The National Association of Homebuilders recently reveled that the most sought after new home is one that is modern and eco-friendly. They say this new style of modern design is visually different from that what you might picture from earlier versions of “modern”. It is described as a warmer take on the classic ultra modern “White Box” of mid-20th century modern design.
New Age Design
In general, this translates into bringing “modern” a warmer feel. Architects are achieving this by increasingly combining two types of design and mixing distinctly modern, techno-savvy interiors with colonial details and Tudor-style roofs. It is the best of both worlds being combined into a greener living space.
During the housing boom in the 80s and 90s, homes expanded in size. Compact single story ranch and cape cod style homes were not as in demand as the large McMansion. But today, in a state of recovery after the housing bubble burst, downsizing and being ecologically smart by conserving energy is what the new homebuyer wishes to be.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, houses shrank about 10 percent from their 2,500 square foot peak in 2007, and are expected “to get smaller and more efficient” with open floor plans, master bedrooms on the first floor. Yes, the one-story ranch home, the 50s and 60s signature style of family living, is making a comeback. The Association sites those ranch style buyers as parents with small children and aging baby boomers seeking accessibility.
Craftsman style homes, popular before World War II, are also enjoying a revival. This style can range is size from spacious to a small bungalow. They are basically one or one and-a-half story homes that boast a low-pitched roof, tapered columns, oversized eaves, gables and have front porches that seem to call for a swing or a couple of rocking chairs.
But regardless of which style today’s buyers choose, they are also asking about low flow water fixtures, energy efficient furnaces, tankless water heaters, the best insulation, and natural ways to keep a home cooler in the summer. New kitchens lead the way to utility bill savings with Energy Star appliances and energy efficient windows have become expected by anyone in the market to build a home today.
While the latest trend may surprise homeowners who prefer spacious living, it does make sense that in a time of “back to basics” and going Green, today’s home buyer is looking to build a home with comfortable style as well as one that offers smart, ongoing energy savings