With an eye towards future decorating trends for 2015 there are certain categories we should pay attention to. This article will focus on new home design trends, specifically pocket neighborhoods that offer new homes by re-developing empty suburban tracts.
New Home Design Trends
Creating a sense of community is crucial in new builder developments, adaptability of interior space while creating a sense of privacy in dense, exterior spaces are the challenges that are being accomplished as home builders incorporate must-have’s that attract buyer’s to their developments.
The Builder’s Choice 2014 – Project of the Year features the Concord Riverwalk community located in West Concord, Massachusetts. Pocket neighborhoods like this one take advantage of redeveloping empty suburban tracts, in this case just under four acres and spaced about 15 feet apart, into an “an appealing, pedestrian-friendly community.”
The cluster of 13 homes face a common green and nest into each other. At the end of the row of cottages a fireplace and screened pavilion creates a communal space that can be used by the resident families for outdoor activities.
Large windows open the homes to southern light.
Kitchens are positioned on the north side and living spaces spill out to the south.
Smart design gives way to visual expanse of interior space with an offering of 1,340 square feet to 1,760 square feet complemented with a small front porches. Smart home, energy efficient qualities have fueled the popularity of this community that reflects the character of the town. Buyer’s that could afford bigger houses have been attracted to the project’s “low-impact mission, Powers says, resulting in sales prices that are higher per square foot than anything else selling at the time.” Sales prices run between $599,000 to $699,000.
Two cottages incorporate garages accessed from lower level.
As communities age, empty suburban tracts will provide increasing opportunities for appealing pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods that are a welcome re-development of vacant spaces.
Although developers tend to build to a broader middle of the market there is a market and demand for communities similar to the Concord Riverwalk. The adaptive interior space, proximity to urban communities and energy-saving features make this an attractive option for those not seeking a full-fledged house.
For more information, please visit Builder’s Choice 2014.
Architect: Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
Developer: Green Development or Production Housing