Saturday, March 12, 2011


Homebuilders expect new single-family homes to be 10 percent smaller on average in 2015 than those started in the first three quarters of 2010, but they're expected still to include two-car garages, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Builders surveyed expect new homes to average 2,152 square feet in 2015. Fifty-two percent of builders expect the living room to be merged with other spaces by 2015, and 30 percent said it will vanish entirely. The relative size of the entry foyer and dining room are likely to diminish. However, opinions were fairly evenly divided on the fate of the kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom and mudroom.

Along with a two-car garage, the average new home in 2015 is likely to feature a great room with a kitchen, foyer and living room; a walk-in closet in the master bedroom; a laundry room; ceiling fans; and a master bedroom on the first floor in homes with two stories.

In addition to floor-plan changes, 68 percent of builders surveyed say that homes in 2015 will also include more green features and technology, including energy-efficient windows; engineered wood beams, joists or tresses; water-efficient features such as dual-flush toilets or low-flow faucets; and an Energy Star rating for the whole house.

The big question is whether the modular industry will work toward these changes or let the site builders continue to adapt first.  The modular industry, even though we build a better product, always lag behind in innovation.

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