It’s 2015: What will your home be?


Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 1:42 a.m.

Eight years from now, what sort of home will you be living in?

Bigger or smaller? One story or two? ‘‘Green’’ or not? Formal living room or no? A survey conducted last year for the National Association of Home Builders among architects, designers, marketers and manufacturers, offers a look at what buyers can expect to find in homes in 2015.

The issues that will shape our homes in the future, respondents said, are accessibility for those with disabilities and those who are aging; an emphasis on technology; greener construction materials; environmental considerations; and changing demographics.

Buyers in the future will want ‘‘a modern, flexible, functional floor plan,’’ said Steve Melman, an economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington.

That translates as better-organized closets, well-thought-out garages, adequate storage and pantries or butler’s pantries, he said.

The big differences in homes in the future won’t be on the outside, he said. ‘‘For the most part, they’ll focus on the inside: the floor plan, the flexibility, the organization that works for owners.’’

As for the high ratings given to energy-efficient features and ‘‘green’’ building, ‘‘they want it, even in an average new home.’’ The question, he said, is whether a commitment to ‘‘green’’ will get traded away for affordability.

Take a peek at what your home might look like in 2015.

For the purposes of the survey, an ‘‘average’’ home was one of 2,434 square feet in 2005. An ‘‘upscale’’ home had 4,000 square feet.

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