New Construction Home Trends - Is that Entertainment Center Old News?

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Real Estate Agent with Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ BR564219000
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I'd love to get your opinion on a couple of new-construction spec home choices.  What are the new-home construction trends in your area?

kitchen island with pendants

If you were building a zero-lot line single family residence for mainstream buyers in the $600-800 range, which items would you pass on that were once popular in the same community early 2000's?

I'm absolutely certain we no longer need built in entertainment centers.

entertainment centers

What about a technology hotspot for your multiple devices -- yea or nay?

Door on the room in your master bath for a private toilet?  Keep in mind this area is only big enough for you and the toilet, about 5 feet in length.

Flooring trends

What about the garden tub and master shower combination, separate from each other.  There isn't another tub in the house, either.  The floor plan has two bedrooms, with two bathrooms, and a powder room for company.  Both bathrooms have showers, and the master has the garden tub.  Outdated?  

master bath combo trends

Kitchen counters with the raised bar area for sitting and eating.  This plan has an area open to the dining room as well as great room, but not an eat in kitchen.  So -- breakfast bar or counters all one level?

kitchen bar trends

Last question -- In Tucson, hardwood is not always a popular choice due to our weather, sand, heat....often our flooring is ceramic or porcelein tile, slate, travertine. Early 2000, diagonally placed larger square tiles were big.   I've noticed many newer homes are going with subway style laid tile versus the wood look ceramic planking.  What do you think personifies 2019 for flooring choices?

 

Please share your opinions in the comments below!!!  Thanks!

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David Winter

Technology hotspot yes. Can you spec out one house with garden tub and one with larger shower and see which one sells quickest? Always "optional" as well if to be built. I think the raised kitchen bar is a little outdated and extended flat surface makes for cleaner look.

Oct 26, 2018 07:22 AM #1
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Cara- I can only give my personal input since I'm not an agent and don't work with buyers. I do see old massive media or entertainment centers going away with a look that is more streamlined. 

I would think that any technology feature would be welcomed. 

I would want a door for the toilet area.

I don't know who uses a garden tub anymore. And if seniors are buying, the tub may present an obstacle for them. A walk-in shower with a bench is practical. 

One level bar counters for me!   And as for flooring, I'd go with what is a regional preference. 

 

Oct 26, 2018 06:55 PM #2
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
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David - thank you for your comments.  Building a spec is definitely the challenge to appeal to the masses!  Unfortunately, when the money man only wants to start with "one" instead of three, we need to make smart choices.

 

Oct 27, 2018 07:23 AM #3
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
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Kathy Streib I definitely personally agree with all your hoices.  Jacuzzi tubs seem to have appeal but not the plain, "garden" variety.  I've already discussed the safety concerns with the developer and hope he gets on board.  Technology is the thing for ALL buyers, yes!  But how to put in enough to appeal to the masses, but still not break the bank!

Oct 27, 2018 07:25 AM #4
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Hi Cara- I think the "wants" are so local. Where we have lived, no one ever used their jacuzzi tubs. It could be that the weather here is warm enough for outdoor hottubs. 

Oct 27, 2018 12:05 PM #5
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                                Thank you, Cara. 

Oct 27, 2018 05:43 PM #6
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Have never been a fan of raised bars in a kitchen island. In my market, hardwood reigns! People do love a separate soaking tub and shower and I don't see those going away.

Oct 28, 2018 04:56 AM #7
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Good morning Cara.  Those built-in entertainment centers are now a big liability in the days of large flat screen TV's.

Oct 28, 2018 06:25 AM #8
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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I love hardwood, but we have such extreme heat here along the Colorado River, it's impractical and you can see in a lot of homes w big windows where they get sunbleached. What I am seeing is very cool groutless tile flooring that looks like hardwood. Entertainment centers, no. You don't want to be married to that spot. Toilet room? I never understood those. The raised bar in the kitchen is another thing I never got. If you're going to have an open floor plan, then have it open. That's a weird thing that conflicts with a dining room table. A lot of opinions from someone that doesn't do much residential, LOL!

Oct 28, 2018 06:54 AM #9
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John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
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Hello Cara, the bonus room home theater is still something of interest in houses over 5-7,000 SF.  I am seeing more interior designers specifying floating kitchen islands without the raised bar so lower seating is used there instead of stools.  I think this is an aesthetic issue because it may not be as 'functional'.  Tubs and showers can be next to each other as you show but I think more elegant when separated.  Doors to toilets in Master Baths allow two people to use the area without waiting, depends on the owner philosophy about these things but high-end homes definitely have doors.  Smaller baths may not have room for this.  A technology center is a good idea when out of sight.  There are so many wires and chargers that it should put perhaps in a hallway between kitchen and garage or another family trafficked area.

Oct 28, 2018 04:39 PM #10
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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I do think built-in entertainment centers are no longer needed. Built-in high quality speakers might be.

Home buyers do still want one tub in the house, although not necessarily a tub like the one in the photo. 

Here, hardwood flooring is still very popular so I'd say that one is regionally specific.

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