Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Look for these Trends in Today's New Jersey New Homes

The trend this year in new home construction is toward smaller more functional houses, using great rooms and forgetting luxury add-ons, like home theaters.  Buyers want plans that focus on flexible spaces, not rooms, and homes that are built green.  The dominant theme noted by builders and designers seems to be "harvest" - the feeling of family togetherness in casual living and entertaiing.

Look for these top Trends in your New Jersey New Home this year:
  • Large kitchens, with an island, and granite countertops for the custom homes
  • Energy-efficient appliances, insulation, and windows.  Some use of recycled materials.
  • Home office or study space is much more important than "formals" - of dining room or living room.
  • Main floor master suite, probably also a future trend, as baby boomers age and want a bedroom downstairs.  This partners with the decline of popularity of upstairs laundry rooms.
  • Master suite soaker tubs - more important than whirlpools.  Oversize showers with seating areas moving up in demand.
  • Outdoor living room/space - just an outdoor "room" is more popular than an outdoor cooking area.  People want to spend time outside.
  • Stone and brick exteriors instead of stucco and vinyl.
  • Community landscaping with paths and playgrounds.
  • 2-car garages.  Larger garages will still be part of custom homes.
  • Trends toward correction, away from boom.

I've been in the building trades here in central New Jersey most of my life, and can recommend builders and lenders, answer your questions, and help you along the many steps from plans to walking through the door of your new home.  Give me a call or email, and visit the New Construction page on my web site for more information.

Joe Giancarli, Sales Associate
RE/MAX Tri County

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