Adapting our homes to meet needs throughout the pandemic has been essential. We had to become creative and transition our homes to now include offices, classrooms, and gyms. Not only has this transformation forced us to rethink how we live, but it has also reshaped the way we view our homes. Now with many companies staying remote, many families deciding to homeschool, and at-home workouts dominating the market, new home construction trends are beginning to emerge.
Functionality, comfortability, and efficiency will now be consumer’s first priority when selecting a home. With these behaviors and expectations top of mind, here’s Five New Home Construction Trends builders are incorporating into their building strategy:
1. Flex Spaces
There’s no doubt that open floor plans will continue to dominate in 2021 and beyond. Now more than ever, new construction homes will emphasize adding a multifunctional, extra area in your home called a “Flex Space” or “Den”. This extra space can be used as an office, classroom, gym, playroom – you name it! When adding flex spaces to every floor plan, there will be no more need to have an office in your bedroom or a gym in your living room.
2. Safety and Health
Having a safe and healthy home will continue to be a top priority as we recover from the pandemic. New construction homes recognize this and are now being built with more restorative materials, less toxic paints, better ventilation, and air filtering, and cleaner water systems. A few examples include:
- Antibacterial fans are being used to help prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria in bathrooms.
- Low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints are being used to help prevent air pollution.
- Advanced water filtration systems are being put in place so contaminants and pollutants can be removed before the tap’s water comes out.
3. Smart Features
To keep up with the fast rate of technological advancement, new construction homes must come fully equipped with included smart features. Smart features can range from smart locks to highly sophisticated intelligent air filtration systems. Further, advanced home control systems will soon overtake consumer-grade products sitting around the house as well. To put things in perspective, more and more homes will take virtual assistant services like Amazon’s Alexa a step further. This may include using voice commands more seriously and having them pre-wired throughout the home to allow daily tasks to be done easier.
Pursuing this further, smart thermostat technology will be incorporated in our next generation of homes. Smart thermostat technology will allow you to regulate the temperature in your home from any WiFi-enabled device. Not only will this give you more control over your home’s heating and cooling systems, but it will also help you maintain a stable and cost-effective temperature in your home.
At Maronda Homes, you can upgrade your home with various smart home features of your choice.
4. Energy Efficiency
Staying at home for extended periods means more electricity use and a higher utility bill. New construction builders plan to include energy efficiency features in homes built here on out to help cut back on energy usage for the environment and lower utility bills for you. Not only does energy-efficient features save you money, but it also creates a healthier living environment as it prevents pollutants.
For example, builders will start to integrate energy-efficient windows into every plan. Energy-efficient windows reduce energy consumption. They are built double insulated with air-tight sealing, keeping heat out while keeping cool in. This helps regulate air conditioning use and reduces energy costs.
Moving forward, expect to see other energy-efficient traits such as home insulation, solar thermal and electric panels, duct sealing, tankless water heaters, and Energy Star appliances.
At Maronda Homes, every home we build is 100% BEE Smart Certified Energy Efficient. Features we include in our homes are framed and insulated low side foundations, ZIP System barriers on wall sheathing, R-30 insulation, concrete block walls, and Energy Star appliances. The homes we build are 15% more energy efficient than other homes being built to date. Check out our BEE Smart Certification Quality Checklist to see more energy-efficient trends that will soon be popular in all new construction homes.
5. Outdoor Spaces
With more and more time being spent inside, the concept of outdoor living is quickly evolving. New construction homes are quickly recognizing the importance of outdoor spaces like sunrooms, patios, decks, balconies, and terraces.
An outdoor space can be used as an “escape” from your indoor living space. It can be a place for your kids to play after virtual school, a place for you to relax after a long virtual workday or a place to safely entertain guests on the weekend. Outdoor living space is a must in every home and a trend that’s not going away anytime soon.
As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, we will continuously look for ways to make our homes more liveable. There’s no doubt that functionality, comfortability, and efficiency will continue to be the top priorities for both buyers and builders going forward.