Stone Creek Builders Offers Home Buyers Predictions for the Coming Year

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When you are in the building industry you see trends coming and trends going. But we can also see what has been staying.

Over the last 10 years people have been moving not so much towards bigger homes, but towards more efficient homes. They want more space, but sometimes getting more space does not mean it is usable space. So just because the house is bigger does not mean it is better. Consumers are looking for houses that have an open floor plan, a new room arrangement and new outdoor living considerations.

"Large homes waste space when the builders do not consider how homeowners use it," a Stone Creek Builders representative said. With the latest home building trends in mind, Stone Creek Builders moves towards more of an open floor plan. "Consumers are demanding size and greater flexibility in meeting their needs. It provides homeowners with the option to go green and use natural construction materials."

Stone Creek Builders can see changes on the first floor, the second floor and new amenities for outdoor living. Great rooms, dining rooms and kitchens are still room’s people want to keep, but make more functional while the traditional living room is out. “People are converting living rooms into home offices,” the representative said. Large mudrooms and big garages with plenty of storage are also on customer's wish list for the main floor. More people are looking to have their master bedroom on the 1st floor now. They want more privacy away from the kids. Also this gives them the freedom of living in the house longer as they get older. They don’t have to move because they can no longer go up the stairs.

They also want to move the laundry room near the master bedroom, even if it means moving it to the second floor, according to the representative. Tray ceilings are in demand in the master bedroom and people do not want vaulted ceilings any more. Bathrooms are changing as well, the consumer wants bigger tile. Grout is out, more natural materials are in. Soaking tubs are not going away but we do see them going away in the smaller homes of favor of a bigger shower.

Outside, the trend is to create living space that offer a lot, in particular an outdoor kitchen. Consumers also want enclosed spaces to relax in summer. "They're asking for fire pits, gazebos, pool houses and front porches," the representative said.Equipping new homes with mudrooms, great rooms and outdoor kitchens. Stone Creek Builders meets consumer’s demands for smart home technology and going green trends.

Those are some of the trends that Stone Creek Builders has seen from their customers throughout the past 10 years that are staying. “We feel that going green is going to be the biggest thing happening in the building industry over the next 10 to 20 years,” the representative said. “People want smart home technology. They are trying to live cleaner and want their homes to reflect that.”

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Diane Mullen
Stone Creek Builders
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