8 Popular Home Design Features For 2022

Dated: February 4 2022

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8PopularHomeDesign Features for 2022


There’sa lot to consider when selling your home, from the market andappraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, thatdesign is also a key factor. It’s often one of the first thingsbuyers notice when they walk into a home, and it’s also a detailthat you, as a seller, can easily control.


Accordingto Realtor.com’s 2022 housing market forecast, home for-saleinventory will increase from last year, as will the projected numberof overall sales.1This means, if you’re looking to sell in the near future, now isthe time to consider how you can stand out.


Updatingyour home design is one way to do that. Changes like new securityfeatures or upgraded siding can add value to your home now and behighlighted when you market it for sale later. To get the most out ofyour updates, focus on these popular home design features that willwow buyers in 2022.


Keepin mind, not all of these will work well in every house. If you planto buy, list, or renovate a property, give us a call. We can help yourealize your vision and maximize the impact of your investment.


Eco-FriendlyFixtures


Millennialsaccount for the largest share of current homebuyers, according to theNational Association of Realtors.2Sustainableliving tops the list of priorities for this generation. A recentDeloitte survey found that nearly one-third of millennialsinitiate or deepen their consumer investment in products or servicesthat help the environment—this also includes the houses they chooseto live in.3


Hereare a few eco-friendly designfeaturesthat will be attractive to these millennial buyers in 2022.Bonus, they cannet a significant return on investment(ROI)for you, as a seller,too.


    Energy-EfficientWindows:Heat gain or loss from low-performance windows drives 25–30percent of home heatingand coolingcosts, according to Energy.gov.4Therefore, energy-efficientwindows can help homeownerssave money.

    Low-FlowWater Fixtures: Accordingto the EPA, replacing your shower head with one that’s labeledwith WaterSense can save four gallons of water with each shower.5Doing the same with your faucet can save 700 gallons per year. Thisleads to cost savings and environmental support.

    NativeLandscaping: According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, 58percent of members report increased clientdemandfor native trees and plantsas a means tocombatbiodiversity loss from climate change..6Enhancethe eco-friendly appeal ofyourhomewith some native plants in the front yard.


WellnessRetreat Nooks


Thepandemic hashad a significant impact onmental health.For example, in an effort to prioritize mental health, many peopleare relocating to quieter, more peaceful homes, with 22 percent ofcity dwellers planning a move to less congested residential areas,according to the Home Improvement Research Institute’s (HIRI) 2021Insights Summit.7


However,no matter where you live, you can still intrigue buyers by jumping onthis trend. At-homewellness amenities,which were once viewedas luxuries, are now on many homeowners’ must-havelists.Indoorspaces that function as a retreat for wellness and self-carehave become extremely popular, according to HIRI.


Improveyour quality of life in your home with readingnooks, spa-inspired bathrooms, and exercise or meditation spaces.Even if yourhouse doesn’t have the square footage to section off an entire roomfor relaxation, making simple tweaks tonatural light, air purifiers, andindoorplants can helpyou feel better in your home now while enabling future buyers to seethe opportunity for their own space.


CalmingPaint Colors


Paintcolors that produce a calming atmosphere will also be a keyselling point in 2022. Soft earth tones and naturalhues will prevail thisyear, includingvarious shades of blue, green, brown, andbeige. Recentresearchsuggests steeringclear of trendy paint colors in favor of a more classic palettetobring the feel of nature indoors in a subtleandsoothing way.8


Infact,the sameresearchfound thatbuyersare often willing to pay an extra $4,698 fora house with a light blue bathroom or an extra $1,491 fora house with a dark blue bedroom. Another crowd-pleasing hue torefresh the walls with is BEHR’s 2022 paint color of the year,known as Breezeway.9


Thisshade of green with silver undertones was created to mimic sea glass.Asthe BEHR website describes it,Breezeway “evokes feelings of coolness and peace, whilerepresenting a desire to move forward and discover newfoundpassions.”


HomeSafety Features


Buyers want peace of mind more now thanever before. Accordingto a 2021 survey from the American Institute of Architects, membersreport seeing an increase in the popularity of these home safetyfeatures10:


    Emergency backup power generation

    Accommodations for multiple generations

    Wider accessible doorways and hallways

    Home security monitoring equipment

    Interior ramps and home elevator features

Consider how you can build home safetyfeatures like these into the design of your home to enhance yourquality of life now and attract more buyers later. For example, youcould install a backup generator in the garage and sell it with thehouse or update your major doorways to be wider.


Before making an investment in expensivehome safety upgrades, contact us. We can help you determine what willdeliver the greatest ROI for your location and goals.


DesignatedWork Spaces


Itmay come as no surprise that after the pandemic, 63percent of homebuyers want their next house to feature room for adesignated office, accordingtothe NationalAssociation of Home Builders.11In addition, 70percent of these buyers wantthe office to be at least 100 square feet (or a 10x10 room).


Ifyou can, consider turning a bedroom or a den into a work-from-homeoffice. When designing the space, make itboth functional and aestheticallypleasing. Position a desk near the window for natural light, installa bookshelf unit, arrange a few succulents on the work surface, andhang afewframed postersor a cork bulletin board on the wall. You wantthe space to foster productivity as well as be a place in your homeyou enjoy spending time.


