The Maryland Movers present Hot Trends for 2011Even though the housing market may be down, houses continue to be built. New homebuyers want different things from their would-be new homes. The Maryland movers, your local Maryland moving company, wants to share with you a few of these hot trends for 2011.
According to MSN.com people are looking for smaller homes. "One big trend is the smaller homes," says David Barista, editor-in-chief of Professional Builder and Custom Builder magazines. The average size of a house fell from 2,277 square feet in 2007 to 2,135 square feet in 2009 according to findings from the National Association of Home Builders. "There are a couple drivers here," Barista says. "Buyers aren't looking for that opulence of several years ago; they're looking for something more modest, they still want the amenities and the spaces". Although, people are looking for smaller homes they don't want to sacrifice rooms such as a second bathroom or a kitchen. Basically this means that the number of rooms in a home aren't being cut, instead the size of the rooms are shrinking by 10% to 15%. The size of the kitchen and bathroom are decreasing for example. During the boom years, homebuilders were happy to build homes with bigger kitchens and bigger bathrooms, but this is no longer the case. Not all rooms are getting smaller though. Walk-in closets in master bedrooms and well built laundry rooms are likely candidates to repeat as popular features for 2011, based on findings from the National Association of Home Builders.
Another emerging trend is the front porch. The porch helps create a sense of community, which suburbs lack. Front porches are making a comeback, according to Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects. It's no surprise that a “greener” home is also a trend that's increasing in popularity. Energy efficiency, from builders adding insulation, to better windows, to Energy Star-rated appliances throughout the home, we're all looking for ways to be more energy efficient, thus “greener”. Also not only are we trying to be more energy efficient but we're looking for practicality as well. According to AIA, single-story homes continue to be popular. No upstairs, no downstairs, no worries because as the baby boomers age, single-story homes are much easier to navigate around the house, thus more practical.
Whatever style you prefer, whether it's a big mansion or a small home, be sure to call the local Maryland moving specialists to help you with your moving needs. All My Sons of Maryland are expert movers and are backed by four generations of moving experience. Our moving company is licensed and insured and is staffed with professional movers who have made a career out of moving. We serve different cities and communities in and around Maryland including: Annapolis, Baltimore, Columbia, Laurel , Mclean, Potomac, Rockville and Washington. For your moving needs, call the Maryland movers.