Home builder trends in 2018
Certain trends stick around for what seems like forever, while others only last for a year or two, or sometimes even less. Homeowners can easily get discouraged when they see new trends pop up in the industry, because then they need to make the decision as to whether or not they should incorporate that trend into their home.
There are times when a new trend can instantly improve the layout or function of a home, while other times there are no significant changes other than style. The latter isn’t always enough to make every homeowner do renovations to include a current trend, but the former will get a person moving quickly!
Here are 6 of the top home builder trends:
- Increased Technology
This home builder trend is not going to be going away any time soon, if ever! Everyone loves how technology helps them streamline their life, and every year brings even more technology to a home. Currently, homeowners can choose to have numerous devices and apps that will allow them to turn on their sprinklers, open and close their blinds, and change the temperature on their thermostat when they are away from home. Ovens can be turned on from the office, and a camera in a refrigerator can show a homeowner what is in their fridge when they are at the store.
- Open Floor Plan
Open floor plans have been around for years now, but homeowners’ love for them is changing how every home builder constructs their homes. While modern homes have seen open floor plans for years, traditional homes were still being built with tiny rooms and numerous hallways. Nowadays, home builders are choosing to construct their traditional homes with open floor plans to meet the needs and wants of the homeowners that they are trying to lure into a contract.
- Wider Doors and Hallways
Many homeowners are choosing to stay in their homes as they get older, which means that they want and need to be able to maneuver around it using a wheelchair, walker, or other device. Unfortunately, with older homes this is not possible due to the smaller doors and hallways, which means that renovations always need to be completed. The trend to have wider doors and hallways in newer homes are a lucrative choice for both older and younger generations, because neither group will need to worry about doing renovations before it is too late. Instead, they know that they are prepared for any potential scenario, even if it is just an accident that puts them in a wheelchair for a few weeks.
- Tankless Hot Water Heaters
For years, home builders had two choices when it came to hot water heaters and they were gas or electric. Pretty basic and straightforward amongst all the major decisions that need to be made during the construction of a home. However, nowadays, home builders are conscious of how homeowners want to save money on their energy bills while also being eco-friendly. That means that more home builders are installing tankless hot water heaters in the homes that they are building. These tankless hot water heaters offer a continuous supply of hot water, but the water is only heated when it is needed. They are also much smaller, which means that homeowners will have more usable space in their home.
- Roof Decks
Roof decks have become popular on apartment buildings over the years, but homes that have extraordinary views (and even those that don’t) can benefit from one. These decks can be constructed in addition to one in the yard, so that homeowners can have two spaces to sit and relax at the end of the day. Of course, a roof deck is a wonderful option for homes that do not have a lot of yard space, because it may be the only way that the homeowner can have a deck or patio. Roof decks can incorporate everything that a regular deck has including furniture, flowers, lighting, and more.
- Hidden Appliances
Appliances have changed over the years with olive green and beige being one of the first trends followed by white, stainless steel, and black. Nowadays though, homeowners are tired of looking at their appliances or changing them out every time a new trend starts up. Therefore, home builders are beginning to add panels to hide even the most attractive appliance. These panels match the existing cabinets and give the space a streamlined look. These panels are not just popular in newer homes either, because homeowners of older homes are including the panels into their home renovations.
These top home builder trends aren’t going away any time soon, which is actually a good thing, because they are all excellent options. No homeowner or home builder will regret incorporating these ideas into their homes, because it will improve the lifestyle of whoever is living there.