Photovoltaics and galvanized siding are green features of this Kihei, HI home.
Photo:
Zillow

 

If you had asked someone in the 1960s what the home of 2015 would look like,
chances are they imagined something akin to The Jetsons’ home complete with
Rosie the Robot and other space-age appliances that dressed and fed the
family.

But, rather than space-age technology, the biggest thing that is expected to
change in future single-family homes is the size.

“Homes will get smaller,” says Stephen Melman, Director of Economic Services
at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington D.C. “We asked builders, ‘what do you anticipate
the new home size would be by 2015?’ ”

According to the results of the study, surveyed home builders expect new
single-family homes to check in at an average of 2,150 square feet. Current
single family homes measure around 2,400 square feet, which is already a
decrease from the peak home size in 2007 of 2,521.

While the decrease in home size has a lot to do with the recession, many
believe that the real estate changes will stick around even after the economy
and home values get back on solid ground.

This Sherman Oaks, CA home has a great room, encompassing dining,
living and family rooms.
Photo: Zillow

 

“Although affordability is driving these decisions, smaller homes are a
positive for builders,” said Melman. “It allows for more creative design, more
amenities, better flow. It’s an opportunity to deliver a better home.”

Home digital control panels can help manage security and energy
consumption.
Photo: Control4

 

Other things that make up the home of 2015? No more living room. According to
the survey, 52 percent of builders expect the living room to merge with other
spaces and 30 percent believe that it will vanish completely to save on square
footage. Instead, expect to see great rooms — a space that combines the family
and living room and flows into the kitchen.

Expect to see more:

  • spacious laundry rooms
  • master suite walk-in closets
  • porches
  • eat-in kitchens
  • two-car garages
  • ceiling fans

Expect to see less:

  • mudrooms
  • formal dining rooms
  • four bedrooms or more
  • media or hobby rooms
  • skylights

 

Many of these changes reflect a desire for builders and consumers going
green. Smaller space means more efficient heating and cooling. Ceiling fans
distribute heat evenly while skylights, on the other hand, release heat.

However, as builders look to go green, they’ll be installing energy-efficient
windows and compact fluorescent and LED lighting, as well as water-efficient
appliances and plumbing.

Additionally, many new homes will have the baby boomer population in mind
with walk-in showers, ground-floor master bedrooms and grab bars.

“A bigger share of the new homes will be purchased by people 55 or 65 and
older,” said Melman. “They’re more likely to have more cash for a down payment,
but they’re empty nesters, so they don’t need five bedrooms.”

 

WHAT WILL YOUR HOME LOOK LIKE?

 

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