As with most industries, the home construction business is ever evolving. I’ve seen it firsthand throughout the years that I’ve been building luxury homes in Fairfield County. Trends and tastes have a big impact on finishes and styles, while factors like efficiency and convenience affect building technology and materials. We see these changes across new custom home construction, additions, and remodeling jobs.
So what’s happening right now in home construction? What are homeowners looking for, and what types of amenities, materials, and finishes are we using when we build or renovate a home in Greenwich, Westport, Rye, or North Caste? In short, we’re still seeing demand for some of the bigger trends and amenities that started taking off a few years ago; however, we’re improving upon them.
The kitchen and bathroom are still king; however, the white, bright kitchen is prevalent. White cabinets are very popular. Lighter marble and stone countertops have replaced darker stone. Larger, waterfall and furniture-style islands are popular and create a communal workspace in the most popular room in the house. Kitchen lighting and whole-house lighting are getting a lot of attention as high efficiency becomes more widespread. We’re also seeing a lot of interesting and creative lighting fixtures, particularly in the kitchen.
Although there is always a demand for large square footage, we are seeing this trail off a bit in Fairfield County and Westchester County. More and more homeowners are looking to apply high-end construction, materials, finishes, and amenities to homes with smaller footprints.
Technology is playing a larger role. Although subtler than we may see in the near future, automation and innovation certainly can be found in today’s homes, and the appliances are state-of-the-art. For example, we’ve installed windows with impressive automatic shades with multiple shade settings. And there is more automation for lighting, garage and house doors, and alarm and entertainment systems. This is helping make things more convenient and reducing energy consumption.
When it comes to amenities, we are building a lot of the same types of spaces that we always have. Some things just don’t go out of style. There is still plenty of demand for a finished lower level, spacious pool and pool house, media rooms/home theaters, tennis and basketball courts, wine cellars, and bowling alleys. We’ve also installed rock walls and zip lines. The homes that we build are made for relaxing and enjoying with the family after the stress of a workday. Fun spaces and amenities help make the home a true retreat.
On the material and mechanical side, there is efficiency everywhere — particularly in the construction process. We build homes that are virtually airtight today, making them very energy efficient. And the HVAC systems, windows and doors, insulation, and appliances are super efficient, even compared to just a few years ago. Although luxury homes are less likely to incorporate solar, we do see it more today.
Tastes range fairly dramatically, but we are seeing more modern finishes being used in tandem with classic, timeless materials. The majority of home exteriors, however, in towns like New Canaan, Darien, Fairfield, and Greenwich have maintained the traditional Fairfield County look. On the flip side, we have seen a bit of an upswing in demand for modern architecture.
All in all, we always move and evolve with the times. We let the homeowners dictate the general direction, but because we’re in the business every day we can also help steer them in directions they may not have been aware of. The finished product is always a result of hard work and collaboration. We’re looking forward to seeing what the next 30 years brings.