Today, we continue our look at the hottest real estate trends of the year. The third contender represents a trend in society where we see websites that allow you to take off-the-shelf legal documents to use for your business, off-the-shelf websites services with ready-made websites you can adapt to your personal or business use and now . . .
3. Off-the-Shelf Blueprints: Buyers who don’t want to spend time or money for a custom house have another option. House plan companies offer blueprints that can be modified for site, code, budget, and climate conditions. There are many companies to consider, but the best bets are ones that are updating layouts for today’s wish lists—open-plan living, multiple master suites, greater energy efficiency, and smaller footprints for downsizers. Many builders will accept these outsiders’ plans, though they may charge to adapt them.
4. Freestanding tubs: Freestanding tubs may conjure images of Victorian-era opulence, but the newest options can show creativity and flare or simplicity and simple lines.
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5. Porcelain floors: If you’re going to go with imitation wood, porcelain floor faux wood is the choice in 2015. It’s less expensive and experts say it wears as well as or better than the real thing. Porcelain can be found in traditional small tiles or long, linear planks. Good places to use this material are high-traffic rooms, hallways, and areas exposed to moisture.
6. The Future is Here: Prices have come down for technologies like web-controlled security cameras and motion sensors for pets. We are seeing 2015 homes add a number of fun gadgets that we just can’t live without (once we know they exist).
7. Multiple master suites: Having two master bedroom suites, each with its own adjoining bathroom, makes a house work better for multiple generations. Such an arrangement allows grown children and aging parents to move in for long- or short-term stays, but the arrangement also welcomes out-of-town guests. When both suites are located on the main level, you hit the jackpot.
8. Fireplaces and fire pits. The sight of a flame—real or faux—has universal appeal as a signal of warmth, romance, and togetherness. New versions on the market make this popular amenity more accessible with more compact design and fewer venting concerns.
9. Wellness systems. Builders are now addressing environmental and health concerns with holistic solutions, such as heat recovery ventilation systems that filter air continuously and limit energy use. Other new ways to improve your health include lighting systems that use natural sunlight, swimming pools that kick chlorine and salt to the curb by featuring a second adjacent pool with plants and gravel that cleanse water, and edible gardens starring ingredients such as curly blue kale.