A leader in home building research and development shares what buyers will be seeking this year. The design of the home is equally as important as location–and it’s even more important than the price of the home, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Want to give buyers better value with better design? Let’s take a look at some of the design trends that will be hot in 2016.
Better scale and function. Excess is out: Small is the new big. Micro homes are calling attention to how we can better maximize space. Buyers are looking at function versus size. The takeaway: Builders need to deliver better function and versatility to attract buyers.
Width sells. Wider, smaller lots are in. For example, on a 70 by 70-foot lot, we can get a master bedroom suite downstairs, with private space connected to the master suite, kitchen, family room and second bedroom (possibly a multi-generational suite). Multiple garage configurations can be utilized, plus the option for a separate third-car garage, a casita, or a multi-generational suite. Other lifestyle enhancing designs have been configured on lot sizes such as 60 by 60 and 50 by 50. The takeaway: With 50 percent more architecture to the street, the home now looks bigger and has more curb appeal.
More outdoor space that’s private. The desire for this is growing. Buyers don’t want to see their neighbors when they are relaxing outside. Private courtyards that open up to two or three rooms in the home extend the living and entertaining space and accessibility as well as the utility. The takeaway: Fireplaces, couches, and TVs have moved outdoors to create outdoor living rooms.
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