Economic hard times or not, new homes are still being built across the country and in our community. But housing industry and new-home style 'experts' have noted a change in how people are approaching those projects. The trend seems to be toward more conservative and value-oriented choices.
We've been paying attention to those trends. We are committed to be responsive to the needs of our homebuyers by being prepared to help make design selections or suggestions for their new home.
As you read this list, keep in mind that our clients' specific and unique wants and desires trump any trend. Consider the following as observations. They are not intended as mandates.
A few of the primary themes we've noticed include:
American and Energy-Efficient
People are looking for American made finishes and quality products that will last longer and reduce energy and resource use. Homeowners want to lessen ongoing maintenance and replacement costs.
Given that higher-quality and resource-efficient materials and products may cost more, consumers are gravitating toward "minimalist" design schemes and a conservative color palette accented with a few bright, bold accessories.
Technology and Storage
We like our technology! New homes are a great way to accommodate greater and more convenient access to it — namely, by providing an ample amount of wiring and cable (and multiple outlets) to plug in and recharge mobile gadgets.
Regardless of square footage, we see a call for greater storage capacity. Modular organizing systems for closets and garages expand the usable space of those areas. We've also investigated the need for an electronic "clutter closet" near the most-used entry door (sometimes from the garage) to hold — and perhaps recharge — a variety of electronic devices in a convenient, central location.
Grey is the new white … at least according to some style experts. Grey-stained wood and fabrics represents the "back to basics" trend of the new economy.
Outdoors, Home Office and Theaters
Though not as opulent or outfitted as they were a few years back, outdoor areas remain a popular way to extend usable living space.
Home offices continue to be in demand, accommodating in-home businesses or telecommuting trends.
One thing that seems to be on the decline: a home theater, at least as a dedicated room within a house.
Reports indicate that buyers of new homes and other consumer goods have altered their value systems toward more conservative, durable and space and resource-efficient products. We're keeping close tabs on those trends to meet our clients' needs.