Fewer new homes are being built now than in the past, even in areas where scarcity of homes have led to an affordable housing crisis. Nevertheless, developers are continuing to build at relatively consistent rates and there are still many homeowners who are willing to take on the challenge of new home construction. Here are some new trends that have developed over the years.
More millennials and baby boomers are drawn to the idea of downsizing to tiny homes and micro-dwellings. Many accomplish this by purchasing premade RV-type homes from contractors, but there are others who much prefer to design and build their own on a foundation. Finding a place to build a tiny home isn’t always easy, but as the tiny home trendsetters will tell you, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
In years past, environmental protection was up to the government and local businesses. However, these days, homeowners are taking on new home construction projects that take these matters into their own hands. Many homes now include solar panels, windmills and large windows that let in a lot of natural light.
Technology is another way people are improving the energy efficiency of their homes. You can now set thermostats from work so the AC is only on for an hour before you get in. Automated lights turn on and off when you enter and exit the room and there are doorbells with cameras attached.
Yet another way that homeowners have improved energy efficiency is through switching to LED lighting. LED lights are smaller and come in many different designs suitable for everything from traditional to steampunk and contemporary designed homes. They also last much longer than regular light bulbs.
New home construction has slowed considerably over the past few decades, but there are homeowners who prefer to build rather than buy. Through them, as well as large scale home builders across America, new trends will continue to emerge for years to come.