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Do Your Home Plans Work for Today’s Buyers?


If you are a residential home builder and have not updated your home designs and floor plans recently, you may be missing out. Buyer’s preferences and needs can change from year to year – especially after an event like the pandemic, which has caused many of us to re-evaluate our lifestyles. Now might be the perfect time to review the designs you are offering.


What Makes the Perfect Home?

Obviously, that can differ from person to person, but some of the things we are seeing in today’s market include:

  1. Increased demand for work-from-home spaces that work. Yes, you can turn an extra bedroom into a home office, but that is not always the most convenient choice. A first-level office tucked away from daily household noise is a popular option, as is an office with a door to the outside for the occasional visitor to use.

  2. The pandemic has made us more aware of the importance of family. For some, this means multi-generational living space may become more popular. Privacy will still matter, so spaces that are separate but open to common areas may pique a buyer’s interest.

  3. Smaller but smarter designs. For many years, bigger was better. Now, as the kids leave home and couples rethink how they live, less square footage, combined with a usable layout and high-end finishes is becoming popular.

  4. Open floor plans are still popular but are not for everyone. Many people have discovered over the past year that sharing space 24/7 has resulted in the desire for some separation! That could be a hobby room, reading nook, finished basement with a theater area and pool table, or even a standalone workshop.

  5. Formal living areas are still on the decline. They have become less and less popular over the past decade for many families, but offering a flexible design that can be adjusted relatively easily is one option to present to buyers.

  6. Outdoor space matters. After having been cooped up for so long, people are re-discovering nature. A well-planned outdoor living space is a popular feature.

As always, kitchens, bathrooms, and master suites heavily influence homebuyers. Adequate storage, built-ins, and the choice of quality finishes can turn a production home into something unique for your buyer.

Our home designers are happy to work with you to create a series of home plans for your development. Contact us today to learn more.