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Top Home Design Trends – In Demand for Years to Come

This is a newly compiled list of what consumers want in home design, which ranges from spa-like master bathrooms, to super-large kitchens, to beautiful outdoor spaces.

Smaller homes

Based on the results of a recent AIA Design Trends Survey, consumers are transitioning towards wanting smaller home sizes.  They are more focused on conserving energy costs.

Private outdoor spaces

The majority of homeowners want less maintenance and more private outdoor space for entertaining.

Better indoor/outdoor connectivity

Consumers want large floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors, so they can bring the outdoors into their home experience.  Since these features offer more light and access to private outdoor spaces, the interior feels like it extends to the outdoors.

Covered outdoor rooms

These rooms are covered and protected, yet they are open to the outdoors.  These spaces often include stone fireplaces.


Consumers want to include feature elements, which reflect their personal tastes and preferences.  This could be anything from kitchen products and bath fixtures to custom flooring in the overall layout of the house.

Supersized kitchens

Kitchens are now used to cook food, to entertain guests, for families to have conversations, or the place to do homework or projects.  Kitchen islands and seating capacity have increased and utility spaces and pantries have more room to store larger quantities of food.

More seating for media areas

Since most home TVs are now large flat-screen TVs where people can play video games, watch 3-D movies, have Internet access, and surf hundreds of channels, more wall space and seating is required in the design of the room.

Spa-like master bathrooms

Consumers are requesting bathrooms that look and feel like a luxurious spa in a hotel.

Large garages

Consumers are requesting larger garages so they can accommodate more functions ,such as additional bedrooms, a teenage hangout or band practice room, extra storage, and exercise rooms.


Seventy-nine percent of home buyers want more storage than what homebuilders provide.  By providing more closet space and enough closets, consumers are more motivated to move.

Home offices

Home offices are now becoming a need.  However, the typical office location which used to be near the home’s entry is no longer practical.  Consumers prefer to have it closer to the main living area and kitchen.

Grand entries

Consumers want design and drama in the entryway.  In the past 10 to 15 years these areas were built with living spaces above them, which takes away from the drama and design effect.  Consumers want more volume in the entryway space.

Dual use homes

Multi-generational living requires that homes be designed to accommodate parents or adult children.  Homes are being designed with lower-level living suites that have their own entrances, living spaces, and kitchenettes.


Homes need to be built with enough electric plug capability to accommodate recharging batteries for various technological devices.  Master bedrooms need to be designed so they can accommodate large flat-screen TVs.


Dog owners want built-in doggie doors, pet showers, and a storage area for pet related items.

At Long Lake, Ltd., we’ve built a reputation for providing exceptional value in the Houston homebuilding market.

Since new home construction in Houston and the surrounding area is our only focus, we are able to offer you more home for your money. To date, Long Lake’s affordable pricing has helped over 15,000 families purchase and move into their dream home!


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