Top 5 New Home Trends 2013

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services 0514644

Good thing I'm a realtor. Because I think about houses all the time. I shop all the time. I look all the time. I think about the next thing to do with my own home all the time. And, of course, I'm always thinking about moving. So good thing it's my job! Keeps me in one spot to be able to move everyone else around! But all the shopping -- addiction -- does keep my finger on the pulse. Since I've been shopping for my clients daily this spring, and always shopping for myself, I'd love to share what I'm seeing over and over as far as new home trends in DFW in 2013. What are new home builders doing? What are home owners doing to update, upgrade and modernize? What are consumers demanding most?

Top 5 New Home Trends - Spring 2013

1. The outdoor living spaceOutside Living Spaces

That has to be by far one of the biggest most explosive trends here in DFW today. It used to be just a patio. Then extend it. Cover it. Power it. Now get a pool and spa. Now it's just taken on another life with a fancier pergola or cover with multiple heights or dimensions, fancier lighting like what you'd use in the formal dining, kitchen cooking equipment, fireplace or firepit, seating, fancier furniture, TVs, curtains... outside! Very popular right now. Several of our upscale track builders and just about all of our custom builders in Texas are now creating outdoor living spaces in the back and then a 2nd area to the side, off the breakfast area, and then another one upstairs at a balcony area! I know this has always been a feature of the multi-million dollar homeowner, but it's now something you will see at just about every pricepoint here. Not just for Cleopatra anymore!

2. The wide open kitchen with the wide open island bar

Used to we were advertising chef's dream with island kitchen. Double oven. Built-in microwave. 42'' uppers... Now if that island doesn't stretch to the middle of the room and knock down those walls and open it up to the movie-size TV mounted on the wall of that living room, then it's not really a kitchen, it's a kitchenette. The big, open kitchen with seating at the island is super popular right now. Just about every home builder from the most affordable to the most expensive does this biggie-size island kitchen right now. Not an option for my 80s home, so....

Kitchen3. Colored and multi-colored cabinets with two different granites on countertops or different colors in the open shelving inserts

I can't make my floorplan modern in my 80s home, but I can do this trend with ease... paint those Ash, golden oak stained yellowing 80s cabinets! Stains are in, too, and I love stain! They are lower maintenance and when they are newly stained, the luster is gorgeous. But a lot of us have old, and paint makes them modern. I see a lot of French white cabinets right now in new homes and in newly remodeled homes. And I see a lot of other colors, too. And back to number two, I see a lot of kitchens with cabinetry that is one color and island cabintry another color. Or one color on bottom and another color on the uppers. It certainly adds interest.

4. Solid-surface floors

Solid surface flooring has been a hit for a while now in my area, but it seems the solid surface flooring is getting even more fancy with diamond inlay patterns fit for a castle even in more affordable areas of town. Used to we were so excited to market ceramic tile wet areas. Now ceramic tile is the economical choice and it's super hot to have handscraped hardwood or travertine or some other fancier earthy material. They are all beautiful and I love the trend of the longer-lasting, durable solid surface floor to the carpet that holds dust, anyday, myself, so I am happy to see that. Plus, you can always soften it up with a rug vs. wall-to-wall carpeting.

5. Mix up the building materials, patterns and colors

As mentioned in number three, it's ok to do one color on upper cabinets and another color at the base. Similarly, people are really going for more color on walls and trims vs. trimming it in white like a wedding cake all the time. And what I really love is the mix of building materials in and out. A front facade no longer is all brick or all siding these days. If you don't mix in some stone, wood trim, or some other materials, you pretty much didn't do a thing consumers are demanding right now. Here at home in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area the building materials in and out are a mixed bag and I love the look homes have in 2013.

There are plenty others: iron front doors, mud room/laundry room/second pantry combos, home office downstairs, media room upstairs, fireplace in the living and in the office and in the master... there are a few other things I see right now trending pretty heavily, but just to name a few observations...

Shopping for houses is so much fun! I hope you'll shop with me this spring!

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Kristen Correa Real Estate

Comments (14)

Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

Houses have changed dramitcally with kitchen still being King. The solid wood floors are very becoming & a spa type backyard with barbeque is everyones dream.

Apr 04, 2013 11:46 AM
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

If Sellers just adopt one or two of these upgrades it would make a big difference to their sale price and time on market. There are not many buyers out there who want to spend the time to update their "new" home.

In my area fireplaces are popular in the master bedroom with lots of views. I thought people slept in these rooms but I guess they are turning into entertainment rooms, so to speak.

 

Good tips thanks

Apr 04, 2013 11:46 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Jimmy, I find the changing trends here every few years so interesting -- they change so fast... Love Florida homes, too. Hope sales are good for you!

Apr 04, 2013 11:50 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Helen and Larry, isn't our job fun!

Apr 04, 2013 11:51 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Very good observations. My favorite has and probably always will be the outdoor living space. Food just tastes different and better when cooked and enjoyed outdoors.

Apr 04, 2013 11:54 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Sarah and Les, it's a tossup for me. I love everything about houses! Even the little, hidden treasures. But certainly there are things a builder shouldn't "miss" because "we all want it all!" And those 5 are atop the list, for sure!

Apr 04, 2013 11:57 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
The looks like an instant reblog to me. What interesting pointers!
Apr 04, 2013 12:09 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Cheryl, thank you for the reblog. Super sweet. Glad you enjoyed it enough to share it!

Apr 04, 2013 12:17 PM
Joan Congilose
New Jersey Properties - Manalapan, NJ
Helping Sellers & Buyers

Hi Kristen,  I like all of the new trends on your list. It makes me want to move to  or get an extreme  home makeover!

Apr 04, 2013 12:49 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Ooh! Joan! Extreme Makeover Home Edition did visit my hometown a few years back... whole other ball of fun to consider that, huh?

Apr 04, 2013 12:55 PM
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

These are all stunning and starting to eveolve in our Central Md area too......although the outside space can only be used half of the year.

Apr 04, 2013 01:00 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

We have some wild seasons here, too, sometimes 40 to 80 the very next day, but with outside misters, fans, heaters and fireplaces or firepits..... it extends the seasons both directions!

Apr 04, 2013 01:09 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
Kristen-some of those trends, like #3, have not made it down here yet. I guess we'll always be a cycle or two behind the big cities. Sounds interesting.
Apr 04, 2013 01:30 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Hi Wayne, you're in San Antonio? I bet if you pull MLS houses built 2012-2013 and look at about 20 in a row you will see some of these trending now. It's a fun change up. Hope all is well down there!

Apr 04, 2013 09:03 PM