Whenyou get ready to sell, we can help you highlight your designated workspace. Given the high demand for this design feature, it can help youinterest more buyers and attract more competitive offers—ifmarketed creatively.


LuxuryKitchen Retouches


Thekitchen has always been a main focal point of interior design,and that’s no different in 2022.Familieswill always need this space to cometogetherin their own homes.


Thisyear’s buyerswant a kitchen with new upgrades and retouches,but you don’t have to renovate the entire kitchen to make animpact. If you’re not sure where to start, hereare a few tips onhow to create a kitchen that buyers will love without spending toomuch money on renovations:


    Repaint the kitchen, keeping the calm andnature-inspired colors in mind that are most popular right now.Taking a kitchen from dark to light by painting cabinets and wallscan make all the difference.

    Update the hardware. These kitchen“accessories” stand out and add personality to an otherwisestandard kitchen.

    Update light fixtures to bring in morelight while also adding a fresh look and feel to the space.


UniqueAccent Walls


Ina recent interview with the National Association of Realtors, BrianSantos, the director of education for Fresh Coat Painters, explainsthat bold, unique accent walls are trendyright now.12An accent wallgives a home character while maintaining the calming feel of natural-and neutral-colored walls.


Santosalso explains that thisis part of a design aesthetic that draws inspiration from the RoaringTwenties, and it’s likely to remain a sought-after home feature in2022. Here are somebold colors to consider for your home’s accent walls:


    Solidblack

    Jewelor metallic tones

    Texturedwallpaper

    Paintedceilings

    Built-inshelves


If you’re planning to sell in the nextyear, talk to us before adding an accent wall. Depending on yourtarget buyer, it may be a design feature that actually hurts yourhome’s value. We can run a free Comparative Market Analysis on yourhome to help you understand what would resell best in yourneighborhood.


ExteriorSiding Updates


Anew exterior siding refresh is one of the most affordable renovationprojects you can do to help increase a home’s resale value. Theaverage cost isjust$12 per square foot, buthigher-end material options can push costs closer to $50 per squarefoot.13What’s more,thereare manysiding materials available,from fiber-cement,brick, andwood to vinyl,metal, andstone.


Whileallthese options caninfuse the exterior with character and add curb appeal,fiber-cementand vinyl deliver the highestROI. In fact, according to a 2021 Cost vs. Value Report, a vinylsiding replacement can boost resale value by $11,315 (68.3 percentcost recoup), and a fiber-cement siding replacement can boost resalevalue by $13,618 (69.4 percent cost recoup).14


Giveyour home thissimple, affordable, and attractive facelift before puttingit on the market. Ifyou’re not sure how to get started yourself, our team can connectyou with a trusted vendor to guide you through the process.


KeepTheseHome Design Features on Your Radar in 2022


Thesedesign features can infuse personality into your home whilehelping toclose the deal ifyou plan to sell in 2022.The average buyer knows just what they’re looking for in a spacethey plan tocall home, so with some investment and foresight, youcan give yourhouse an edge overthe competition—and boost resale value in the process.


However,you don’t need to make all these changes to attract more buyers. Wecan help you determine which design features you should add to yourhome by sharing insights and tips on how to maximize the return onyour investment. We can also run a Comparative Market Analysis onyour home to find out how it compares to others in the area, whichwill help us decide what changes need to be made. Contact us toschedule a free consultation!


Sources:

    Realtor- https://www.realtor.com/research/2022-national-housing-forecast/

    NationalAssociation of Realtors -https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/home-buyer-and-seller-generational-trends

    Deloitte-https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/2021-deloitte-global-millennial-survey-report.pdf

    Energy.gov- https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/update-or-replace-windows

    EPA.gov- https://www.epa.gov/watersense/about-watersense

    AmericanSociety of Landscape Architects -https://www.asla.org/NewsReleaseDetails.aspx?id=60427

    HomeImprovement Research Institute -https://www.hiri.org/blog/4-major-home-wellness-trends-from-hiri-summit-speaker-dr-jie-zhao

    Zillow-http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2021-07-15-Homes-With-Light-Blue-Bathrooms,-Dark-Blue-Bedrooms-Could-Sell-for-Up-to-4,698-More-Than-Expected

    Behr-https://www.behr.com/colorfullybehr/behr-announces-2022-color-of-the-year-and-trends-palette/

    AmericanInstitute of Architects -http://info.aia.org/AIArchitect/2021/0910/aia-interactive/index.html#

    NationalAssociation of Home Builders -https://www.nahb.org/-/media/NAHB/news-and-economics/docs/housing-economics-plus/special-studies/2021/special-study-what-home-buyers-really-want-march-2021.pdf?_ga=2.188050984.1824982414.1639512139-1247360189.1639512139

    NationalAssociation of Realtors -https://www.nar.realtor/blogs/styled-staged-sold/hot-home-trend-the-accent-wall-is-back

    Forbes-https://www.forbes.com/advisor/home-improvement/how-much-does-siding-cost-to-install/

    RemodelingMagazine - https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2021/

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Otniel Gil

Otniel Gil has been a top agent in Treasure Island, FL real estate for over 10 years. Prior to entering the real estate business, he was in the insurance & wealth management industry and his backg....

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