We’re only a few months into 2015, but back in 2011 the people at Zillow – a site about all things home-related founded by former Microsoft executives – were already making predictions about what the home of 2015 would look like. Were they right? Here’s some of their predictions: -Smaller homes. Stephen Melman, Director of […]
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Here’s some of their predictions:
-Smaller homes. Stephen Melman, Director of Economic Services at the National Association of Home Builders, said, “Homes will get smaller.” According to a survey of home builders, they expected single-family homes to be around 2,150 square feet in 2015; in 2011 homes were around 2,400 square feet.
-No more living room. The prediction was the living room would merge with other spaces or maybe even vanish completely.
-More upsized laundry rooms, master bedroom walk-in closets, porches, eat-in kitchens, two-car garages and ceiling fans.
-Less mudrooms, dining rooms, 4+ bedrooms, media rooms and skylights.
-More “aging in place” amenities such as walk-in showers, grab bars and ground-floor master bedrooms.
Zillow wasn’t very far off the mark.
Homes are as distinct as their homeowners, and we still see a wide range of home styles and preferences.
Open spaces, as mentioned, where the kitchen, dining and living areas are combined have been popular for quite awhile.
Technology has taken over much of the 2015 home, with smart home products used throughout many of the newer homes. Although the development of such products is at a bit of a standstill. For more about that, you can check out our blog What’s Next for Smart Homes
Some homeowners are downsizing, and some are upsizing. We can’t seem to come to a consensus on the small home vs the larger size issue. While there has been some growing popularity in the tiny home market
, many others have found it impractical in having enough space for storage or to entertain, or just to house a growing family and all their needs.
Universal design and aging in place plans and products are commonplace requests of homeowners thanks to the growing elderly population. More homeowners are building “mother-in-law” suites for their aging parents. And we’ve seen an increase in requests for improving homes for accessibility. You can check out some of our home improvement suggestions for accessibility here