5 Trends in Single-Family Home Construction

5 Trends in Single-Family Home Construction

As Frank Lloyd Wright put it, architects must be able to see the future to do their jobs properly. After all, it’s their job — along with designers, builders, and other stakeholders — to provide direction and creativity in the world of residential real estate. That’s why we’ve conducted a survey of construction trends that have been seen emerging this year; so that industry professionals can make better, more informed choices going forward, homeowners can get inspiration for new projects, and homebuyers can prioritize their needs and wants in today’s real estate market. Trends are created by people, not the industry itself. We extend a special thank you to those savvy, experienced contributors who helped us collect this data about the current state of the construction industry.

The folks at Fixr.com polled a group of architects and building professional for their insights on the top trends in single-family home construction. Here are some of their thoughts. See the original post here.

Emerging Home Design Trends

Keynote: Energy efficient and smart home designs are nearly neck and neck as the most popular design trends of 2017. In fact, efficiency features and new technologies are practically a must for all new home styles from builders.

What are the trendiest home designs for 2017?

Energy efficient designs lead to the pack in the type of homes that are being built right now, including passive design features. Following closely was smart home designs, which can be anything from a thermostat controlled by your smartphone to a wi-fi video doorbell. Sustainable design placed third, while universal design and modular or off-site built homes trailed far behind the leaders.

Most Desirable House Plans/Layout

Keynote: Open floor plans remain the leading trend in home layouts, providing more flexibility for homeowners.

What are the best floor plans for single-family homes in 2017?

It’s the open floor plan that’s really popular for the average single-family home layout right now. Single level homes are also slightly edging out two-story designs by a narrow margin, while the once popular split level drops to last place.


Exterior Facade Colors

Keynote: Home exteriors are cooling off with color trends moving toward gray, black, and white palettes.

What exterior paint colors do the influencers think will be the most popular 2017?

Cool colors like gray received the largest percentage of 4 and 5 ratings from influencers, and are popular across all regions when it comes to home exterior color palettes. Light colors follow, while dark colors aren’t getting as much attention this year.

Cool tones of gray, blue, white, and black are the most popular color trend for home exteriors throughout the country. Light colors, including white, cream, yellow, and pale blue, are also quite desirable. However, warm browns and reds, neutral beiges, and dark shades are some of the least popular design trends hitting home siding this year.

Home Safety Concerns

Keynote: Water damage prevention, flood safety, and mold remediation top the lists of what most people are concerned about when it comes to home safety.

For home safety concerns, the biggest perceived threat is flooding and water damage, with many homebuyers viewing mold resistance as a desirable trait in a new home. These concerns outpace other threats such as heat, radon, or electrical failure by more than 15%. Interestingly, childproofing features were noted as trendy by 45% of influences, perhaps aligning with the growing number of Millennial buyers with young children.

Green, Sustainable Living Means Energy Efficient Design

Keynote: Houses are becoming more energy efficient with more designs incorporating natural light and an influx of additional insulation throughout the home.

We asked the influencers both about consumer values when it comes to home choices, as well as the most popular trends when it comes to sustainable living in 2017.

Passivity is the key to green design right now, with things like natural light, solar energy, and passive solar design being among the top concerns of homebuyers. These types of changes pay off in returns without affecting the lifestyle of the owner, making them an ideal investment. Less popular green options included using recycled or reclaimed building materials, and thermal concrete flooring.

Outdoor Space Trends

Keynote: Usable outdoor space is a driving force for many home buyers, with porches and gardens topping the lists of must haves.

Porches overwhelmingly lead the way for homeowners’ ideal outdoor space. Many homeowners also want to see a backyard or garden, which came in a close second. Over half of our influences cited hardscaping as an upcoming trend, giving homeowners a more manicured look in their yard. Water features of any kind whether a pool or a pond bring up the rear of the group, and may be influenced by location.

Special Function Rooms

Keynote: Special rooms are becoming more common in all types of homes, with home offices and garages leading the way.

What special function rooms do the influencers think will be the trendiest for 2017?

The home office is far and away the most popular type of special function room requested by homeowners, perhaps reflecting the growing trend of remote working. However, both garages and guest rooms don’t lag too far behind, which provide homeowners extra space for visitors and their vehicles. The man cave, game room, and exercise room were also fairly popular within the 30% range.


Trends point the way to the future, allowing architects, designers, builders, and other industry professionals to create better, more valued homes. As you can see from these survey results, homebuyers are becoming increasingly knowledgeable, and understand exactly what they want to see in their homes. This means that industry professionals need to keep up with the latest trends to stay relevant with their clients. Learn from these trends and trendsetters to keep your finger on the pulse of the construction industry today, whether you’re a professional ready to exceed your client’s needs, a homeowner looking for inspiration, or a homebuyer trying to figure out the best value for your next purchase.


Topics: Building Green, Exteriors, Gardening & Landscaping, Going Green, Home Design & Plans, Thermal Envelope

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