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Home Trends for Growing Families

July 25, 2012

ImageThe two bedroom starter home you bought when you first got married just isn’t cutting it anymore.  You have kids now and need the space.  So what are growing families looking for when upgrading to a larger home?  Here is a list of home trends in 2012 for growing families:

  • Multi-purpose rooms:  Rooms dedicated to one purpose are becoming less and less popular.  Dedicated dining rooms are declining and homebuyers are looking for rooms that serve multiple functions.  These spaces typically are adjacent to the kitchen where functions such as homework, bill paying and much more are accomplished.
  • Open floor plans:  An open plan makes a home seem larger with an open sight line from the kitchen to living room/great room.  Living rooms are also decreasing and being replaced with a great room.  The great room combines the family and living room together and flows into the kitchen.  Higher ceilings from 10’-11’ also add to an open floor plan.
  • Jack and Jill bathrooms: Is a bathroom accessible by 2 bedrooms.  Instead of having one shared hallway bathroom, a Jack and Jill type bathroom allows for more privacy by residents.
  • Functional and beautiful kitchens:  They say the kitchen is the heart of the home.  So homeowners are looking for kitchens with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  Large center islands are also in high demand because they can provide extra seating as well as functional work space.
  • Larger garages:  Nowadays, the garage is not only used to house the cars, but “stuff” as well.  Growing families need a place to store bikes, lawn equipment and much more.  Garages are also being used in part as a “man cave”.  A space for dad to add a TV, couch and/or a small home gym.
  • Going green:  Energy efficiency is becoming a key concern for homeowners.  Compact fluorescent bulbs as well as LEDs are becoming more and more popular as well as Energy Star appliances.  Building codes have changed as making HVAC systems and insulation more efficient.  Installing solar panels are also an option builders are offering.

A house is not a home without family.  So find your dream house that you can turn into your dream home and make memories.

Primrose Acres in Monroe, NJ offers homes with an open floor plan, two story family room and upgraded kitchens with granite and stainless steel appliances.  There are also options for hardwood flooring throughout the house, Jack & Jill bathrooms or four full baths and three car garages.  For more information about Primrose Acre lots, contact us.

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