Wondering what’s trending in the new home market in 2015? Here are the top six things home buyers are seeking:
1. House Size
The average house size in 2015 is expected to be 2,300 to 2,500 square feet. Today, most homeowners want homes that are big enough for their lifestyles, easier to maintain and energy efficient.
2. Open Floor Plans
Home buyers are embracing floor plans with limited or no walls separating rooms. Families want flexibility to use space to suit their styles and needs.
3. Energy Efficient and Green
With rising energy costs and an increased awareness of climate change, there is greater interest in building homes that are energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Look for better insulation, natural materials for exteriors/interiors and décor, and solar panels.
4. Home Automation
As people become more familiar with technologies, they expect more home automation (e.g., centralised audio/video throughout the home, wireless telecommunications and automated electrical systems).
5. Larger Kitchens with Islands
People want more space to move around and entertain family and friends. Popular kitchen features include wood cabinets, glass backsplashes, pull-out faucets and soft colour schemes.
6. Extra Bathrooms with Contemporary Appeal
The average home in 2015 will have 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms. Bathrooms will be more modern and feature clean lines. Rain showers continue to be popular but soaker tubs will be in great demand.