Three words define the trend in home designs for 2015 - big, open and green! Potential home owners have spoken and builders have heeded the call by designing floor plans that have more open rooms and are more energy-efficient than ever. That's good news for home buyers and manufacturers, as nothing says "energy efficient" better than a prefab home from Moncure Homes! Other trends to look for can be found below in the complete top ten home design trends to look for in 2015:
1. Larger Floor Plans
Today's home buyers want room to kick back and relax, entertain, and have the flexibility to accommodate everything from kid-friendly sleep overs to back porch bar-b-ques. You can expect floor plan sizes in the 2300-2500+ square foot range - big enough for everyone to have their own space, but still small enough to heat and cool efficiently without the expense of a large utility bill!
2. Open, Free-Flowing Rooms
Open floor plans have always been popular, and this year is no different. Buyers want homes with easy access from one room to another, and rooms which are not obscured by walls, dividers or petitions. Open living areas keeps everyone closer together, in touch and in sight - something especially important to families with small children! Large, open windows also bring the outside in, as well as add more natural daylight and warmth to rooms.
3. Functional Spaces
A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects revealed a larger demand for “functional” spaces in the coming year - like home offices,in-law suites, and mud-rooms. With more and more people working from home, buyers want rooms that can double as a work-space AND a living area, such as a finished second floor that doubles as a private bedroom suite and a home office.
4. Outdoor Living Areas
With the economy still in a lull, families want outdoor living space that can offer a mini-vacation without having to leave home. Backyard pits, patios and gazebos are becoming more standard in most home plans, as well as large rocking-chair front porches, and covered back decks. With all the great decorating ideas found on Pinterest and other design sites, homeowners are flocking home improvement stores to enhance their outdoor living space with brightly colored outdoor furniture and whimsical decor, giving a new twist to bringing the inside -OUT!
5. Going Green and Natural
Today's new home buyers are more energy conscious than ever, and want homes that are not only energy efficient, but offer energy-saving features such as solar panels, geothermal heating/cooling solutions and better insulation, all of which can be incorporated into your new manufactured or modular home. Woodstoves, glass-enclosed sunrooms and rooms with lots of windows all offer better energy-efficiency in today's new homes. Today's manufactured and modular homes are more energy efficient than ever offering upgrades in better ceiling and wall insulation, exterior windows and doors, better grade carpeting and automatic water shut-offs. It's worth the extra cost in the long run to order your new manufactured or modular home with energy-saving upgrades up front. You'll see savings year round and enjoy a more comfortable home!
6. Smart Home Technology
Cell phones and computers are not the only things going "smart" these days. Smart home technology is being incorporated into today's new homes that offer better security, wireless data solutions, and more automation with features such as electric and audio/video systems. For added peace of mind, Moncure Homes offers an exclusive Safe and Sound whole home security system to its home buyers with the purchase of any manufactured or modular home.
7. The Great "Great Room"
Long gone are the separate living room/den/kitchen areas found in older homes. The great room has been popular for years, and that hasn't changed for new homes in 2015. In fact, the great room is one of the most requested rooms from buyers in the history of home designs! Combining the kitchen, living room and family room creates a warm, inviting atmosphere and brings families closer together better than any other room in the home!
8. Big Country Kitchens
The kitchen has always been the "heart" of the home, and today's floor plans are designed with the old-fashioned, large country kitchens where everyone gathers to eat, talk and entertain. Watch for natural wood cabinets and floors, and soft color schemes, as well as the return of the large, functional island bar in today's kitchen designs.
9. More Bathrooms
With buyers wanting more space in their new home, it only makes sense that would include MORE bathroom space! Today's newer floor plans offer 2.5+ baths, and the return of the large, soaker tub. Also gone is the old-timey rustic look, giving way to a more modern bath with sleek, clean lines. Look for more contemporary designs in architecture and fixtures, as well.
10. Fashionable Colors and Decor
Home designers are predicting color trends in 2015 to range from classic beige and gray, to soft pastels and deep Mediterranean blues. A mix of vintage antiques and modern decor, such as glass-top tables, add to the interest and beauty of today's new homes. Buyers want homes where they can express their own individual tastes and creativity, while maintaining a place of peace, beauty and comfort.
At Moncure Homes, we're excited about the new trends in home designs this year, and invite you to come in and let us show you how beautiful and affordable our manufactured and modular homes can be! Or visit us online at www.moncurehomes.com to see our latest display homes and floor plans!