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Whether you’re in the process of building a new home or have just begun thinking about building a custom home, you’re probably dreaming up ideas and visions for your future palace. To help get those ideas flowing, we’re highlighting some hot new trends that homebuilders are incorporating into their plans.
A Return to Traditional
Returning to refined elegance, homebuilders are creating exteriors that mirror the classical European style. That means brick and stone are replacing vinyl and stucco and columns are a popular request.
No More Open Kitchens
Though it’s been the norm in American homes for decades now, homebuilders are beginning to move away from open kitchen and living room floor plans and creating more utilitarian cooking spaces many chefs would drool over. Homeowners are choosing to build homes with more kitchen workspace, incorporating oversized islands to serve as additional workspace, extra storage, spots for cooks to spread out and prepare a complicated meal, etc. This type of kitchen is especially popular for those who like to entertain large groups while keeping the messy work behind-the-scenes.
These days people expect more from their bathrooms than just a place to wash. They want a spa experience in their own home. Many floor plans call for large spa bathtubs in addition to a separate shower with its own set of special features like multiple water-delivery devices and body-massaging showerheads.
Dining Room? Definitely! Living Room? Maybe.
Going along with the theme of creating a home perfect for entertaining, formal dining rooms are becoming more common. While traditional dining rooms that are a throwback to the mid 20th century are more often in the plans, living rooms are on the decline. In moderately priced homes, the modern concept of a living room has transformed into a study or getaway space off the foyer. While living rooms are typically the place for gathering and TV watching, many homebuilders are creating rooms or areas specifically for the purpose of entertainment, like home movie theaters or game rooms.
Utilizing Every Inch
Taking a cue again from the Europeans, homebuilders are finding smart ways to make use of small spaces. Practical ideas throughout the home include creating intimate pocket spaces from nooks and alcoves, or transforming them into storage spaces.
Bringing the Inside Out
Outdoor rooms are replacing the traditional backyard. Homeowners want outdoor spaces where they can cook, entertain or pass the time in nature when the weather is right. Situating the outdoor kitchen and dining area close to the indoor kitchen, make for convenient outdoor gatherings, and also helps homeowners feel connected to nature when inside.
These are just a few of the latest trends when building and designing a new home. If you want to share your own cool custom homebuilding ideas, feel free to do so here!
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