Millennials, the creative and empowering generation born between 1980 and 2000, have affected the housing market in a big way. According to Inc., millennials make up 66 percent of first-time home buyers. Within the next five years, more than 66 percent plan to purchase a new home. Whether they are building or renovating, most millennials will agree that home design is one of the most influential components. Generation Y is majorly focused on function over size, although square footage does play a crucial role in overall home design. Here are a few key features most millennials are searching for when working with a home builder to design their dream home.
While older generations are satisfied with a designated living room, kitchen, and dining room, millennials aim to expand the function of their living spaces by creating multifunctional rooms. This could mean a spare bedroom turned into an office or a closet converted into a pantry. Multifunctional rooms are not just limited to the interior of homes. Outdoors, windows can be added to closed-off porches to create sunrooms and a BBQ station with outdoor plumbing creates an upscale extension to a home’s kitchen.
Personalization is more important than ever in our modern age. Many millennials want features that meet their unique needs, whether it is an oversized walk-in closet with custom-built shelving or a butler’s pantry in the kitchen with wine cooler and plenty of storage. When you work directly with a home builder, you have the opportunity to create customized home design plans that you are not likely to see in any other home. Customized interiors should reflect your personal interests and tastes while focusing on quality materials and craftsmanship. Personalization is key to creating a dream home.
Combined Decorating Styles
Millennials do not just stick to one decorating style. With home design being so extensive, it is now possible to blend a variety of decorating styles to achieve a one-of-a-kind environment. This generation is drawn to modern, contemporary designs with touches of warmth in the form of rustic elements. In the modern kitchen, you are likely to see sleek appliances and clean white walls and cabinets with cozy accents like shelves and a farmhouse sink. Current trends may also make their way into home design, such as the use of reclaimed wood, stones, and other natural materials.
As technology continues to grow by leaps and bounds, more and more homeowners are taking advantage of its abilities. Millennials have become accustomed to using technology at every turn and apart from their cell phones, many seek access to technological advances in the home. In modern homes you will find Wi-Fi-enabled technology built into nearly every electrical component. You can now easily control your home’s lights, air conditioner, heater, speakers, television, and appliances with the touch of a button. Many electrical components in your home can be connected to your phone or computer to control items in your home even when you are out of the house.
Millennials are one of the top generations to really focus on the environment and how our goods and services impact the world around us. This is why many homeowners now want transparency when choosing brands to work with. When working with a home builder, you may want to know about a company’s commitment to the environment and what impact your purchase may have. Many millennials search for materials that are eco-friendly and appliances that are highly efficient to keep energy costs down. They seek home designs that are sustainable to avoid waste and cut down on pollutants.
Millennials are working longer hours and spending more time away from home. This leaves few hours in the week to clean and maintain a home. For this reason, many younger homeowners aim for a home design that is minimal and low-maintenance. In addition to owning fewer items, homeowners often seek materials that require less care, such as faux wood floors or ventless fireplaces. Surfaces that need to be constantly dusted, such as built-in bookcases, are now avoided in favor of tablets which can be used to read books digitally.
Small Outdoor Spaces
While some homeowners still enjoy a spacious backyard, many millennials prefer the convenience of a small outdoor space. Instead of a large yard with tons of grass to mow, many young adults are attracted to small terraces or balconies supplemented with gravel and pops of color in the form of low maintenance plants. Instead of large backyard gardens, millennials often prefer to divide green roof space or a community garden where responsibilities are shared. To soak in the sun, a home builder will install glass walls, skylights, and large windows since they encourage the sun to flood the rooms with natural light.
Unexpected Pops of Color
While clean, white home design is still highly trendy, many millennials enjoy seeing vibrant pops of color in unexpected places. Accent walls are often used to break up a large room or to emphasize a stunning architectural feature. Color can also be found in the form of colored LED lights. These modern, energy-efficient lights are often installed in places you would least expect, such as a fireplace or shower. When it comes to color, walls, floors, and furniture are often found in light, solid colors while smaller pops of color are seen in light fixtures and other decorative elements.
Contact Us at Koncept Design + Build
Home design is ever evolving as technology builds and trends continue to change. Millennials are always in search of modern features that make their life cozier and inspiring. At Koncept Design + Build, we offer professional home design, remodeling, and new home construction services in the Northern VA area. Our custom home design process revolves around your unique vision and design to ensure a satisfactory outcome. To learn more about our home builder projects and design services or to start your project today, contact Koncept Design + Build by phone or fill in our short, convenient form online.