Some of the best ways to determine how homes will look in the future is to ask the source. Unfortunately, I am not the source, though I like to report current trends for housing, including luxury amenities for high end homes. This year the National Association of Home Builders took a poll of architects, designers, and manufacturers and asked them to provide a snapshot of what we could expect to find in the “average” and “upscale” home in 2015. Here is what you should expect to see in the near future:

Average Home

  • 2400 square feet
  • two story homes
  • 4 Bedrooms & 2-3 Bathrooms
  • One-story entry foyer
  • No lofts or cathedral ceilings
  • No more Formal Living Room, will now become a library or parlor
  • Nine foot ceilings on main level
  • Staircase in Foyer
  • Front Porch with Patio
  • Vinyl Exterior
  • Fiber-optic network
  • Master Bath will have tub and shower, with toilet in a separate enclosure

Upscale Home

  • 4000 square feet
  • Two Story Home
  • 4-5 Bedrooms & 3-4 Bathrooms
  • Two-story entry foyer
  • Two-story family room
  • Separate Library Room
  • Nine foot ceilings on main level and nine to ten foot ceilings on second level
  • Stone, brick, Stucco, or Cement exterior siding
  • Staircase in back of home
  • Outdoor Kitchen, fireplace, and audio equipment
  • Multi-zone HVAC
  • Instant Hot Water
  • Fire Sprinkler System

We are already starting to see some of these trends from local builders in the Twin Cities. Some home owners are updating their homes and already installing items like tankless water heaters, converting rooms into libraries, and adding natural elements to kitchens and bathrooms via stone and wood. Needless to say but 2015 will be here before we know it. I am more interested in seeing homes become more “smart” and using technology to its utmost potential. I guess we will just have to wait and see!

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