In recent years, connecting indoor/outdoor living (larger windows, sliding glass doors, outdoor kitchens, etc.) hit new highs in residential renovation trends. And now many new-builds’ designs include purposeful rooms that are setting new standards for residential construction architecture.
This year, New Home Trends Institute (NHTI) researched mindset shifts in home design. Here are 4:
Accessory dwelling units are a residential design trend that offers huge value. Boomerang kids and aging parents can be housed in fully functional modular homes. In crowded urban areas, they can be used for affordable, single-user rentals.
2. Behind-the-Scenes Storage
Spaciousness in home architecture has always symbolized luxury. But today, many homebuyers see all that walking-around room as wasted space.
Back-kitchens can serve the same purpose as butlers’ pantries. These areas can hide a food-prep station, counter-hogging appliances like toasters and blenders, and free kitchen space to be more minimalist and eye-pleasing. If the pantry or back-kitchen connects the area between the kitchen and garage, it’s added convenience.
3. Home Health and Fitness
From relaxing spas to take-no-prisoner workout rooms, today’s homebuyers seek whole-health wellness options that nurture mind, body, and spirit. Flex rooms are just that: rooms that can fulfill a variety of activities. A home office can also serve as a “Zoom room” for medical teleconferences and convert to a family yoga space in the evenings.
4. Technology Spaces
To accommodate increased working at home and home schooling, many convert a bedroom into a home office or invest in a renovation. New-home construction architecture professionals now include tech spaces that are customized to be functional and attractive. They can be small alcoves and nooks or designated square footage rooms with lighting and electrical options to serve our technology needs.
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