The American Institute of Architects recently released 2012’s first quarter Home Design Trend Survey. In this report, we discover – to absolutely no one’s surprise! – that the recent economic climate has had a significant impact on how homeowners feel about renovating or remodeling their home.
Custom built houses are getting smaller, while renovations and remodeling projects are being selected on the basis of what will serve the family’s long- term needs best rather than what will immediately improve the resale value of the home.This mirrors what we’ve seen with Dover home renovations. People are planning on staying in their homes longer.
Two other points in the report that we thought would be of interest to the Dover homeowner is the increased emphasis on outdoor living and improved accessibility throughout the home.
Outdoor living means being able to enjoy the lovely setting we have in Dover. Porches, patios, and custom-built decks enable your family to relax, entertain, and even cook outdoors in easy elegance. Sunroom additions and conservatories are increasingly popular, as they provide extra living space you can use all year round.
People who are planning on holding onto their homes for a longer time need to be able to live in the home safely and comfortably as they get older. That’s what’s driving the trend toward more open, accessible floor plans, and single-story home design. Room additions are being used to enlarge first floors, providing open, multi-purpose space. Talk to your Dover building contractor about what you can do to make your home more accessible. Remodeling the bathroom to make it safer reduces the number of slips, trips, falls, and wipe-outs – the number one cause of injury among older people.
Energy efficient home building helps homeowners save money and energy. The trend toward smaller homes means we’ll be using less power to heat and cool them. That’s good news for the planet and the family budget!