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Home Exteriors See Value Engineering by Home Builders

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Home Exteriors See Value Engineering by Home Builders

To contend with current cost pressures, home builders are taking steps to value engineer the exteriors of their homes

February 8, 2023
Value-engineered home exterior with minimalist styling on the facade
Image: Dariusz Jarzabek / stock.adobe.com

As a result of rising costs, home builders are taking steps to value engineer their product. Architect and homeowner surveys conducted by John Burns Real Estate Consulting's DesignLens database and New Home Trends Institute show that streamlining the home's exterior is one of the most common cost-reduction strategies builders are using today, and it's also one of the most readily accepted trade-offs for consumers.

Among the survey findings, we can expect four cost-reduction strategies to influence exterior design in the coming years:

  1. Minimalism
  2. Mixing materials and strategic placement
  3. Window standardization
  4. Designing for the street scene


Read more about each strategy


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