Good home design begins with an understanding of how people live in their homes. New home builders are offering plans and designs to meet the needs of today's consumers, using modern technology to build homes that are attractive, highly functional and feel good to live in. Often a builder's standard designs are just a starting point; many builders will customize their homes to suit homebuyers' individual needs.
Many new homes stress spaciousness rather than square footage—smaller, well laid out homes with all the details and amenities of larger homes. High ceilings of 9, 10 and even 11 feet, and sloped or cathedral ceilings, add to the sense of space. This also allows for larger windows that extend your home visually.
One of the more popular design trends is the open concept, or "the great room"—a large informal space for living, working, eating and relaxing. Partial walls, bulkheads, lighting and floor treatment help to define and add character to individual areas within this space. Depending on the size of the home, the great room may replace or complement formal living and dining rooms.
Thanks to great advances in windows and doors, today's new homes are light and bright, without worries about heat loss in the winter and overheating in the summer.
With today's open layouts, the quality and the finishing details of a new kitchen are done with careful attention to matching or complementing the surrounding spaces. Enjoy well-appointed, organized workspaces; attractive, separate eating areas; and great natural and built-in lighting.
New home layouts are designed to accommodate changing household needs over time. A den can become an extra bedroom or a nursery. Basement rooms can be converted to a home office or a family entertainment area. These and other FlexHousing™ approaches, pioneered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, build adaptability to life's changes right into the home at the time of construction. FlexHousing™ features can also accommodate special health and mobility needs—for instance, wide doorways and reinforced bathroom walls for grab bars.
Living in a brand new home is easy, by design. Look for direct access from the garage to the kitchen on hard-surface flooring; mudrooms with large closets; and a ground- or second-floor laundry room. And check out details such as extra-large pantries and built-in recycling bins.
A new home is designed with plenty of built-in storage to eliminate clutter: Ample closet space in bedrooms. Drawers, cupboards and shelving in the bathroom. Linen closets. And room in the kitchen for appliances of all sizes, pots and pan organizers and pantries.
New looks good, and that makes you feel good. Shiny, gleaming surfaces…clean lines…warm natural materials…pleasing curves…attractive accents…it's all part of the design and another reason why a brand new home is a great place to live.