Designing Your Dream Space: 6 Top Home Trends for Home Buyers
Half the fun of being a host for holidays, parties, cookouts, playdates, and other events is being able to show off your house. When you design your dream home, think about these very cool home trends that will benefit you every day while impressing your guests.
HOME TREND #1 | ZEN-LIKE BEDROOMS
One of Houzz’ top home trends for 2018 calls for bedrooms that are modern and serene, offering environments conducive to restful sleep. How important is sleep? Ask Huffington Post co-founder, Arianna Huffington whose 2016 book The Sleep Revolution, outlines how sleep is essential in both our personal and business lives. Want to be successful? Don’t burn the candle at both ends. Make use of clean lines in your bedrooms to calm the mind, and log REM sleep so you can be at your best for your work and family.
HOME TREND #2 | SPA-LIKE BATHROOMS
Not many people go to a spa and come home more stressed out. This is a home trend that reminds you of the benefits of a spa day. Many homeowners are bringing that sense of relaxation into the home by modeling their bathrooms after their favorite spa experiences. In this age of busy-ness, consider your mental health when you build your new home. Style your master bath after a posh spa by installing a gorgeous tub with lots of space to soak, a space for flowers and candles–maybe even a sound system to play soothing music in your home spa.
HOME TREND #3 | NOOK-LIKE SPACES
Make use of every space in your home by identifying wasted space and filling it with a library, a reading nook, an office, a puzzle station, or even a play area for the kids. Use a rug and floating shelves to define the space. Then add a reading chair and a basket of magazines or crossword books.If the space is next to an electrical outlet, it could be a charging station. Creating nooks in your home is a home trend that maximizes your square footage while keeping your home from looking cluttered.
HOME TREND #4 | SMART HOME FEATURES
Not only can you turn on music in different rooms of your home with just a swipe or tap on your cell phone, but plenty of other smart features exist for your new home. With technology ever evolving, smart home features are plentiful and a home trend that will grow and become more affordable with time. Select a doorbell that rings to your phone and shows you live video of your guest at your door. Install a programmable smart thermostat to keep your home comfortable and your energy costs down. You may even choose to even get smart kitchen appliances–a refrigerator that will send your grocery order to the nearest supermarket or an oven that stores gourmet recipes for you.
HOME TREND #5 | OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES
The inside of the home isn’t the only place to be trendy. Wakefield Research found in a 2017 study that most home buyers would choose a smaller home if it meant getting a larger yard, and about half of all home buyers surveyed considered the distance between homes to be a key feature. Now more than ever, homeowners want to get reacquainted with nature and spend time outdoors. Whether that translates to grilling, gardening, playing catch, or making smores, you can design your outdoor space to be a continuation of what you love about your home.
HOME TREND #6 | ENERGY EFFICIENCY
More and more people are looking for ways to save resources like water, energy, and money. Based on comparisons of scores from the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index-a scoring system from Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) that demonstrates a home’s total energy efficiency-you can save hundreds of dollars per year building a home compared to buying an existing home. Green features such as programmable thermostats and Energy Star appliances make for a cleaner home and save you money each month on utility bills by using less energy and water. Overall, you get a more efficient, comfortable and healthy home when your builder prioritizes energy efficiency.
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