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Hottest Trends in 2016 Homes |  Something Really Different

Posted by Penn Hull on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 06:04 AM

Hottest Trends in New Home Building:

What floor plans, features, and finishes are most popular in 2016 homes?

It's getting harder to pin-point the most popular new home trends, simply because homebuyers are looking for more individual customization in their homes. Even inside traditional floor plans - with a downstairs dining room, living room, great room, and master bedroom - buyers are mixing up the layout and adding personal touches to every room.

Stock floor plans are a thing of the past in Raleigh new homes, which are designed to be more livable, functional, and personal.

Efficiency, Flexibility, and Customization:

New homes are all about usability - with increased attention to the efficiency, flexibility, and customizability of each individual room. What does efficiency look like? 

1. A second master bedroom can make multi-generational living possible

A second bedroom/bathroom suite on the first floor offers privacy for extended families, grandparents, and long-stay guests – and it can add value to your new home investment.

Two master bedrooms can be designed to be very different, in reflection of lifestyles and preferences. Having a second master suite can also make it possible for you to "age in place". 

Universal design items, such as grab bars in the bath, wider doorways, and curbless or "roll-in" showers are now common requests for homes designed to last well into retirement. Get a guide to the Top 5 Aging in Place floor plans, click here. 



An oversized shower, and no tub, is another trend throughout Raleigh new home construction. See examples in these no-tub master bathroom photos.

2. Bedrooms can double as home offices

Whether you want to create a place for extended guests to stay, or need a space to work from home, modern bedrooms are designed with built in storage (bookcases, a desk, and closet) that can accommodate your changing needs - month to month or over the years.

This upstairs bedroom includes a built in desk - perfect for kids to use as a homework area or you to use as an upstair office.



3. Hallways, landings, and lofts can double as storage centers or pocket offices

A tried and true way to maximize the usability of a home is by adding built in storage to hallways, under the stairs, and other "unused" spaces.

In this home, a version of the Arcadia, we were able to add a storage closet under the stairs. The fit was tight, but the additional storage added a huge benefit.


This upstairs hallway is transformed from "wasted space" into a open office with custom built ins and desk fit to the space.


Click here for sample floor plans with an efficient pocket office built in to a hallway, kitchen, or central area.

4. Laudry rooms can double as all-purpose storage centers and mudrooms

Simple additions to the laundry room, such as a free-standing sink, closet, built in shelving, or folding wall ironing board can make a large impact on your daily routine. Learn how to get more out of every sq ft, with these 10 Small Laundry Room Ideas.


Raleigh New Home Trends:

One of the best things about designing and building a totally custom home is the ability to include the features that matter most, from efficient built ins to multi-use rooms. 

What Raleigh new home trends are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to built it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.


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