Buying a home is one of the most stressful experiences anyone can endure, particularly when trying to sift through trends and decide what won’t inspire cringing a few years down the line. Though some designs are classic and evergreen, few trends stay relevant forever. Here are four of the new and continuing home trends that buyers can expect to see in 2019, and why they’re getting so much attention right now.
Contemporary Open Floor Plan
One of the most common hallmarks of a modern home is an open floor plan. This style features large amounts of multipurpose space without clear division from room to room. Many times, homes ascribing to this trend will feature other contemporary touches like clean lines, large windows, and energy efficient extra measures.
Though some have claimed the sun will set on the open floor plan trend, a 2016 survey found that 84% of builders are construction new single family homes with an open floor plant style.
For those who want to feel like they’re living in a Tuscan Villa without having to give up stateside comforts, a Mediterranean style home might be a perfect compromise. This trend draws on elements popular in Italian and Greek architecture to give the feeling of being there.
Usually made of stucco, this home style trend became popular in the early 1900s before The Great Depression hit and many of these mansions had to be given up. Today, a resurgence of interest has come upon this style.
Ranches first rose to popularity in the mid-1900s, and have remained a favorite design trend of Americans ever since. However, ranches are likely to undergo a period of extreme popularity as aging Baby Boomers seek single-level homes that will allow them to move about easily in their twilight years.
In fact, a 2018 poll found that 52% of those ages 50 and older prefer ranch houses to any other style. Though this trend isn’t necessarily new, it’s certainly being revitalized.
As of the beginning of 2018, townhouse popularity had risen 7% as compared to the previous year with no end of that growth in sight. There are many reasons that this trend is taking off, not the least of which is the fact that the median price of single family homes continues to rise to the point that many young people simply can’t afford to buy one.
What’s more, as walkability becomes a larger influencing factor, townhouses become more and more appealing. Many of these types of homes can be purchased as projects with good historical bones, so it’s likely this trend will continue in coming years.
It can be difficult to know which trends are worth buying into and which are simply passing fads; regardless of where these trends land on that spectrum, it’s clear they’re here to stay for the time being.