2016 Fall Parade of Homes

 Gonyea Custom Homes Woodhaven

Gonyea Custom Homes Woodhaven

The 2016 Fall Parade of Homes has came and gone in a rush of traffic. Sitting in a couple of  models over the course of the parade I've been able to hear perspectives and feedback from hundreds of people. 

With well over 1500 people passing through the models I sat in; what did we learn from all this traffic? What were people looking for or attempting to achieve as they toured home after home? Were they buying, selling, building, remodeling, or curious? "Yes". Yes to all of the above.

I will highlight the most popular trends that I saw and summarize at the end with list of standard expectations at a few varying price points. As always location and quality are by far the largest impact on home value.

The Barn Door

Barn doors have made their way into nearly every space of homes. They've replaced the traditional glass french doors, pantry doors, and more. They are found in multitude with nearly every use imaginable. I've seen rough rustic finishes as well as bright pops of color in a more contemporary feel. It works and people love them. Thank you Chip and Joanna I believe barn doors and their good friend shiplap are here to stay for quite awhile. 

 

Gray and Greige

Gray that looks blue, green, brown, lavender, cream, and even gold. These are all shades of gray even though you might not have realize it when you saw it in the room. The latest blend or shades of gray is known as "greige". It's light and quite stunning allowing the contrasting finishes to pop against it. It's the perfect warmth for any room and easy to see why greiges have taken the industry by storm. 

 Gonyea Custom Homes Village Preserve

Gonyea Custom Homes Village Preserve

Mixing Finishes

Gone are the days for matching woodwork throughout a home. You will see a blend of finishes from colors and textures through out. Rustic farmhouse, contemporary, and even traditional styled homes are seeing a blended combination. Cabinetry, floors, and fixtures are used to customize and accent a space to reflect the owners personality as well as the latest trends. If you aren't watching HGTV or the DIY channels you may be surprised to find all of the mixes. White washed woods, colored enameled cabinetry, iron accents, antique pewter, dark woods, and other unique finishes are being used right alongside the traditional brushed nickel and dark woods. It's quite complementary. 

 LVT on Pintrest

LVT on Pintrest

LVT

Haven’t heard of it? Okay I had to look it up. I have to confess I’m not a hundred percent sold on the idea. LVT is luxury vinyl tile that provides the natural look of stone and ceramic flooring with the resilience and durability of hard wearing vinyl flooring. I actually had to get down on my knees and look really close while scratching at the “grout” with my nail.  I seriously could not tell if it was ceramic or not. I do think for mudroom and even laundry area it seems rather practical. Where I’m not sold is in the bathrooms. I absolutely love the look of all the shiny glass tile in a bathroom. LVT may have a practical stand point, but it does not give me the ooo ah luxury feeling I want with that crystal chandelier hanging over my soaker tub.

The "Yes."

So the short answer to what I observed is that people want ideas. They want to see the latest trends and what is going on in the market. A large percentage of people were in the process of building and looking for ideas in making their selections. More were remodeling and looking to place their home on the market within the next fews years.

The most sought after and inquired about items were larger lots, main level bedrooms, and single level living. Dear Builders: BRING BACK the RAMBLER. There is a need and a huge market for the rambler.  It's in high demand and if the builders will listen we should be seeing more one level living within the next two years.

Expectations

Expectations vary per price point. I will use a couple of price points and list a few expectations that should be good comparisons for what you get per square foot and price.

800,000k

Granite, Quartz, or Silestone through out

Stainless steel appliance package with gas cooktop

Tile backsplash

Engineered hardwoods, LVTS, carpet up-grades 

Finished basement with wet bar

Tiled master suite bath

Seamless Glass Shower 

Dual zoned thermostats

Deck and Screen porch

Landscaping package

3+ car garage all openers

LP Siding all sides

Anderson windows 

4 sided architecture 

Larger lot

WOW factors, Customized extras- Built-ins, architectural features throughout, extra mill work, heated flooring in areas, larger spaces, smart finishes, audio system

525,000k

Granite in kitchen

Stainless steel appliance package

LVT

Plastic shower and tub inserts

Anderson, Pella, Simonton Windows one brand or a combination of 

LP Siding 1 side Vinyl 3 sides

No deck

Unfinished basement

1 garage door opener 

 

 

 

 

 

650,000k

Granite, Quartz, Marble, or Silestone through out

Stainless steel appliance package with gas cooktop

Tile backsplash

Engineered hardwoods, LVTS, carpet up-grades 

Finished basement with wet bar

Tiled Master suite bath

Seamless Glass Shower

Dual zoned thermostats

Deck or screen porch

Landscaping package

3 car garage

LP Siding all sides

Anderson or Pella Windows through out