From smart home technology to open floor plan living, the 2016 home is adapting to on-the-go families and Millennials.
Top trends in American housing for 2016 include smaller, smarter and more tech-savvy homes that appeal to on-the-go families and younger home buyers, according to The Plan Collection, a leading online provider of ready-to-use home construction plans.
According to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), expect 2016’s homes to be about 10 percent smaller. The average size of a new, single-family home is around 2,152 square feet, which is 10 percent smaller than it was in 2010. The benefits to a smaller house plan include lower heating and cooling bills, and also cost less to furnish and decorate.
Trends in home design forecasted for 2016 by TPC include:
1. Smartphones Make Smart Homes Affordable – Consumers are turning to easy-to-use apps on their smartphones to manage network-enabled lights, thermostats, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and even video surveillance. Think Google’s Nest, iPhone and Android technology, and the “Internet of Things.” These apps and smart devices make daily chores less time-consuming while also helping homeowners to “go green” by reducing energy consumption.
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