Residential Construction Trends that will Continue to Grow in 2018

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Residential construction trends have changed rapidly in recent years to reflect today’s lifestyle preferences, and the momentum is expected to continue through 2018.

Let’s take a look at some of the most desirable residential construction trends that we are seeing in today’s new homes.


6 of the Top Residential Construction Trends

  1. Multi-Generation Living

Unlike the generations before them, many young adults are choosing to live with their parents for a longer period of time. At the same time, modern medicine and healthier lifestyle choices are leading to a longer life expectancy. Put it all together, and you have people from several generations all living in one home.

Home construction trends of the past several years reflect this shift, and it has led to more efficient and beautifully constructed houses.

We are seeing an increase in in-law suites, also known as multi-generational suites, in new home construction. They are commonly located on the first floor of the house along with the laundry room and kitchen, allowing individuals from the older generations to move around the house without having to climb flights of stairs.

The suites are also ideal for young adults who need their privacy but still want the convenience and warmth of home.


  1. Mudrooms

Another home construction trend that is expected to grow in 2018 and beyond is the incorporation of mudrooms.

Often positioned off the garage, mudrooms include hooks and cubbies for storage of outerwear like coats, boots, gloves, and hats. More aesthetically appealing than closets, they can keep a house organized and efficient.

Mudrooms keep your home clean while making walking in and out of the house smooth and easy. They are such convenient and efficient assets that they have become a standard in many newly built homes.


  1. Enhanced Showers

You know that big tub in your bathroom? It’s very relaxing when you have the time and will to use it, isn’t it? But truly, how often is that?

These days, having a shower with enhanced features – such as seats, spacious shelving, steam features, and showerheads with programmable thermostats – is more likely to draw buyers.  For that reason, the bathtubs are being eliminated in some houses to make room for that gorgeous, well-organized shower or other amenities for the bathroom.


  1. Flex Room

Call it a flex room, pocket office, parlor, or the little library. It’s up to you because you can use it as you see fit.

Flex rooms that are being incorporated into new houses are especially ideal for additional office space; for children to complete their homework; as a meditation or silent reflection room; for children’s video games and play time; or even to elegantly showcase artwork.


  1. Second Kitchen

A second kitchen, commonly referred to as a “spice” kitchen, is a small, separate, contained kitchen within a home that is often used for very flavorful and at times aromatic, cultural cooking.

Second kitchens will almost always have a standalone ventilation system to capture any strong odors or fragrances, and prevent them from wafting into the main living areas of the home. These kitchens are very helpful when entertaining and can even double as an additional food preparation and storage space – keeping your main kitchen the clean and elegant showpiece of your home.


  1. Butler’s Pantry

Butler’s pantries were a common feature of estates during the Victorian and Edwardian ages. Today, they are making a comeback.

A butler’s pantry is a room that consists of a set of base cabinets and glass upper cabinets where a homeowner can showcase high-end dishware. It is typically located between the kitchen and formal dining room, serving as an elegant connector between the two rooms and the perfect spot to lay out multiple dishes for serving.


See Today’s Top Trends in Person

If you are in the market for a new home or are looking to redesign yours, visit our communities in Novi, Canton, and South Lyon to tour our models and visit our design center.

When you see examples of these residential construction trends in person, you will get a feel for how you can use them in your home. As an added bonus, these enhancements can add value to your home, whether you’re building new or renovating.

For more information, contact us through our Singh Homes website.

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