The Evolution of the Home
The typical American home has evolved a great deal over the past 50 years. While past buyers preferred suburban, single-family homes, today’s buyer has different expectations.
New-Home Design Characteristics in 1966
- Builder and buyers prefer one-story homes
- Laundry rooms were located in the basement or garage
- On average, smaller home size
- The kitchen, dining room and living rooms were all separated
- Home energy efficiency was not a big consideration
New Home Design Characteristics in 2016
- The average home size is growing, with builders catering to higher-income demographic
- 60% of new homes have at least two stories due to millennial demand and an increase in multigenerational households
- Open-floor design is the new norm across all buyer generations
- New home construction emphasizes energy efficiency and efficient design
- Laundry rooms are typically located on the home’s main level
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