Top New Home Design Trends for 2012

April 16, 2012

April is New Homes Month. To celebrate, some of the home industry’s leading professionals share the hottest new home design trends. Emerging market trends incorporate creative use of layouts, materials and features that provide the most utility and beauty possible at a great price.

“Despite the ongoing challenging economy, home builders are still delivering new homes with exceptional design elements that serve the current financial and functional needs of their home-buying customers,” said Barry Ruttenberg, NAHB chairman and a home builder and remodeler from Gainesville, Fla.

Here are just some of the hottest new home design trends shared by the industry’s leading home builders and architects at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. in February:

  • More Impact, Less Cost: Rectangular shaped homes keep  costs down, but aren’t visually interesting. To keep spice things up, builders are doing things such as using two windows in a corner with mitered glass to allow unobstructed views and maximum light to come in or using  multiple materials in the home’s façade.
  • Reworked Spaces: Rooms in new homes are being designed as multi-purpose spaces, while formal living rooms and dining rooms are being eliminated. Alcoves and window seats have become a private space in the home’s main rooms. Even laundry rooms are becoming more efficient by being added onto the master bedroom’s closet.
  • Multigenerational Living: New single-family home designs reflect an increasing number of family members living at home with separate living units that access the main home through a door, “shadow” units that are built next to the home or homes with at least two master suites.
  • Expanded Amenities: Multifamily complexes are ramping up the number of resident amenities to make up for smaller unit sizes. Fitness centers and entertainment rooms have been common for years, but new amenity spaces include business centers and libraries.

The new home market is a great opportunity for any lifestyle especially now that interest rates are low and pricing is competitive. New homes feature the best in design trends, safety and energy efficiency to make sure the home is on the cutting edge.

The NAHB provides a wide variety of resources for home buyers. To see some of these new design trends incorporated into homes, see the winners of the 2011 Best in American Living Awards.

About The Author

Read All Stories By Mitch Levinson

Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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