Millennial Design Trends: What First Time Homeowners Really Want

Millennial Design Trends: What First Time Homeowners Really Want

Contributed by Beazer Homes

Homebuyers under the age of 35 have seen a lot in their time: the expansion and recession of the housing market as well as the rebuilding of the economy. Millennials have waited longer to buy their first home than previous generations, but the tables are turning. It’s no wonder then, when it comes to home buying this group has strong opinions about what design elements should be included.

According to 2015 John Burns consumer research data the majority of first time homebuyers under the age of 35 consider the following design must-haves when buying a new home:

Office-(2)-(1)Defined Spaces: While open concept floorplans are still very popular, millennial homebuyers are drawn to houses that also offer dedicated areas for distinct activities (think formal offices, mud rooms, and large laundry spaces). After living in apartments and/or rental housing with usually only one living area, it seems most millennials are looking for “a place for everything” when deciding where and what to now buy.
Blend of form and function:
Today’s first time homebuyers are very savvy when it comes to shopping and selecting finish options. With exposure to seemingly endless sources of design inspiration, the ability to personalize a new home is non-negotiable. From the larger design decisions like deciding on a floorplan, to details like selecting a lighting style, having options is favorable with the millennial home buying audience.
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Outdoor entertaining options:
Many millennials are willing to trade a bigger yard for the potential to have an outdoor entertaining space. Whether purchasing a townhome or a traditional, single family home, millennial homebuyers are looking for opportunities to maximize their living space both inside and out.
No matter what your age the importance of thoughtfully considering how you will live in your new home can’t be underestimated. If you’re house hunting and unsure of where to start, be sure to check out Beazer Homes’ Lighting Advice for New Homeowners as well as the Progress Lighting Design Guide for more inspirational photos and new home design tips!