New home design trends for 2021 – WRAL.com

Riverstone Estates; Photo Courtesy of Sadler Construction

Looking for a new home in 2021? You may see fewer radical changes in design trends but one thing is certain: you will look at a home with different eyes. We are all spending more time in our homes than ever before. Now it is more significant that our homes feature comfortable zones that provide meaningful space. With the current emphasis on working from home, virtual classes for our children, and Zoom meetings for everything from seminars to church services, dining rooms are now more often filled with computers than dinnerware, and bedrooms have become class rooms. We even look at walls and light sources in rooms differently since we need a decent setting for those virtual meetings.

So change is coming in home design in 2021. Builders are reacting to the new way homeowners are thinking about their floor space. “Dining rooms are becoming flex space,” stated Lewis Sadler of Sadler Construction. “We are adding French doors so they can be closed off if needed for virtual classes, study areas, or computer setups. Depending on the buyer’s preferences, the chandelier one normally sees in a dining room may be replaced with more casual lighting that better provides light for people working. Even rooms usually set up as offices are now flex spaces as home buyers may
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