Are you in the process of custom designing your new home? Don’t know where to start? Or do you have a general idea about the exterior but no idea about the interior? WIth all the choices, and with all the future possibilities for your lifestyle, deciding on what features your home should have can be very frustrating.
Here are some popular ideas for floor plans that will remain popular for the next few years. We hope these will get those creative juices flowing!
According to a recent National Association of Home Builders survey, the average new home size is staying flat at around 2,600 sq. feet. Square footage is projected to fall as builders appeal to more entry-level buyers.
Stone and brick
For exteriors, new home builders prefer brick or stone exteriors. Of course, this depends on the style of home you choose, but it’s safe to say that new home builders want something that’s low-maintenance and tough. There are also the environmental factors – These type of exteriors improve energy efficiency.
Kitchen Central Islands
The kitchen has emerged as the primary gathering spot for families. No longer just for cooking, the kitchen is a place for eating, doing homework, and spending time with family members, so kitchen design is starting to reflect that.
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For the kitchen itself, home builders are looking for large eat-in kitchens with a central island. These islands are meant to be more than just extra workspace. They often have room for seating, additional sinks, and deep storage.
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Walk-in pantries are also popular requests. This reflects the constant search for extra storage while having less visible clutter on countertops.
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Open Floor Plans
The trend for big kitchens connects with the continuing popularity of open floor plans where the kitchen leads into the dining room and living room. Entertaining styles have changed, and hosts don’t want to be segregated from their guests and the action as they prepare food.
Often, these open floor plans lead into a great room, and these first floor gathering spaces often have high ceilings of at least 9 feet.
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Separate Laundry Rooms
One of the biggest trends in house plans is the separate laundry room, with space for full-sized appliances, folding table, ironing board, and often a sink for handwashing. Homeowners prefer to prevent the clutter and unsightly mess that results from having to fold clothes in different parts of the house.
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Home Office Space
As it’s become more popular to work remotely, at least on occasion, many home plans feature a home office space. Another way to look at it is to see this as a craft room or workshop, where people have space to pursue hobbies that they love in comfort.
Large garages with much more storage space also reflect the need for storing items that aren’t used very often. These garages are often multi-purpose and can be used as workshop space.
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Large Walk-in Closets
For the master bedroom, walk-in closets remain a popular design feature. More storage!
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In the master bathroom, people keep requesting both a large, luxurious walk-in shower and a separate soaking tub. As accessibility becomes an issue, many people are also looking for a main bath on the ground floor.
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Still not sure what you’re looking for? Or do you want something that’s not included on this list, but you don’t know how to express that? Our design team at Elite Design Group can help. With over ten years of experience, we’ve seen trends come and go, and we can guide you to choose the best house plan features for your lifestyle. Contact us today for a consultation.