Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | January 17, 2010

Housing Trends

The Washington Post reported that the generation born from 1965 to 1977 are now in their prime home-buying years and they are demanding. They want everything in their future homes.

The average size of a single-family home will be 2,300 to 2,500, which is what we have now or is slightly smaller. Ceilings of 9 to 10 feet will become the norm, so will 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms, which is at least one more than the average home in the 1970’s.

High-end homes, those with 4,000 or more square feet, will have dual master-bedroom suites and will each include sitting rooms, ensuites and walk-in closets.

The family rooms within the average and high-end homes will be much larger, while the living room will continue to shrink. This they say is a testament to the popularity of casual entertaining.

The living space will become more open, airy and bright with larger kitchens and fewer walls separating them from the dining rooms or family rooms.

Recessed lighting will be the norm with white walls the thing of the past and colour ruling the day.

Homes owners will want more of what they really don’t need. Few people use their fireplaces today but as this new trend in housing changes, more of them within a given home will be in demand. They will stand as a status symbol and their lack of use will indicate some increased value like the work of some great artist hanging on the wall.

Garages will get larger, especially in the pricier homes. Even people who don’t have three cars will demand a triple car garage.

Technology will become an integral part of the home where the study is wired for everything from the computer to WiFi, smart systems and more. Technology will render a home accessible to everyone regardless of age or disabilities.

One national trend expert predicts more attention will be spent on luxurious outdoor spaces. There will be outdoor kitchens complete with sinks, refrigerators, and cooking islands within the upscale homes.

Last but definitely not least, “green” methods will become more widespread, where water conservation devices and energy-efficient appliances will be demanded. This trend we are already seeing here in Victoria with a number of “Green” communities under construction.

The West Hills Development in the West Shore area of Greater Victoria leads the way with their 6000 unit developement. There they have taken advantage of thermal energy for a community heating system. They have designed their own sewer treatment facility which recaptures heat from the waste and channels it back into the grid. Homes are constructed with recycled material and specific attention has been given to the carbon footprint of each home.

If you would like more information on these and other communities, please feel free to drop us a e-mail at darylashby@shaw.ca.

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