What are the BIG trends in the home building industry for 2010? Well, it may be a little surprising to find out that the biggest trend is downsizing. Traditionally, home buyers have been seeking spacious, lavish homes with all the amenities as well as extra rooms, like a home theater or present wrapping room, to complement their unique abode. However, this approach to house shopping may not ring true this year as changing lifestyles are now replacing what home buyers consider to be important or must-have features in their new home, according to this article from the Tennessean.

The economic downturn and hard times Americans have seen recently combined with future uncertainty may very well be what is causing the shift in trends. According to Illinois architect Heather McCune, this year’s buyer wants cost-effective architecture with a focus on space and layout, not on the number of rooms. It is expected that many buyers will opt for houses that are smaller than their current one, taking advantage of features like large kitchens that are open to the main family living area.

According to an annual survey of home buyer preferences, there are 10 “musts” for today’s new homes:

  • Large Kitchens with an Island and Granite Counter Tops
  • Energy Efficient Appliances and possibly Recycled Materials
  • Home Office/Study
  • Main Floor Master Suite
  • Ceiling Fans in Southern Homes with High Ceilings
  • Outdoor Living Rooms
  • Master Suite Soaker Tubs/Oversized Showers with Seating Areas
  • Stone and Brick Exterior
  • Community Landscaping and Walking Paths
  • 3 Car Garages

Maximize the 10 “musts” to retain value while decreasing the square footage. Now you can have the best of both worlds – a home that fits your budget and is also filled with the most popular design trends on the market.

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