2020 was undoubtedly an insightful year as far as house plans are concerned. The pandemic prompted all of us to stay home more than we could've ever imagined. And even though it's now 2021, many of us continue to hunker down at home. Much like our Southern Living-Inspired Community, our houses have also become integral places where we live, work, and play.
We discovered and continue to embrace several new house plan trends that emerged from the pandemic -- and wholeheartedly agree with Southern Living's take on the biggest ones in 2021. Here's our $.02 on each:
Southern Living house plan trend 1: The home office
As a result of social-distancing safety measures, working from home is now an accepted practice. According to a Gallup poll, half of Americans who currently work remotely said they plan to continue to do so (even after business restrictions are lifted.) Harbor Club has fully embraced the home office trend. Several house plans at our Southern Living-Inspired Community offer bonus spaces that have the flexibility to convert to a home office during construction. We also found that "Zoom Rooms" have been particularly helpful for both adults and kids.
Southern Living house plan trend 2: Recreational space
Big recreation rooms that easily accommodate the whole family are back in favor. Even though there are plenty of fun (safe) things to do at Harbor Club during the pandemic, people sometimes prefer to stay home to enjoy hobbies, work out, watch movies, or simply relax. Having the space to accommodate those needs for various family members is a key to harmonious living.
Southern Living house plan trend 3: Outdoor living
While Harbor Club residents can easily enjoy a variety of outdoor activities (golfing, boating, swimming, fitness classes, and more), they are making better use of their outdoor spaces at home. We see an increased need for welcoming porches and patios that can be used for both functional and entertainment areas. Outdoor wood-burning fireplaces, fire pits, as well as outdoor kitchens and bars, are gaining in popularity too, making for lovely al fresco dining.
Southern Living house plan trend 4: Multifunctional, efficient living
We're seeing a "right-sizing" trend now more than ever. It's especially true for those whose kids have "flown the coupe." Parents are left with enormous homes that no longer fit their needs. "Right-sizing" is not about downsizing or living in tiny houses. It's about living well in a smaller yet luxurious home with thoughtful design details and better utilization of space. Our Cottage Series Homes are a perfect example. Even better, they come with landscape maintenance included.
Southern Living house plan trend 5: Multigenerational living
On the opposite side of the spectrum, we're also seeing instances where people need more space to better accommodate additional family members. Whether it's kids who come back home to live or senior parents who require extra care, these are the needs of today's modern families. In-law suites, garages with living space above, finished daylight basements with full kitchens and baths -- we're finding that homes with these types of features are in high demand.
Southern Living house plan trend 6: Hardworking kitchens
Last, but certainly not least, are hardworking kitchens. There's no doubt -- kitchens are the heart of the home. People always seem to congregate there. And due to the pandemic, families are cooking at home more than ever before. It's now a room that must be both highly functional yet aesthetically pleasing. The current 'top wants' we’re seeing are large amounts of counter space, enormous islands, bigger pantries, and open plans that connect to other rooms or outdoor areas.
If you're in the market for a home that includes any or all of these Southern Living home trends, give us a shout. Whether it's new construction or a resale, we'd love to help make your dream home a reality. Take a look at the current listings at our Southern Living-Inspired Community, and let us know if you'd like a tour of a home, homesite, or our community (virtual or in-person). We can't wait to show you how wonderful life can be at Harbor Club. Get in touch today.