What Will Ann Arbor Homes Offer in 2015?

Ann Arbor Home of the FutureOver the last few years, the economy has drastically changed and that has had an affect on how everyone views their financial situation. Ann Arbor real estate was affected as well and home buyers have a new fiscal outlook and the ‘bigger is better’ motto has gone by the wayside in lieu of being more conservative. Needs are outweighing wants for home buyers and this may give way to a new type of home building in the future. A new study by the National Association of Home Builders states, 'the lousy economy is the force behind the changing characteristics, features and sizes of homes to come, as well as the reason for the record low numbers of homes being built today’. The report predicts the following changes in homes by 2015:


  • Formal living rooms will be gone. Most homes now have a 'great room' which' typically open to the kitchen, and it has become the gathering place. You will see the living room replaced by a library or study.
  • Less rooms. Useless space will disappear. This includes 4th bedrooms, 3rd bathrooms, formal dining rooms, 2nd master bedroom suites, and media rooms.
  • Green/Eco Homes. Homes in the near future will focus on Energy Star ratings and include low-E windows, water efficiency, and engineered wood.
  • More accommodating for all. New homes will include design and technology to be more elderly, disabled, and child friendly.


We'd love to know what Ann Arbor homeowners think - do you agree with the NAHB’s study? What would you like to see cut from or added to the home designs of the future? We specialize in all types of Washtenaw County real estate and can help you find the perfect home or Ann Arbor condominium. Contact us today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com!



Posted Thursday, May 05, 2011 by Martin Bouma
Tags: ann arbor real estate, Washtenaw County Real Estate, Ann Arbor Homes, Homes of the Future, National Association of Home Builders