To celebrate New Homes Month in April, home industry professionals share the latest design trends that will be seen in new homes built this year. Emerging market trends incorporate creative use of materials, features and layouts that provide the most use and beauty possible at a cost-effective price point.

“Despite the ongoing challenging economy, home builders are still delivering new homes with exceptional design elements that serve the current financial and functional needs of their home-buying customers,” said Barry Ruttenberg, NAHB chairman and a home builder and remodeler from Gainesville, Fla.

Here are just some of the hottest new home design trends shared by the industry’s leading home builders and architects at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. in February:

  • More Impact, Less Cost: Rectangular sized homes are the most cost effective way to go when building a home. To keep things visually interesting, builders are doing things such as using two windows in a corner with mitered glass to allow unobstructed views and maximum light to come in or using a mix of materials in the home’s façade.
  • Multigenerational Living: New single-family home designs reflect increased home-sharing among multiple generations of family members with “shadow” units that are built next to the home, separate living units that access the main home through a door or homes with at least two master suites.
  • Reworked Spaces: New homes are being designed to allow for multiple uses and family interaction in high-traffic spaces such as the kitchen. Window seats and alcoves are being used as private areas built into the home’s main rooms. Even laundry rooms are becoming more efficient by being added onto the master bedroom’s closet.
  • Expanded Amenities: Multifamily complexes are increasing the number of resident amenities to make up for smaller units. Fitness centers and entertainment rooms have been common for years, but new spaces include libraries and business centers.

he new home market is an attractive opportunity for any lifestyle. New homes feature the best in design trends, safety and energy efficiency plus current low interest rates and competitive prices are making new homes even more affordable.

The NAHB provides a wide variety of resources for home buyers. To see some of these new design trends incorporated into homes, see the winners of the 2011 Best in American Living Awards.

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