4 Housing Design Trends to Look Out For in 2018Posted 01/22/2018
With new home sales rising at record-breaking pace and builder confidence remaining high, we can look back on 2017 with a smile, knowing that the passing year has positioned the housing market for even greater things in 2018.
So, as we settle into the New Year, we thought we’d share some of the hottest home design trends that experts believe will shape the industry in 2018. Here’s a closer look at a few:
Multigenerational living has been on the rise for quite some time and homebuilders are continuing to respond to this segment of homebuyers. We can expect to see more floor plans that offer generation suites, which can provide extra space for grandparents, in-laws or other family members for short and long stays. These rooms not only offer privacy, but can be outfitted to include a kitchenette, living area, separate bathrooms and an outdoor space.
Wider Doorways and Hallways
Baby boomers account for 20 percent of the U.S. population and have long been a major influence on the housing market. As they continue to age, many are increasingly seeking homes that offer easy accessibility and promote barrier-free mobility. Homebuilders are accommodating these needs by creating floor plans with wider hallways and doorways, allowing the traffic within the home to flow seamlessly from one room to the next. Other features to look out for include convenient placement of controls and switches, lower countertops, single-floor layouts and step-free entries.
Technology is paving the way for newer and better ways to save energy and offer convenience. One of the biggest trends to take flight this year is automatic controls, which include smart lighting. For instance, Maracay Homes recently debuted its HomeSmart feature, which allows homeowners to save energy at home via their smart phone or tablet. Homeowners not only can adjust their home lighting with the touch of a button from anywhere in the world, but also regulate other home controls like temperature and security functions.
Tankless Water Heaters
As more homebuyers continue to look for ways to save on energy costs, the demand for tankless water heaters will continue to soar. Some homebuilders, like Maracay Homes, have already included these tankless water heaters in many of the homes they build, not only saving the homebuyer money and space, but also offering another level of convenience and environmental sensitivity.
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