Top 10 Design Trends in New Homes Today

Real Estate Agent with East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia 0226005035

Thinking about buying a new home or renovating a major room in your house? Wonder what the top trends in new construction are today? Eric Sasser, President of Sasser Construction, and East West Realty recently shared what homebuyers are looking for in their new home and uncovered  10 Top Trends in New Homes today at a recent Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association seminar.

1. Downstairs master bedrooms or main floor living house plans

2. Details that are uniquely your own - Brushed and polished contemporary to rough hewn and reused, this will make for dynamic, timeless interior details

3. Renewables/ green energy efficient construction

4. Open plans - casual lifestyle. Larger center islands, larger kitchen and great room layouts, taller ceilings in areas like family rooms and sun rooms, built-in bookshelves, wider plank flooring

5. Storage/storage/storage- Drop zones, larger pantries, well designed shelving and cabinetry

6. The death of the formal dining room. Breakfast rooms are becoming larger or connected to a sun room

7. Walkable neighborhoods- homebuyers want walking trails or sidewalks.

8. Outdoor rooms that extend the living space of a home.

9. Thrive in place design - people fear nursing facilities more than death

10. More Contemporary/Modern clean lines in lights/faucets/appliances


Sasser also touched on some of his predictions with where he sees the direction of the new home industry.

  • The new home inventory in Hampton Roads is at an all time low with regard to new homes on the market for sale. Builders, however need to be aware of the new home preferences of today's buyer when building models for sale.
  • While the Craftsman Cottage style is still prevalent in our market, a more Modern Farmhouse style is hot. It's new and different, and appealing to many new homebuyers. Multigenerational lifestyles must be considered in designing a new home today. Sasser sees a trend toward communal cooking with eating spaces for friends and neighbors.
  • Sasser predicts solar energy will become mainstream within 5 years as manufacturers make solar panels more affordable to install.
  • Technology is also here to stay.  With the popularity of Siri, Alexa, Echo, google home, and Apple Homekit, you'll be seeing more home automation, facial recognition, and in-home cameras. People will demand more technology in their new homes.
  • Sasser also predicts more homes designed for the 55+ age market will become more commonplace- by necessity and by zoning issues (less cash proffers for localities for developers).


Sasser Construction is a featured builders in Founders Pointe and The Riverfront at Harbour View. Sasser has been a member of the Southern Living Custom Home Program since 1993 when he was one of the builders in Gatling Pointe.

Visit to find out more about  new homes in Founders Pointe, the central location and excellent school system in Isle of Wight County. Contact Donita Frantz or Mark Edwards with East West Realty for more information, (757) 238-9009



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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Mark Edwards ,

We are seeing many of the same things..the end of the formal dining..large dining in breakfast room..definitely master down with another bedroom and full bath down too. Large center islands and open easy living plans!

Mar 04, 2017 07:00 AM #1
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Mark Edwards These are very good top design trends for new homes.

Mar 04, 2017 09:56 AM #2
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Important information, here.   I wonder how these "requirements" will affect the character home market?

Mar 04, 2017 10:09 AM #3
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