- Flexibility - For a large number of new homebuyers, the pandemic made clear the need for flexible spaces that can easily adapt to different uses. Architectural designers are meeting that demand with more multifunctional areas in home designs that can seamlessly transform into home offices, school or homework spaces, or workout zones. Nooks with built-in desks and cleaver storage solutions help to provide the versatility needed for today’s modern living.
- Private Spaces without Isolation – Privacy is a top priority for homeowners, but they don’t want to sacrifice openness and connectivity. Great rooms, which merge the kitchen, living and dining areas are high on the list of must-haves for homebuyers, and designers are exploring innovative ways to achieve both privacy and openness. New home designs contain more separate spaces like nooks and retreats, and spaces to hide clutter like drop zones and prep kitchens. Thoughtfully placed furniture can also be employed to strike the perfect balance between personal retreats and social hubs.
- Increasing the Outdoor Footprint – The allure of the great outdoors is driving designers to extend living spaces outside. In fact, it’s becoming an integral part of modern home plans with nearly 60% of architectural designers allocating more footprint to outdoor spaces. Tampa Bay’s pleasant year-round climate makes this trend particularly relevant and desirable. Homeowners can not only enjoy nature but additional, usable space, complete with outdoor kitchens and comfortable seating arrangements.
- Streamlined Exterior Style – Ornate and elaborate exteriors are giving way to cost-effective, streamlined designs. Homebuyers are drawn to clean lines and neutral color palettes. The increased use of eco-friendly materials reflect a growing interest in sustainable living. This shift towards simplicity not only enhances the visual appeal of homes, but also aligns with a broader desire to make environmentally-conscious choices, when possible.
Architects, builders, and designers are embracing the design trends that resonate most with homebuyers and adapting accordingly. The focus on flexibility, privacy, and streamlined styles reflect the changing dynamics of modern living.