DIEGO — Buying a brand-new home offers many advantages
over purchasing resale, and one of the most important is
that new houses are designed for the way people live
today. Homebuyers are looking for open, flexible spaces
to suit a more casual lifestyle — and builders are
are some of the top trends influencing today’s home
the proliferation of television shows and websites
devoted to real estate, home décor and design, home
shoppers now arrive at a sales office with a list of
"must have" features that they want in their
the top of the wish list is an open concept floor plan.
In a National Association of Home Builders report
published last year, builders surveyed said the
kitchen-family room arrangement is completely or
partially open in 84 percent of their homes. In 54
percent, the main living spaces are completely open.
years ago, there was a thought that the desire for a
separate dining room may return, but that notion has
fallen completely to the wayside," said Tom Redwitz,
chief investment officer at The New Home Co., based in
Aliso Viejo, Calif.
than ever, buyers seek bright, inviting spaces for
entertaining, and the trend is pulling the majority of
shoppers toward plans with the lowest
not just interior walls that are vanishing. According to
a recent American Institute of Architects report, demand
for outdoor living space has grown by 70 percent since
2013. San Diego homebuilders CalAtlantic Homes, Shea
Homes, Pardee, Brookfield Residential, California West
Communities, and Toll Brothers are among the developers
that feature outdoor rooms in homes of almost every
price range throughout the county.
provide an indoor-outdoor living experience in denser
markets, the use of rooftop decks is soaring, as found
at Hallmark Communities’ 1125 South Cleveland project
in Oceanside. Across the board, exterior spaces are
taking shape as sizable outdoor rooms that are
functional year-round and are as much a part of the home
as its interior spaces. Shading and heating products as
well as audio and video technology make it possible to
extend entertaining spaces to the outdoors year-round,
adding usable square footage to the home.
Almeria, a luxury residential community in San Diego by
Pardee Homes, Robert Hidey Architects designed
upper-story private exterior spaces that can be closed
off as rooms or opened to flow out of the great rooms,
making them adaptable for hosting social functions of
various scopes and sizes. Downstairs, the kitchen —
which receives light from three sides — features a
wall that folds away at the sink and provides a catering
station for outdoor dining.
addition, the growing number of product manufacturers
offering affordable sliding and foldable window and door
systems makes it possible to create an indoor-outdoor
flow while still managing costs.
doors are being offered at nearly every price point
today. Plans that don’t include them — especially in
markets like San Diego with temperate climates — are
at a competitive disadvantage," Redwitz said.
more people enjoy the benefits of multigenerational
households, homes with ground-floor suite options are
increasingly in demand. Almost one in five Americans
live in multigen households, according to a Pew Research
Center report released in August 2016, and the number is
growing. In San Diego, more builders are offering
flexible floor plans to accommodate shifting family
the cost of housing rises, households are expanding to
accommodate adult children, elderly parents, and space
for a caregiver, and more," said Robby Thorne, CEO
of California West Communities, which recently unveiled
S.L. Rey in Bonsall.
of the four floor plans for the neighborhood had choices
for multigen living spaces — and the first two buyers
purchased the option, Thorne added.
Residential, CalAtlantic Homes, Shea Homes, Lennar and
Pardee also build homes with multigenerational living
choices that may also include universal-design features
such as zero-entry showers and wide, accessible hallways
and living spaces.
wants to tear down walls, replace flooring and paint
after they move into a home? Turns out, fewer and fewer
to Mike Moore, author and building industry coach, 53
percent of home shoppers prefer new to resale. The No. 1
reason: Buyers want the ability to be involved in the
building process and select options and upgrades before
they move in, instead of having to make changes to a
home after settling in.
every builder has a design center, staffed with
professional design experts and consultants, ready to
give step-by-step help along the way. The centers offer
design features previously only available for custom
homes, including whole-home control systems for
security, lighting heating and air; special home theater
packages; solar heating choices; and top-end design
choices for stone, tile, wood, and more.
savvy homebuyers know what they want, and builders are
listening, creating innovative homes fit for today’s
active families regardless of their size and makeup.