5 Home Design Updates to Consider for New Construction

The pandemic has forced a majority of us to reevaluate our living space needs. Comfort, room efficiency and improved exteriors are in demand, driving the need for additional home improvement design considerations during new home construction. Check out the top trending home design updates and ideas to consider while planning new home construction.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Zillow’s 2021 design prediction trends from the pandemic. Design trends taking notice include dedicated workrooms, outdoor entertainment amenities, improved health and wellness space, multigenerational living additions and creature comforts for furry friends. The top 5 home design updates trending focus on comfort, peace and home happiness.

1. Efficient Workspace Area Design

Families cramming into shared areas for work and learning need breathing room and sufficient space to concentrate on to do’s and tasks to tackle. Noise interference and distractions of multiple live-streamed meetings are among the top cohabitating challenges forcing us to find new ways to work and learn from home efficiently. Zillow reports office space tops the wishlist for potential home shoppers and listings mentioning a home office have jumped about 10% since April 2019. Dedicated ‘Zoom Rooms’ could be the solution families need to harmoniously work and study from home together.

2. Improved Outdoor Living Space

Families are cracking out of their cocoons and springing for investments to improve and create the outdoor space of their dreams. Elements for creating an outdoor oasis or backyard retreat are endless. Better Homes & Gardens reports the most popular outdoor projects include firepits and outdoor kitchens along with breezy screened porches and inspiring deck, patio and pergola designs. Consider adding outdoor structures. Improve the landscape with a shed, garden trellis, greenhouse, playhouse or a spacious in-law suite. Adding to your backyard can bolster the versatility of outdoor space, boost square footage and increase the resale value of your Signature Home by J.T. Maloney.

3. Multigenerational Living Additions

Realtor.com reports the pandemic has accelerated a rise in multigenerational living. Following stay-at-home orders in many parts of the country, there was a 4 percentage point increase in the number of buyers purchasing a multigenerational home, compared with before the pandemic hit, according to a recent report by the National Association of Realtors®. The report indicates about 15% of buyers opted for a multigenerational home, compared with 11% the previous year. Supportive living arrangements are driving the need for families to consider custom home accessibility options for aging in place.

Signature Homes by J.T. Maloney understands the importance of building an accessible home and the need for comfortable living space. Maximize room comfort with functional open space design. Eliminate tight spaces and adjust countertop, sink and cabinet heights for easy to navigate kitchen space to accommodate wheelchair access. A first-floor master suite and bath can also make all the difference for older adults living comfortably at home. Separate living space entrances, private kitchens and detached backyard accessory dwelling units are also rising in popularity to accommodate younger adult children returning from college and senior household members alike.

4. Home Health and Fitness

CES 2021 unveiled home fitness technology products transforming home as the new health and fitness headquarters. While wearable technology remains a popular health and fitness device, interactive smart gym mirrors were introduced as a virtual home fitness solution displaying a variety of personal training workouts when on and used as a stylish mirror when off, allowing users to install the technology in a variety of rooms to accommodate home fitness routines. Healthline reports how the fitness landscape has transformed since the pandemic and offers more trending fitness experiences to expect this year. Rather than returning to the gym, more people are connecting to fitness solutions at home. This is driving the need for dedicated room space to accommodate gym equipment, workout mirrors and screens to display content from exercise apps. Whole-body wellness solutions are also rising in demand, including soaking tubs and steam saunas to improve circulation and address sore muscles.

5. Creature Comforts

When constructing the home of your dreams, keep your furry friends in mind. Pet-friendly amenities are trending. Consider during home construction the need for backyard fencing, built-in pet beds below cabinets, counters or stairs, under stair feline litter units, climbing accommodations for kitties to scale, slide-out drawers with built-in food and water bowl stations and pet-friendly shower or bathing stations located in laundry or mud rooms for easy access from the outside. Architecture Art Design offers more inspiring pet-friendly room design ideas to consider for your new home. Defining these areas for our four-legged friends will help them find a place of their own at home.

Focus on comfort and efficiency when personalizing the home of your dreams. From start to finish there are countless custom home features to consider. From deciding on the perfect lot right down to selecting flooring we’re here to help make the home design and construction process easy and enjoyable. Contact Signature Homes by J.T. Maloney today to learn how to make your dream home a reality.