining popularity as well, with 60% of buyers preferring new homes — the highest level since 2007”

Quint attributes this increased interest in new homes to three key factors.

“One is the absolute lack of existing home inventory,” said Quint. “Two is buyers are concerned about touring other people’s homes. And last but not least, new homes are more likely to be located where buyers want to live.” She noted that outlying suburbs are the most popular geographic location, driven by increased interest among minority home buyers.

NAHB also examined preferences among buyers to help builders determine what features are most likely to resonate in the market in 2021.

The top features desired include:

  • Laundry rooms
  • Exterior lighting
  • Ceiling fans
  • ENERGY STAR windows and appliances
  • Patios and front porches
  • Kitchen double sink
  • Walk-in pantries

 

Outdoor spaces such as patios and front porches allow home owners to utilize more space, Ruthroff added, with the connection between indoors and outdoors continuing to become more seamless. Builders at every value level should consider how to integrate such connections into their homes, and incorporate detailing that helps to dress up these spaces.

NAHB also asked recent and prospective home buyers how COVID-19 may have impacted their housing preferences. Although the majority (67%) did not feel the pandemic had an impact, a quarter did feel their preferences had changed because of COVID-19, with households that have at least one teleworker and one virtual student being the most likely to feel an impact. Such households are also the most likely to desire a larger home.

Additional information will be available soon in NAHB’s latest edition of What Home Buyers Really Want.

Additional resources can be found under “NAHB Identifies Top Features and Design Trends for 2021 in the Wake of COVID-19” by the National Association of Home Builders

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It’s a Double Hosting Open House Event!

Hosting Open House Event In Hunters Creek and Cottage Pointe

It’s a double hosting open house weekend! Don’t miss your opportunity to live in luxury.

We will be hosting open house s in both communities November 17, 2019 from 1 to 4 PM.

See our open house calendar for full details!

Open Houses Calendar

Both of these condominium neighborhoods offer unique styling options:

 

Hunters Creek Condominiums are attached duplex condos. Many with walk-out lower levels available. This community offers a zero exterior maintenance lifestyle.

 

Cottage Pointe Condominiums are site condominiums. Site condominiums offer all the privacy of an individual house with the low maintenance of a condominium. They really are the best of both worlds!

 

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Condo Open House Weekend!

It’s A Condo Open House Weekend!

Visit Our Open House Page for more info!

Find the perfect place to call home in one of our condominium neighborhoods! Hunters Creek Condominiums features duplex style luxury living in a no exterior maintenance lifestyle, in Kalamazoo, MI. Cottage Pointe condominiums features free-standing condominiums with a low exterior maintenance lifestyle, in Richland, MI.

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What You Really Want In A New House

Popular Features

Exterior

Board and Batten exteriors are a very popular “new house” trend. It is frequently paired with a more standard looking horizontal vinyl siding. The mix provides a contemporary/cottage or farmhouse feel.

Patios & Decks have always been popular. Now they appear to be a new homeowner “must have!” With the majority of our “devices” being mobile, we’re spending more time with them, outside… Patios and decks are the perfect place to catch up on emails, text friends, relax with an e-book or even entertain.

Kitchens that include the out of doors. Having a kitchen/dining room with a view is great. Having a kitchen/dining room with access to the patio or deck is better. Much better! It is one of the most requested design elements of 2019.

Interior

So what’s popular on the inside of today’s new house?

Open concept floor plans are preferred to their more traditional, sectioned out counterparts.

Finishes

Color in cabinets. White cabinetry is still the favorite of our clients. Recently, we’ve seen color incorporated into kitchens and baths with painted cabinets. Some folks select painted cabinets for an entire room. Others have opted for one cabinet (typically an island in the kitchen) to anchor and accent the room with color.

Stainless is still on top. Stainless steel is still the most requested finish for appliances.

Counter tops in quartz. Manufactured quartz countertops have become all the rage. Quartz is a great alternative to granite. It’s very durable and allows for endless color selections. We are also still seeing a lot of granite installed in our new house s.

Brass is back! We’ve seen a recent uptick in the selection of brass fixtures over the previously trending “silver and/or nickle” tones.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring  or “LVP.” This is an excellent option for areas of the home that would do well with water resistance. It is frequently selected for the kitchen and bathrooms. That being said, it has been well used as the flooring option throughout the entire house. It comes in a variety of widths, colors and finishes.

The “smart-house” effect.smart tech in a new houseThe rise of the smart house is not exactly new. It’s just that now it’s become the norm. People want their homes to be as connected and convenient as their devices. It’s no longer enough to have a programmable thermostat, it must also be capable of learning your personal routine, in order to better serve your needs. The refrigerator can now send you a note when you’re out of milk. The oven turns itself on and off; and everyone of them is in contact with your virtual assistant!

All that really matters when building a new house is what YOU need to be happy. Give us a call today at 269-345-3859. We’ll be happy to help.

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