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New home construction is starting to see a slight increase in 2012, while the size of a new house plan continues to decrease as homeowners look to live more efficiently. According to a recent survey by Professional Builder the demand for outdoor living spaces continues to grow as the size of new homes continues to shrink, so homeowners can maximize their living and entertaining spaces.
The majority of The House Designers house plans incorporate an outdoor living design in the blueprints that goes well beyond standard features like porches, patios and decks to include upgraded designs for outdoor kitchens, sunrooms, fireplaces, pools and patio and much more.
Creating an outdoor space is a much more affordable alternative than adding an enclosed area or building a home with a larger footprint. According to the survey, builders identified decks, outdoor fireplaces and landscaping as the top outdoor living features by consumers. More than 16% said a fully functional outdoor kitchen was a top selling feature, which is surprising since it’s traditionally reserved for luxury-sized homes.
One reason for the growth is the availability of high-quality, fully functional outdoor appliances and cabinetry that can withstand outdoor elements. As competition among appliance manufacturers increases to capture this new market, these products will become more affordable.
We’ve picked some of our favorite outdoor living designs from our best- selling house plans to inspire you to update your current property or if you’re looking to build a new home, these house plans are a great place to start.
This week’s of Home Ideas features an interesting article about the latest home lighting trends — recessed lighting is out and hidden track lighting is in; art deco remains timeless; green is hot for new home construction; large lighting and ceiling fans; metal table and floor lamps; organic materials; antique fixtures and multi-dimensional room lighting. Many of the trends go well beyond function and efficiency, to other aspects like style, because for most homeowners itâ€™s all about having a good-looking fixture to accent their interior design. Thereâ€™s also a cool design tip about solar lighting and an excellent read about how to create a contemporary look in your home by incorporating key elements like color, metal accents, texture, wood tone and lighting. For a great selection and pricing, you’ll want to visit LAMPS PLUS®.
When it comes to new home construction and home improvement most consumers are not looking for bigger and better, but rather higher quality and energy-efficiency so they can live comfortably without sacrificing amenities. That means that homeowners with 5,000 plus square footage and two occupants are realizing that heating and maintaining a home that size isnâ€™t smart or practical in these economic times, especially with the multitude of house plans available. No matter what your economic status, money is tight, home lending standards are very strict and with a sluggish real estate market, you may not see as much of a profit in your investment if you needed or wanted to sell.
So whether you are renovating or searching for homes plans to build your dream house, it is important to really spend some time thinking about what you â€œreallyâ€ need â€“ now and in the future. Join other savvy homeowners by educating yourself about the benefits of green building.