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Home trends in 2010

There’s no ignoring the fact that the state of the economy in the last couple of years has changed the way Americans not only spend their money, but how they live their lives. People are cutting back on entertainment, dining out and spending large amounts on luxury items. Everything’s been scaled down, and that trend also extends to the housing industry.

Read on to learn more about 2010’s leading home trends.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average size of single-family homes in the U.S. was down in 2009, as well was the number of homes with at least three bedrooms (2009 was the first year this number dropped since 1992!). Homeowners are learning that large, energy-sucking homes are hard to maintain and even harder on the wallet. But just because new homes are getting smaller doesn’t mean they necessarily have to feel small.

Square footage may have decreased in new homes, but homeowners still look for high ceilings. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor were one of the most sought-after priorities from consumers this year. A high ceiling makes even a small home feel open, airy and much larger than it actually is.

Another trend that makes smaller homes feel larger is an overall open floor plan. Kitchen/dining room/living room areas have blended to become one space (with architectural or design details that define each space as a separate room). That way, you never feel like you’re missing out on the action going on elsewhere in the house.

While the trend is skewing toward smaller homes, homebuyers still value the master bedroom suite, complete with walk-in closets and a master bathroom with separate shower and tub. In fact, walk-in closets have been reported to be the number-one feature to be included in new home building in 2010.

Every person’s home style and taste is different. If you’re looking to buy a home this year, what amenities does your dream home include? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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