If you’re like us, you’ve been spending a lot of time at home lately. A home that may be feeling a little cramped, a little outdated and definitely in need of a home office.
Not to worry. Santa Rita Ranch builders are on the job. They talk to homebuyers just like you to find out what today’s families need, then adjust their home designs accordingly.
Take a look at the latest trends in new home design. You’re sure to find exactly what your family needs.
Home Offices and Data Centers
Employers and employees have embraced work-from-home strategies due to the pandemic. But most studies and home offices were designed more for occasional use.
New homes eschew the traditional Texas study in favor of multiple data centers suitable for telecommuters. Built-in desks in the kitchen and game area help dual-income couples who need additional workspace and children engaged in distance learning. Technology is also crucial, so homes are now pre-wired for high-speed internet with many builders including extra outlets, charging stations and home automation features that make working from home a breeze.
Light, Bright and Spacious
The only thing worse than being stuck at home is being stuck in a cramped home with little to no natural lighting. Builders know how to make a home feel spacious with high ceilings, oversized windows and outdoor living areas that flow seamlessly into indoor spaces. Such homes are light and bright with plenty of opportunities to enjoy fresh air.
More and more builders are building smart home technology into their homes. Homes featuring automated systems for turning on lights, adjusting the thermostat and seeing who is at the door add to the comfort and convenience of staying at home.
Multi-generational living has been a trend for some time and builders have responded by making these “homes within homes” more attractive than ever. Such spaces usually include a living area, bedroom and bathroom with the option of adding a kitchenette and separate entrance. Most builders offer these within the main home, but others are creating detached casitas and guest houses.
Kitchens will still include islands with counter seating and walk-in pantries, but you are going to see homes with a lot more counter and cabinet space as families continue to cook at home rather than eating out. Kitchens open to the great room may become less popular as homeowners decide they need to hide messy counters and sinks.
Master-planned communities are already popular, but enclaves like Santa Rita Ranch are set to become more in demand as people find look for places that offer hike-and-bike trails, parks, green spaces and other outdoor amenities. All-inclusive communities with on-site schools and retail will encourage neighbors to form tightly-knit neighborhoods.