NAHB researcher Rose Quint has published a study examining survey data that reveal predictions concerning the characteristics of newly constructed housing in 2015. In general, she reported the following broad trends:
- The average, new single-family home will be smaller and have more green features
- The living room will either vanish or merge with other spaces in the home
- The “Great Room” is the likeliest room to be included in the average new home
- Low-e windows and engineered wood products are the likeliest green features
- A double sink, recessed lighting, and table space for eating are very likely in kitchens
The survey data also indicate that the average new single-family home in 2015 will be about 2,152 square feet, 10 percent smaller than the average size of a comparable home in 2010.
The report includes more details concerning structure characteristics and how the new home market is changing.