ORLANDO (Real Estate Center) – The home of the future doesn’t include Jetson-style hovercrafts or robotic maids — yet — but there are some key changes worth looking for if you’re a builder.
Based on responses to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), here are some ways in which builders can expect homes to change by as early as 2015:
• Single-family homes will get smaller (74 percent of respondents said).
• Homes will have more “green” features (68 percent).
• Homes will have more technology features (29 percent).
• Homes will have more universal access features (20 percent).
• Homes will have more outdoor living features, such as kitchens and fireplaces (10 percent).
• The average home size will be roughly 2,150 sf.
• Living rooms will merge with other spaces in the home (52 percent), vanish to save on square footage (30 percent), or become a parlor/retreat/library or music room (13 percent).
• If the living room doesn’t vanish, it will likely decrease in size (76 percent).
• Also downsizing are the entry foyer (66 percent) and dining room (63 percent).
• Features “very likely” to be included in a new home in 2015 include a kitchen-living room combo, walk-in closet in master bedroom, laundry room and two-car garage.
• Homebuyers are “somewhat likely” to want design features such as stepless entries, three-foot-wide doorways and four-foot-wide hallways, stepless showers that have seating, non-slip floor surfaces and grab bars in bathrooms.
• People seem likely to lavish more attention on the kitchen, ensuring that room will retain its status as the home’s social center.
• Survey respondents said they are “very likely” to want double sinks, recessed lighting, table space for eating and breakfast bars. They’re “somewhat likely” to want a central island, walk-in pantry, recycling center and desk/computer area.