New Priorities Trump Old Rules
The prevalence of non-traditional, open layouts with spacious kitchen and family room areas continues. Today's homeowners are looking for ways to maximize the square footage of their homes, so larger, more gathering-friendly casual spaces are often replacing rarely used formal living and dining rooms.
Options Create Opportunities
Many builders have incorporated flexible spaces that give buyers the option to dedicate a room to meet their specific needs and preferences or to serve multiple purposes. For example, formal dining room calls for a chandelier and open access, whereas double doors and built ins can easily create a private home office or library in the same space. It is now also more common for the owners of older homes to alter their floor plans to work better with the way they live.
Focus of Accessibility, Practicality, and Storage
A growing number of aging baby boomers drive the preference for one-level or two-story designs with the master bedroom downstairs. Storage features such as large closets and rooms with built-in shelves and cabinets maximize the use of space in a smaller footprint.
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