Surveys indicate that today’s new-home buyers are leaning toward models that offer more-private outdoor escapes, rather than traditional back yards. To accommodate the trend, builders are creating more covered outdoor spaces as well as strategically positioning the house’s architecture to produce an enclosed feel and allow a seamless flow to the interior living areas. Modern buyers also are enamored with the “super kitchen,” characterized by open designs, islands, and oversized pantries. This type of layout caters not only to cooking, but also entertaining. Another hot trend is the multigenerational home — especially if it has a semi-independent suite with its own entrance, bathroom, and kitchenette. Home offices are increasingly popular, too; and builders are starting to move them away from the entry and off of the kitchen or living room instead. Buyers also desire monster garages where they can not only park their vehicles but also store extra junk and engage in hobbies as well as more wall space to accommodate today’s larger televisions and bigger entertainment rooms with more seating. | Read More