Each year, our team of experts compiles a list of trending features in the home – from floor plan designs to the use of space throughout the home. This year, we’ve identified five trends that we expect to see in 2022.
Whether you’re looking for additional privacy panels on your outdoor living space or designated work areas in the home, privacy is of the utmost importance this year. While much of the world has returned to working in the office, there are still those of us opting for a hybrid or fully remote style. This can create schedule and space overlap with other members of the household, leading to an increased need for private spaces. Open-concept plans are still popular amongst homeowners, but now feature more intentional designs when it comes to spare rooms, lofts and outdoor spaces.
There has been a large push over the last few years to incorporate multi-generational living into plan designs. From elderly relatives to adult children staying in the nest, it’s important to consider these needs at the start of the design process when building a new home. During quarantine, many of us were in lockdown away from loved ones which added an extra level of stress to the family. With multi-generational living, loved ones are mere steps away rather than hours.
What is going to continue as a trending mainstay, technology, is everywhere in a new home. From ‘smart’ thermostats to touch sensor faucets and even responsive appliances, technology is more embedded into new construction each year. Start the building process by utilizing BuilderTrend, Old Town’s cloud-based project management system that allows homeowners real time updates on their home, the ability to approve or decline selections via app or computer and more.
When was the last time you went to a catered party at a house? It’s probably been a while but no more – entertaining in the home is back and better than ever. With so many of us staying put in our homes, jobs and cities over the last year, we had to find new ways to entertain, and this has changed the way we design our homes. Introducing the working pantry – a hallway-sized secondary prep space often behind or adjacent to the kitchen. Working pantries allow for all mess to stay out of site whenever hosting a dinner party or event, taking the stress away from homeowners and letting the focus stay on togetherness.
We’ve all heard the horror stories from relatives and friends about the process of building a new home – but what about the good experiences? With a combination of technology and truly getting to know a builder, the building process has become a less stressful and sometimes is even a fun process. With traditional construction taking around twelve months, it’s important to find a builder and a team that truly understand you and your needs.
At Old Town Design Group, we’ve spent the last few years analyzing what our homeowners want out of the home design and build process, leading us to build our team of experts. Our experts are the very best – from new home consultants in our models to our construction managers in the field, our team doesn’t stop working until the job is done. Interested in starting a conversation about your new home? Learn more about the communities we build in or available homes for sale.