Architecture goes through phases and follows fashions just as clothing does, though trends in architecture are slower than those you find in the fashion industry.
Here are some of the top features of newly constructed homes in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Energy Efficient HVAC Systems
North Carolina isn’t as hot as Florida, but everyone is going to turn on the AC in the summer. And almost everyone is concerned about energy prices, while a fair number put a premium on minimizing the energy usage.
Realtors are now more likely to point out features that reduce energy usage and keep the house cool such as solar powered ventilation fans in the attic or radiant barriers built into the roof.
The open floor plan has become commonplace. Unfortunately, it often comes at the expense of storage space. As we get larger living rooms, dining rooms and hallways without separating walls, we lose closets and wall space for hanging items.
In open kitchens, you lose the places where you may install shelves, as well. That is why you need to determine how much effective storage space you have relative to what you need, regardless of how large or small the property is.
We’ve seen a definite shift away from the nearly entirely open floorplan barring one’s bedrooms. In layman’s terms, the walls are coming back. You see more half-walls with counters separating living rooms and kitchens, while walk-in pantries are the new hot item in kitchens after luxury appliances and granite countertops.
The Mud Room
Mud rooms are making a comeback. The mudroom traditionally refers to a hallway with storage for jackets, boots and work clothes. It is an easy place to store these items while preventing people from tracking mud into the house.
That’s why they generally have coat closets if they don’t have a wall full of hooks and cubbies. They are also a transition between the inside and outside of the house. The mudroom is generally used for secondary entrances, so the front door still gives you a formal entryway.
A popular design trend is to combine the laundry room and mud room into one. This makes it easy to wash dirty clothes, since you can simply put a hamper in the mudroom to collect messy clothes.
This eliminates the inconvenience of going into the garage to do your laundry. And the storage in the mud room gives you a lot of space to store ironing stuff and laundry supplies.
Smart Home Automation
Smart home automation may allow you to open the garage door at the touch of an app on the smartphone or unlock the front doors when your kids call saying they forgot their key.
Depending on the smart home features you choose to adopt, you may be able to control your lights, HVAC system and robot vacuum from the same smart phone. This is convenient, when it is done right.
It is the installation of all the technology and getting it to work right that puts people off from doing it themselves. That’s why smart home automation is a selling point in new homes.
Just make sure the smart home automation they implemented in the building is compatible with your devices, easy to use in general, and can connect with anything else you’d like to add.