New Home Builders Weigh-in on Styles in DFW

We’ve talked about countrywide home styles before, but just what do Texas new home builders see as emerging trends, heading into summer 2016.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth property market, 2015 showed the best performance in thirty years. When the end of the year rolled around, Dallas was one of the country’s top construction markets according to new home builders’ statistics.

The top new home builders in North Texas are an amazingly busy bunch but were able to discuss some major Texas home building trends with the media.

Popular traditional style goes clean-lined

The ever popular “traditional style” is getting an easy-going, modern update as buyers are requesting cleaner lines, simplified materials, and less ornamentation.

How does this translate into design features? For example, cabinets are going lighter with simpler, smaller hardware. Staircases sport unembellished iron posts; fireplace surrounds have a smaller, plainer profile. Ornate carvings are a thing of the past.

Large, open spaces are still key but sophisticated and chic in their simplicity with high-end finishes, oversize steel windows and modern bathrooms.

The mixture of old world classic and clean-lined modern is a popular new home building trend. Even classical architecture is being updated, pared down and cleaned up. Nowhere is this marriage of elements better illustrated than in “barnitecture.”

So what is “barnitecture?”

Barnitecture is the buzzword for combining old and new elements together in a more rustic style and reclaimed timber is one of its key features. The salvaged wood is used for doors, flooring, outdoor living spaces, beams and accent walls.

Repurposed wood pieces taken from real barns are very desirable as are glass and metal interpretations of the real thing. Think contemporary materials combined with barn-type design. Sliding doors

Eco-friendly elements

Architectural features that create cooler homes, such as shaded courtyards and cross ventilation, are gaining ground. These old fashioned fixes, traditionally found in Mediterranean home designs, lessen the need for air conditioning in all but the hottest months.

North Texas has on average, 232 days a year of brilliant, hot sunshine meaning that solar power is a natural fit. For new home builders, the larger flat roofs provide ideal surfaces for solar panels. And as people worry about being as energy efficient as possible, solar power has become more popular.

Other home features that are high on buyers’ priority lists for new home builders are:

  • Statement entryways are huge and offer a dramatic, Texas-sized welcome.
  • Open-concept floorplans are more popular than ever.
  • New home buyers want to control of their homes with smartphone home automation
  • New home builders point out that comfortable, year-round outdoor living is a must
  • There’s a swing back to the center-stage bathtub as a design element for master suites
  • Steel windows and doors are in for a distinctive look and a sophisticated aesthetic.

New home builders are creating homes in the DFW area that mix the best of the traditional with modern materials and contemporary finishes.

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