Even though it may sometimes seem like it, home building and design trends are not conjured up using a crystal ball. They are the result of surveys, observations, lifestyles, socioeconomic issues, entertainment, technology, and most importantly, the needs and desires of buyers.
Here are some of the national and Santa Cruz homes trends to expect in 2010.
Green is growing.
A study conducted by Burst Media in late December, 2009, found that 90 percent of Web users surveyed have incorporated some aspect of going green into their lives, and overall, they are willing to pay a premium for environmentally friendly products.
Homes are getting smaller.
For 2010, home builders say they will focus on lower-priced and smaller homes. More than 95 percent of home builders surveyed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in January said that was the way they saw their businesses evolving.
Single-story homes are in.
Because of the rise in homebuyers who are 55 years of age and older, more single-story Santa Cruz homes are being purchased. According to NAHB, barely over half of new homes today are built with two stories or more. Two-story homes peaked at about 55 percent of the market in 2006.
Lower cost, more practical homes are being purchased.
In an attempt to respond to consumer demands for practicality, as well as hold the line on prices, home builders surveyed by NAHB are most likely to include these features as standard in their houses this year:
• Walk-in closets in the master bedroom
• Laundry rooms
• Insulated front doors
• Great rooms
• Energy-efficient windows
• Linen closets
• Programmable thermostats
• Energy-efficient appliances and lighting
• Separate shower and tub in master bathrooms
• Nine-foot ceilings on the first floor
Here are the features builders said they are least likely to add to houses in 2010. You'll notice a lot of the items being eliminated are luxury features, as builders try to lower costs.
• Outdoor kitchens
• Outdoor fireplaces
• Butler’s pantries
• Media rooms
• Desks in kitchens
• Two-story foyers
• Multiple shower heads in the master bath
• Smaller kitchens
Want to buy one of the newer Santa Cruz homes in 2010? Call me today at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com to get started.