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Comparing new home construction to resale shines a light on modern floor plan design versus that of days gone by. Today’s active, at-home family has requirements that are simply different than the needs of families past. Work from home, virtual classrooms, and stay-at-home socialization has made an impact on the way we use our homes today. Here’s a look at the top 10 in-demand features of new home construction.


1. Home Office
What may have been considered a luxury is today a necessity for so many of us. Work from home has become so prevalent that a home office is no longer an option but a requirement in most homes across the country. Not only do home offices have to be functional, but due to webcams and video conferencing, we also want our home office to look great. Who wants to show off their unmade bed or last night’s dinner dishes? Yikes!

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2. Decks, Patios, Outdoor Living Spaces
Having to forgo concerts, festivals, parties, theme parks, and vacations has put a real damper on our social lives. The saving grace is wonderfully designed outdoor living spaces. Decks, patios, screened porches, and outdoor cook spaces offer the chance to feel whole again. Invite your bubble to breathe in the fresh air, maintain safe social distances, enjoy yard games, and good times.

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3. Drop Zone
Even limited activities require each family member to keep lots of stuff. Backpacks, sport bags, rain boots, jackets, umbrellas, chargers, electronics – where to go with it all? A designated drop zone can help keep the family organized and functioning with ease. Plus, all that stuff stays out of view so your home looks neat and tidy all the time.

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4. Windows
New home construction is designed to allow loads of natural light into each living space. Natural light elevates the mood, makes spaces feel larger, and lends a warm and cozy feeling to your home.

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5. Main Floor Master
A private owner’s retreat on the main floor allows not only for convenience, but also a welcome relief for hips and knees at the end of a long day. The main floor master is gaining popularity as new home buyers factor aging in place into their new home floor plan design.

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6. Bonus Rooms
Reading nooks, home theaters, guest bedrooms, play spaces, and other bonus living areas provide a much needed escape from all the each living space to fit their own unique lifestyle.

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7. Flexibility
The function of a bonus or a flex room can change over time to meet the ever-evolving demands of a growing family. Today’s home office may become tomorrow’s dining room. The lower level rec room may become the college student’s apartment. The guest room may become grandma’s room. The situations vary from family to family just like the functionality of your new home. No matter how you personalize your new home’s floor plan, one thing is certain: your new Payne Family home will fit just right.

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8. Main Floor Laundry
Washing our clothing is not an option. So why is it that resale homes tend to shove the laundry facilities in a cold, damp, dark corner in the basement as if it’s an afterthought? That’s not the case in new home construction. You’ll find the laundry is positioned in a convenient location with easy access for the whole family to pitch in. The space is generous and brightly lit. Design your new home laundry space to include shelving, cabinets, a utility sink, drying rod, folding station, and more. The options are virtually endless.

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9. Energy Star Appliances
The kitchen is the heart of the home, but dated appliances tend to be noisy energy hogs. Today’s new construction homes feature a complete suite of coordinated and stylish, high-performance appliances that run quietly and efficiently. Appliances are built-in today not only in kitchens, but also in pantries, wet bars, home theaters, and more.

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10. Ceiling Fans
More popular than ever, today’s ceiling fans are designed as statement pieces as much as they are lighting fixtures and air circulators. Many new home buyers are opting to include a ceiling fan in the screened porch, the great room, staircases, and bedrooms. Ceiling fans look great and perform beautifully to keep natural air flowing through the home. Proper bracing is required for optimal functioning.

Used homes may offer some, but likely not all of these top 10 features of new home construction. Be certain to consider the price of remodeling and renovation into the price of any resale home before you buy. Time and money should be included in your estimate. Then, remember that new home construction is designed and built to your exact specification – no honey do’s required.