Planning to Build a New Home in 2020

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With features like zen dens, she sheds, dark exterior facades, and smart mirrors having made an impact in new housing and new home design in 2019, what’s ahead? Well, a number of exciting and imaginative trends are unfolding as we start a new year and a new decade.

So what can you expect in 2020? We have been pondering questions about open floor plans, family gathering areas, low-impact “green” houses, quality of lifestyle, the modern farmhouse, and environmental issues – and as it turns out, trend experts are ready to share their ideas.

The Plan Collection gathered data from architects, builders, realtors, contractors, and other experts in the housing industry for their predictions on design trends for 2020. Let’s explore some of the innovations that are anticipated to make their way into consumer homes within the next year.

What’s trending in 2020?
1. Sweet Suites
Consistently gaining in popularity in recent years, dual master suites are among the hottest amenities in new homes, according to Doug Schoonover of Schoonover Design Group. “Typically, we’ll include a full blown master suite on the main level of the home and then a more subdued, scaled-down version, usually on the same level but on the opposite side of the house – or sometimes upstairs,” Schoonover says. “We refer to these secondary areas as ‘princess suites.’”

What’s driving the popularity of dual suites? The most important – and obvious – reason is the flexibility they provide for a variety of living conditions. But there’s also the desire for comfort and luxury – and uniqueness: “Almost no re-sale homes offer this, and the concept appeals to many different buyers,” says Greg Dodge, Vice President of Design Basics

As multigenerational households become more common – and, with an increasing number of Americans sharing their space with parents, grandparents or adult children, builders are adding these dual master suites to new homes. Simply said, the extra master suite can accommodate the needs of an elderly parent, in-laws, an adult child deciding to stay permanently with the parents, two friends buying a home jointly, and both Baby Boomers and Millennials. They are basically scaled-down versions of in-law suites and are attractive when the need for that extra space – sitting room, kitchenette, separate entrance, etc. – isn’t there.

The demand for dual suites also comes from baby boomers who want separate suites to accommodate different sleeping habits or to avoid the other person’s snoring. And young couples who have different work schedules – or who want their own space – are going for them.


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