Wisconsin Construction Trends: May 2020 Update

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Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

Throughout the years, the construction industry, and the trends that it follows, have changed significantly. While some key elements in construction tend to stay more or less the same, in other areas the industry needs to be adaptable to keep up with the changing wants and needs of consumers and other clients. So if you’re considering a change, but aren’t really sure what you want in your home, here are a few of the recent and upcoming construction trends to keep in mind.

Children’s Playrooms

A lot of homeowners with children have come to feel that their kids need a place to play when at home. While children can and will play anywhere, giving them free reign of the house can be nerve-wracking, especially when you have to clean it all up every day. Establishing a dedicated playroom helps to contain the chaos, confining the clutter to a single area within the house. It’s possible to use an existing room as-is for a playroom, but a lot of parents would prefer to do at least a little bit of remodeling to ensure that the room both meets their kids’ needs, and is optimized for safety and storage.

Ditching the Dining Room

Big formal dining rooms have been popular for a long time, though that popularity has waxed and waned over the years. These days, many households aren’t using their dining rooms nearly as much as they did in past decades. As a result, more homeowners are looking for other things to do with that space other than using it to hold a table and chairs. This has led to surge in remodeling to make better use of that dining room area, with homeowners opting instead to create nooks or other smaller dining spaces that can be used much more efficiently at mealtime.

Smart Home Construction

Once a thing of science fiction, smart home technology and home automation are increasingly popular options for homeowners. A lot of smart home automation tech is designed to be plug-and-play, with smart lights, smart thermostats and various sensors being available as aftermarket purchases. For new construction, though, more people are opting for integrated technology. Built-in smart sensors to track things like water leaks, open windows and various aspects of security are all popular. Other construction options such as built-in Ethernet and design that avoids Wi-Fi dead spots are also being requested more and more frequently.

Home Office Spaces

As people work from home more often, they need a dedicated area to do their work in. In some cases, this is as simple as moving a computer into a spare bedroom, but many home workers require more customization for their home office space. This can come in the form of additional storage or custom work areas, improved soundproofing or electrical work such as improved lighting and added outlets. Other home workers may want a custom outbuilding to serve as a “shedquarters” so that they have a work area that’s at home but separate from the house itself.

Smaller Room Designs

While open room designs have been popular for years, there has been a shift recently to smaller and more distinct rooms within the home. This doesn’t apply to every room, of course; for living rooms and some other spaces within the house, bigger and more open continues to be popular. And having other rooms with a more compact design can make these seem bigger by comparison, even when you don’t have a huge amount of floor space to spend on big open areas.

 


 

 

 

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Kris Collis, Associate Broker
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Bob, a good summary of how lifestyle changes and technology affect new construction.  People still want some privacy and are carving out smaller niches within their open floor plans such as the space under a staircase for a desk setup.

May 26, 2020 02:54 PM #1
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I find more clients forgo the formal living room, wanting a big open space with sitting, kitchen and eating area.

May 26, 2020 03:31 PM #2
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Bob it is interesting to see how priorities change for different generations.

May 26, 2020 04:14 PM #3
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James Dray
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Morning Bob.

I can remember when the kitchen was the gathering place, not so much anymore, it's the living room now

May 27, 2020 01:40 AM #4
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Maria Gilda Racelis
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Hi Bob,

I would prefer a small room(s) too within the house which could be designated as a hobby room or library. Or for something else when the need arises. You never know.

May 27, 2020 06:20 AM #5
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HI Bob Crane,

Great post.  For most of my life, I would always go to new developments and check out the latest trends. Your post confirms what I have been hearing and seeing.  My last new home in 1998, had a large den and kitchen and eating combo but the dining room was still part of the separate living room. We did have a game room but that dining area only got used on holidays.  It is so interesting to see the new trends as time goes on and family lifestyles change. 

May 27, 2020 07:44 AM #6
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Bob Crane  very valuable report about Wisconsin construction trends during  May 2020.

May 27, 2020 01:00 PM #7
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That was some very interesting data you shared...

Happy Wednesday Bob Crane 

May 27, 2020 09:04 PM #8
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks, Bob, for sharing this report.

We are among those with a nice dining room that is not often used. I can say the same thing about out living room.

May 28, 2020 10:10 AM #9
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Bob Crane - Your well-written post will attract many new buyers. The playroom isn't just for kids anymore. It seems to be desirable for the entire family. Having a dedicated area of the home for children to explore their creative juices or for an adult to have a studio, exercise room, or even a second office is trending and the concept is sprawling all over. That's why it's important to choose the right construction that gives one flexibility and the right real estate agent who understands and listens to their buyer's needs. In Stevens Point, WI buyers would be wise to choose you. 

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