If you’re thinking about building a new home, you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the must-haves for your new modern house design.
Here are the 10 most-requested features in new home designs to guide and inspire you.
At the top of the list, home builders want practical energy efficiency with a clear return on investment.
This includes: low-E windows to absorb and transmit less heat through the house; well-sealed building envelopes to provide resistance to air, water, heat, light, and noise transfer into the house; and high-efficiency insulation, which remains the biggest factor in overall efficiency.
Older homes don’t offer flowing floor plans with high ceilings, and new home builders’ wish lists usually begin with a desire for open floor plans centred around a living/dining/family room and kitchen.
Along with high 9- and 10-foot ceilings, this helps even a smaller house feel spacious and open.
Ample natural light is a must have, by way of floor-to-ceiling windows and the use of transom windows or skylights for enclosed areas.
Large kitchen islands are desirable to serve a number of functions, from food preparation and eating area, to homework spot and intimate entertaining.
Bringing an open breakfast/casual dining space into the open kitchen design is becoming popular, replacing the formal dining room. This reinforces the kitchen’s role as the social hub of the house.
Having a dedicated pantry is a must have for the modern kitchen. Walk-in robes have undeniably grown in size and prevalence, now being a minimum requirement for every bedroom in the house.
Linen closets remain mandatory, while integrated cabinets in the garage maximises storage space.
A separate laundry room also makes the wish list, to keep the mess away from the open plan living area, and potential buyers will see it as a huge benefit.
Spaces that can convert into a home office or additional bedroom have replaced the formal living and dining rooms of the past.
This flexibility allows both homeowners and future buyers to use the space however it fits their needs at that point in their family’s life.
There are many options on the market available to those designing their new home. In the bathroom and laundry, new humidity- and motion-sensing technology for exhaust fans ensure that these tools are put to use when needed, even when homeowners are forgetful to turn them on (or off).
Throughout the home, energy efficient light bulbs (ideally LED) are an expectation not an extra, and buyers also expect high energy star-rated appliances in the kitchen and laundry.
Not only do homeowners want programable thermostats, ceiling fans remain as an essential component to keeping homeowners cool as energy prices rise.
Home designers want home control that is practical and effortless. In a tech-smart home this means app-driven lighting, security, and HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) systems.
Charging stations have become a must have, with space for the entire family to charge their phones and other electronics.
To make use of these devices, wireless compatibility throughout the house for homework and work-at-home makes this list, as does the need for ample outlets throughout the house, to allow anyone to plug in at the kitchen island, the living room couch or even on the patio.
Having an outdoor space with dedicated seating that is as comfortable as indoors, is a highly sought-after feature.
Some home designers may go a step further and with luxury items such as an outdoor fireplace, television or kitchen. There is demand for larger covered spaces just off the main living area.
Blurring the line between outdoors and indoors is increasingly important for new home owners, with consistent flooring and operable glass walls or wide French doors.
Not only due to time constraints but also drought concerns, buyers are trending towards more water-conserving landscaping. Inside, hardwood flooring offers a clean look, is easier to maintain, and is also more durable, than carpet.
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