More and more homeowners are not looking to move, because they’ve invested a lot in their current homes and because markets for moving can be a bit intimidating. So what do homeowners (or renters) want in their current space? What, since they have to stay where they are, do they do to make it better?
Richard Taylor, of Richard Taylor Architects, gives us a clue from his personal experience of building many, many homes about what homeowners are looking to get out of their homes. His blog, Sense of Place, has tips for making a house a home in the best ways possible.
1. Remodel. For some, it’s just too tough out there to be looking to move, and for others they have already invested a lot in their homes and want to continue to make it theirs.
2. Under 3,000 square feet. Bigger isn’t always better – it seems that in his experience of late, owners want homes under 3,000 feet and are willing to sacrifice tons of space to have higher quality rooms throughout the home.
3. Lots of Light and Windows. Richard says that his demographic are in more rural areas with great views, so maybe that’s why. He thinks it could also be because big windows allow for a more casual look than a few formal cuts.
4. Get the Most out of Every Square Foot – no wasted space! Keeping with the idea of smaller spaces, owners don’t have as much use for dens, 2-story foyers or overly formal spaces. They just want to have high quality details instead of “useless” areas.
5. Energy Efficiency. This one seems like a given, but Richard says it’s more than just energy efficient insulation and heat pumps – it’s about building the house with certain qualities based on it’s environment, to make the most of what’s around them. This will save money in the long run.
Read the full post on Sense of Place
“You know you have reached perfection of design not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.