The 5 Hottest Home Building & Design Trends for 2017 in Southeastern Connecticut




 2017 building trendsExpert Advice from Reagan Homes
30+ Years of Homebuilding Experience in Southeastern Connecticut

Technology and aesthetics have combined to produce some of the hottest (and coolest) homebuilding design trends in 2017. If you are working with a top-rated, experienced homebuilding company like Reagan Homes this year, consider bringing some of the following ideas into your design plans. A great homebuilding company will be open to your suggestions and wishes, and they will be able to discuss with you the practical, financial, and aesthetic benefits of any of these 2017 homebuilding trends.

#1 –Energy Efficient Houses

These days, it’s all about energy – energy efficiency, that is! In an effort to decrease the United States’ dependence on other countries for energy, the federal government has enacted stricter standards for home energy usage. This ultimately works to your benefit, because better energy efficiency can improve your home experience while also reducing your monthly energy bills!

Some examples of ways that your new home can be more energy efficient include…

  • Use foam for insulation
  • Opt for low-voltage or LED lighting fixtures
  • Install windows with better heat-blocking capability
  • Buy Energy Star for appliances such as your refrigerator
  • Use higher-efficiency systems for heating and air conditioning
  • Install a tankless water heater
  • Pay attention to the orientation of your house (particularly your windows and doors) to minimize the effect of direct sunlight
  • To ensure that your new home is air tight, request that a “blower door test” be performed when building is completed. Watch our video here [LINK] to learn more about blower door tests.

#2 – Modern Fixtures & Materials

This year, home fixtures and surfaces are clean and bold. Busy patterns such as marble are going out of vogue. Consider a few of the following tips when you begin to think about your home’s visual design:

  • Minimize patterns. Look at natural stone flooring and countertops. For countertops, you might also consider quartz with a leather finish or Caesarstone quartz without too much pattern.
  • Consider gold tones. For plumbing, lighting, and hardware, the warm, inviting feel of brass fixtures has become the material of choice for many. That being said, this is a particular area where you should choose what fits your own personality and style. There are many new homeowners who still prefer silver tones like stainless steel.
  • Keep wood light. When wood floors are in order, steer toward wood and staining that maintains a light, bright tone.
  • Add a stacked stone wall. Stacked stone is a wonderful way to add a striking accent to one or some of your rooms.
  • Opt for a “transitional” style. Transitional styles, as the name suggests, merges two different, distinct period styles into one. For example, you could mix elements from New England Traditional with the cleaner lines of Contemporary. The result is a fresh, new look for your unique home.

#3 – Large Kitchen Pantries

With kitchens being used more and more to entertain guests, many people cringe to have their small appliances and food items cluttering the kitchen counter. The answer? An extra-large pantry that doubles as a small utility room!

Instead of a cabinet pantry in your actual kitchen or even a shelved closet, opt for a walk-in closet with ample storage space for all your kitchen items. This will significantly reduce your need for cabinetry in your kitchen. Some pantries these days include counter space for small appliances such as your food processor or electric can opener. You might even consider installing a secondary fridge or freezer!

#4 – Smart Houses

These days, almost everyone has a smart phone. Thanks to amazing new technology, now our phones can work in conjunction with our houses! Here are just a few examples of smart features that you might want to install…

  • Smart WiFi thermostats can be controlled by your phone even when you’re away at the office or on vacation.
  • An automated emergency water shut-off valve can help prevent flooding emergencies when you’re not at home.
  • Automated lighting can lower your electric bill and also work as a discouragement to potential thieves looking for empty homes.
  • Your security system can also be linked to your cell phone to keep you informed of anything happening at home.

With these and other great capabilities, smart houses are able to automate numerous actions to make your life safer, simpler, and more affordable.

#5 – Third Floor or Finished Basement

One great way to get more bang for your buck is to include a finished basement or even an entire third floor to your home design. The finished basement isn’t a “new” trend, per se, but sometimes the classics are classic for good reason. The extra space provided by a finished basement or by a third floor can make a big difference to your lifestyle.

  • An extra floor can be a wonderful place to send your kids to play and be rowdy without getting underfoot or disturbing you while you work.
  • A finished basement can become a safe place for any of your hobbies that require dedicated space. For example, if you enjoy artistic crafts such as sewing or painting, you can leave your paints, scissors, or sewing needles out without worrying about kids or pets getting hurt or making a mess.
  • Maybe you’d like a getaway for relaxation, reading, or watching sports. Did someone say “man cave”?
  • More and more professionals are telecommuting and working from home, as well. A sunny dedicated office space on the third floor can be an ideal, quiet place to work.

Don’t forget what’s best for you!

When all is said and done, trends will come and go, and the fashionable home you build today may not be so trendy in 5 or 10 years. This is why the most important decision you make is the one that has your own tastes and interests in mind. After all, the best house you can build is the one that matches your unique personality. Now THAT’S a trend that will never go out of style!

The information provided in this article is meant for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about home building as it relates to your unique circumstances, feel free to call Reagan Homes at 860.460.4857 or click here to use our convenient online contact form.

 


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