People who are in the market for new homes for sale are following the latest trends in design, not only because of the effects those trends have on the investment value of the homes, but also because of the influence those trends have on the liveability of those homes in the short term. Here are some of the more popular design trends in the new home market for 2013.
Smarter Automated Controls in New Homes for Sale
Because the costs of automation are decreasing, while lives remain as busy as ever, controlling a home’s major systems has become more affordable from just one device, even a mobile phone or tablet. Designers who do this eliminate multiple systems for controls, making home management easier for residents, even when they are not at home. Some of these systems allow people to manage as many as 80 different devices, ranging from locking the front door to switching off the television to making sure the gas range is off and the air conditioning is set at 80 degrees.
Outdoor Living Areas in New Homes for Sale
This trend actually became popular in 2009 and 2010 and has continued to grow, as designers and home owners have started to think past simple decks and terraces for outdoor living areas. These spaces now start to look and function more like an inside room, with improvements in furnishings, curtains, fire pits, and even sophisticated media systems. Some of these look like courtyards, providing more privacy, with doors and windows designed to be energy efficient. Screened porches give homeowners another way to blur the lines between the inside and the outside.
The increase in media sophistication is not just limited to the out of doors, though. Many families are preferring “staycations” instead of heading out on the road, and they are furnishing their media space with higher quality lighting, more comfortable seating and tables that are more suited to an evening of entertainment.
Outdoor Kitchens in New Homes for Sale
Preparing food outdoors continues to grow as an area of interest, whether it involves grilling burgers and brats or becoming as elaborate as a separate cooking station with a sink, drawers, oven, refrigerator and even counter surfaces outside. One particularly popular device is a hybrid grill that allows cooking with wood or charcoal as well as gas. Having a kitchen outside motivates many home owners to start planting vegetable gardens outside, using elevated beds to keep the cook from having to bend over too much. The newest trend in this area is keeping a backyard pond with fish raised with organic methods. Home owners have a captive source of fish without having to go to the grocery store.
People who are looking for a new home have more exciting options than ever. Depending on your budget and your preferences, there are many ways to expand your living space and improve your quality of life at home. This makes it an exciting time to be shopping for new homes for sale.