The New American Home

November 3, 2011 By Leave a Comment

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How is the new American home taking shape? Well, it is no surprise that recent economic conditions have made homeowners and potential buyers re-think what is important in a home. For many Americans the practical is nudging out the opulent. People are drawn to homes that make the most of every square foot. This doesn’t always mean smaller, it just means that floor plans need to be a bit smarter.

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article about called The Blueprint for the New American Home that analyzed the latest home building trends.  Here are some of the trends they sited for the new American home:

 

Then: Grand Foyers     Now: Drop Zones

Since a grand foyer is often used just for guests and not by the homeowners, people are now designing “Drop Zones”. Think of these rooms as pumped up mud rooms. They are a place to store gear, organize mail, file papers and even do laundry. Think of these rooms as a family’s command central.

 

Then: Formal Living Rooms     Now: Open Family Rooms

The great room concept lives on as people building homes opt for an extra large family room at the expense of a formal living room. The square footage of the living space might remain the same, but how it is used is being reconsidered.

 

Then: Second Staircase     Now: Room for an Elevator

The concept of aging in place means that people are designing their homes to live-in long term. A home that is designed with the possibility of adding an elevator at a later date means that people can stay in two story homes long after walking upstairs becomes difficult.  There is also a strong trend toward multi-generation living as a way to cut down on family expenses so an elevator might be necessary for an elderly parent as well.

 

Then: Dad’s Office     Now: Lifestyle Center

Gone are the days when Dad retired to his office to smoke a cigar after dinner. Today’s family is building a “lifestyle center”. This center has computer stations for homework and space for wrapping gifts or doing craft projects. This is a room that every member of the family can use.

 

Please click  here to read the entire article from the Wall Street Journal On-line.

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