There’s an upside to being stuck inside our homes this year. After spending more time than usual in our homes, homeowners are evaluating every design choice, feature and overall how their homes fits their lifestyle. This renewed interest in our homes has led to more informed homebuyers with new must-have features.

Being a custom home builder, we’ve noticed some definite trends emerging from home buyers over the last few months. These shifts aren’t limited to interior design choices like colour schemes and what kind of handles someone wants on their kitchen cabinets. Home buyers are thinking bigger and looking at the floor plan, the layout and how each room is utilized.

Our priorities have changed and homeowners are demanding more from their homes as a result our lifestyles changes. As a result, we’re seeing new trends emerge in what customers want when they build a new home.
Here are three of the hottest trends.

1. Home Office on the Main Floor

top-3-calgary-new-home-design-trends-officeIt’s likely not surprising that one of the hottest trends is a home office. Even after workplaces return to normal, a home office is a must as many people want to work from home at least a few days a week and some plan to continue to work from home indefinitely.

While a flex room that can be used as an office has always been popular for Broadview customers, now there is now more thought and details being put into them. Requests have included added soundproofing, custom wiring, and incorporating different types of lighting.

2. Legal suite for parents

This year has reminded us just how important our families are to us, and keeping them close has become a new trend. Building a legal suite allows multi-generational families to live in one home while providing separate living areas.

Many people are discovering the benefits of this type of living arrangement. For starters, it helps save on housing costs. Initially, it may be looked at as a way for grandparents to help care for children or allows children to help look after aging parents who may not be able to live on their own anymore. But over time, many have found that it brings a family together and strengthens family bonds creating priceless family memories.

3. Second floor patios and rooftop patios

Homeowners spending more time at home means that they want more room and spaces to relax and getaway. One of the ways to do this is with a patio on the second floor or even higher up on the roof. It’s a way to maximize all the potential places in your home and a way to capture more outdoor spaces for you to enjoy with family and friends. Being up on the roof, you can enjoy nice breezes and capitalize on stunning views.

What’s changed?

As a result of these new trends, we’ve developed some stunning new floor plans to help customers easily incorporate these features into their new home. You can check them out on our website or visit a showhome and we’ll be happy to show you around.

Know that we’re constantly reinventing, revising and customizing our floor plans, so if you don’t see exactly what you want, just ask. We’ll work with you to ensure your new home is everything you dreamed it would be.