Homes are not built overnight, so having a firm grasp on which trends will have sticking power is crucial if builders want to create homes that are innovative showstoppers. By looking at the preferences of buyers, builders can see what styles and materials buyers are moving to or away from—see you later, farmhouse. So what do homebuyers want now? Smaller houses that can do it all: They want affordable abodes that boast walk-in closets, indoor-outdoor areas, and airy, open-concept kitchen-dining room-family room combos. But when it comes down to it, buyers really desire a well-built, energy efficient home and practical spaces such as laundry rooms to enhance their day-to-day lives.
Millennial Pink? Anything but that! Word art? We're so over it. Please, whatever you do—no more shiplap! So what are the top home trends and features of 2020? What are going to be the most popular types of homes? And what does new construction look like these days?
If you're looking for answers, the best folks to ask are those who are actually building homes. They have their fingers on the pulse of what people want—not just today, but tomorrow, and even next year. (After all, it takes a while to build!)
For starters, despite a lot of hullaballoo about luxury condos and urban living, the most popular type of home remains the single-family residence, according to survey research on about 3,000 homebuilders conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. Those were followed by townhomes, condos and co-ops, and manufactured homes.