From time to time things change. When it comes to what’s popular and what’s not popular in home designs, trends come and go. The challenge when building your dream home plan is that mistakes made now could mean devaluation later when you decide to sell. The Plan Collection (www.theplancollection.com) has seen many popular home plan designs over the years. Today open spaces are favored, while narrow halls and separate rooms out "out."
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducted one survey that encouraged home buyers to discuss and rate the characteristics for the communities in which they wish to live. Many home buyers explicitly said they did not want to live in a gated community, a golf course community, infill, mixed use and high density. Another NAHB study “What do most buyers not want?” showed these key results:
-- 70 percent would be unlikely to buy a home with an elevator.
-- High density communities or golf courses are out.
-- Many people reported that they only a shower stall in the master bath; no bathtub.
Narrow hallways are out. Today we are seeing more retiring baby boomers, so one of the big trends in floor plans is making sure hallways are wider than homes of the past, and that there are more open spaces so that traffic patterns flow, as opposed to narrow hallways and closed off rooms with doors.
The formal living room is dead. Homebuyers prefer a great room, combining the kitchen, family room and living room into one large open space at the center of the home for family activities and entertaining alike. Two story family rooms are also out. Open floor plans rule the new home market.
Formal entertaining spaces are out. Casual living and entertainment spaces are in.
Specialty rooms are passe. And so are separate media rooms. Sunrooms, wine cellars are also on the out list as they never added value. Sunrooms were usually valued as an enclosed porch lacking air conditioning and heat.
On the other hand, this Home Plan #176-1012 (Left) features a large, open space great room with vaulted ceilings, and an open yet efficient kitchen with a work island and an eating bar.
Interior Design Features
Multiple-head showers and whirlpool bathtubs. These features in the master bedroom suite are also out – while contemporary styles that make a design statement or stand-alone tubs are in.
Wood paneling is a no-no. Big during the 1970s when it was installed on walls for a cozy, warm but today most people consider hard to deal with. The same thing goes for mirrors everywhere. Although mirrors do make a room look larger, today they are hard to care for and considered tacky.
Popcorn ceilings are out. Smooth ceilings are favored instead.
Wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the home is out. Carpet is giving way to hardwood and tile flooring. It seems most people believe wood or tile is healthier.
Brass fixtures are no longer in style. Chrome and stainless steel rule.