Are You Envisioning Yourself in a New Home?

Thursday, November 16th, 2023 at 1:17pm.

 As the time for holiday gatherings, gift shopping, and indulging in homemade desserts draws near, it can be challenging to carve out time to craft your home wishlist. To help you navigate the endless possibilities for your future home, we have gathered insight into today's home must-haves. Below are some desirable home features that buyers have added to their “Nice” list.

Art Is Imitating Life: Homes Are Embracing a Natural Color Palette:

Nature has been a dominating theme that is being utilized in multiple ways. For example, if you’re looking for a home with a pop of personality and warmth, natural textures and earth tones are favorable additions to enhance the home’s character. If you’re seeking balance and tranquility, wood tones, greens, and blues are popular color choices that incorporate influences from nature to achieve that feel.

Approaching Home Layouts from an Aesthetic and Practical Perspective:

A home’s layout doesn’t only provide functionality and comfort—it’s also crucial to establishing the first impression. Below are four factors to consider:

There’s a Shift From Open Floor Plans to Divided Spaces 

The pandemic has highlighted some drawbacks of open floor plans, encouraging a shift in appeal to layouts that allow for both division and connected spaces. This desire has prompted a resurgence in French doors, as their versatility allows areas to easily be transformed from open to private. 

Working From Home Has Taken Over the Dining Room Table

Main-level offices developed from dining rooms are also becoming a popular home solution, offering compelling work-from-home spaces.

Perfect Indoor and Outdoor Environments for Avid Hosts

Buyers are not only leaning toward features that are convenient for them but also for those they invite over. Some desirable elements that entice and accommodate guests include oversized kitchen islands and beverage bars. Large windows are also a popular choice, as they allow for natural light to flow into the space and invite guests in.

If you are looking to extend the longevity of your outdoor entertainment, maximizing your space is essential. Current homes are achieving this through the addition of patios, covered areas (awnings), and heat supplements. Screened porches, lounge areas, firepits, and pools are also ways buyers have taken their outdoor spaces to the next level.

A Home to Last a Lifetime

With the common desire to age in place, accessibility solutions are an absolute must to live comfortably and safely in the home for a long time. Buyers are looking for homes with timeless convenience, such as one-floor living options. Alternatively, buyers who want a little more division have been considering split-level homes to avoid large staircases, which limit mobility.

Sustainable Home Appliances That Can Sustain You:

Homebuyers are also looking towards the latest technologies to enhance their homes and the quality of life they experience within them. Features such as outlets with USB and USB-C inputs, quality lighting, and heated floors, as well as eco-friendly and automated features, have become more attractive and convenient for homeowners as sustainable features cut costs on energy bills. EV (Electric Vehicle) charging stations are also an option on the rise as they increase in popularity.

Elevators have also become an attractive addition, as their pricing has decreased, and they offer the opportunity for the home to support a homeowner who has experienced a change in physical needs. Incorporating ZLINE appliances is also a trendy, money-saving choice, and adds a luxurious look to kitchens.

The Takeaway:  

It’s important to carefully consider the possibilities for your future home and use the solutions of current homeowners as a starting point for your search. It’s an exciting time to buy a home with all of the options and advancements available, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

At Northrop Realty, we stay on top of the latest trends and technology to help you find the home that best fits your needs. While you’re searching for a dream home, you could be in the ideal home for someone else. We know how to maximize your home’s appeal when it comes time to sell, eliminating the stress of pinpointing the changing needs of buyers. When you work with our knowledgeable and personable agents, we will deliver satisfying results when buying or selling a home!

What are you looking for in your next home? Share in the comment section below what your favorite home features are!

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