We all know that style is somewhat cyclical. Everything that once was fashionable and trendy will become so again, given the appropriate amount of time has passed. Trends regarding new home plans act in the very same way. 2016 seems to be no exception from that rule as far as new houses go. So, if your goal is to build your very own house this year, here are a few elements that are very trendy right now, as well as some things you should definitely steer clear of, all the while keeping in mind the environmental issues.
Features that should be part of your new home plans
Here are a few basic features that will make your new home the trendiest addition to the neighborhood.
- Spacious walk-in showers
They were popular in the past few years as well and they will continue to be in 2016. The reason is the simple fact that people adore the ease and luxury of stepping into a comfortably large shower. Apart from that, showers are all the hype right now for environmental reasons. It has been proven that showers actually use 20 to 30 less gallons of water that a traditional bath. Saving up on water will not only help the environment, but lower your bills as well.
- Open floor plans
Especially open floor plans where the kitchen, dining room and living area are all fused into one huge space. Times have changed and we all need to roll with them. The age of the perfectly compartmented house is now at its sunset. We no longer care for those mathematically designed houses our parents used to have, where the kitchen, the serving area and the living room were three different spaces. We now want freedom of movement throughout the house.
Also, the trend requires all walls that do not actually serve any purpose to be knocked down. People want to connect and not spend time alone in the kitchen while cooking or in the living room while surfing the web. This is actually a marvelous idea, because it will bring all the family together in the same space.
- Creating the illusion of space
The modern day man understands that we are really running out of space. Cities are forever expanding, cutting away from the rural areas. That’s why, another way of protecting the environment and the animal’s natural habitat is by making our homes smaller. But, how do you negotiate between the lack of space and the want of space?
The answer is the building design. If a house is well designed, it will create the feeling of being expansive, without taking up more land than it should be. There are quite a few tricks to achieve this goal. You can add expansive windows, use open house floor plans or combine as many spaces as you can, so you get the feeling the house is actually much larger. Also, try using sliding doors instead of regular ones for the expanded space feeling.
What not to add to your new home plans
Here are a few things the 2016 housing trend dictates you shouldn’t add to your home.
- Adding a whirlpool tub to your bathroom
Whirlpool tubs were very popular in the 80s, but people seem to have outgrown them. And it’s probably for the best, because they take up a lot of room, their use a lot of power, and their engine needs to be replaced very often. Instead of a whirlpool tub, you can add features that will use the space in a much better way. A few examples include more countertop areas, bigger vanities for him and her, and, as mentioned above, bigger showers for your comfort.
- Using completely see through glass windows
Recent years have seen people using these types of conceptual windows for their homes and we can now asses the results. They are not good. Completely naked windows make people feel a crass lack of privacy. This is the reason why most home owners changed their mind in the end and tinted their windows to some extent. If you are looking for options for your newly-built, modern home, you can always go for shades or even simple panels that allow you to keep the window pane open while still providing privacy.
- Equipping your kitchen with an overhead microwave oven
2016 home plans trends dictate you should get rid of your overhead microwave oven. It’s virtually pointless in an open space kitchen/dining room area. Instead, replace it with a nice looking range hood. And while we’re on the subject of kitchen features, 2016 also dictates you should say goodbye to huge walk-in pantries, as they are a complete waste of space, home niches for a desk and a computer, as well as low kitchen cabinets that used to accommodate the desk and computer pairing. The rise of the laptop, tablet and smartphone have made all these house features useless. This means there is absolutely no reason why you should be including them in your new house plans.
The great thing about the 2016 style and trend options as far as housing plans go is their utility. It’s not only that it simply doesn’t look good to have a small kitchen anymore, it’s not wise to do it either. The new home plans trends center on sheltering the environment as much as possible too. And the best practice related to that is keeping your house as small as possible, as mentioned above. It’s the ideal balance between preserving nature but still living in a house, not an apartment.
New houses are a lot more affordable as well. Given the fact that they are smaller, they lack some kitchen, bathroom and living room features, their prices are considerably lower than they used to be in the past few years. New homes strive to blend in with the natural environment because people have finally understood the importance of complimenting nature rather than replacing it.