This month, we bring you our annual report on the kitchen and bath design trends that hold the greatest appeal for buyers.
Point of View
There are few things about my job that I enjoy as much as touring new communities in California. Recently, I was able to spend the better part of a week doing just that. And from what I saw, the old saying that innovative new-home design starts in the West and flows east still seems accurate.
A new administration, rising interest rates, shifting demographics—it seems as if 2017 has just begun, yet we’re already seeing a change in the homebuilding landscape. Here are some trends we see for the coming year.
In 2015, the day after Christmas, several tornados shook the suburban Dallas, Texas, towns of Garland and Rowlett. I volunteered for an urban search and rescue operation in the city of Garland; the severity of the event only sunk in when I was called to report for duty.
If you’ve been in the housing industry for even a short while, you’ve probably heard of John Burns. A prodigious speaker, regularly appearing on national TV and in other media, Burns attends more than a dozen industry events each year, presenting housing market updates, forecasts, and trends.
This month’s issue includes stories about three unfilled market niches that are significant opportunities for builders: culturally aware housing, live-work housing, and Missing Middle Housing. They're an example of old ideas, made new.
What does the future of digital look like for home builders?
Apologies to Paul Simon, but when I looked at the long list of design ideas I compiled while at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, I thought I’d try to mention 50 of them—a nice round number. Here they are--some of the many trends I spotted on and off the floor.
There were more than 1,000 entries this year for the NAHB National Sales & Marketing Awards, and a sampling of the winning entries begins here.
Enticing buyers is a challenge, but builders have a unique opportunity to attract house hunters who expect up-to-date aesthetics. By incorporating trending designs into your next project, you can drastically improve market popularity and yield higher returns.