The housing market has taken a huge hit in recent years, but although it is down, it is not completely gone. The recession has changed who is buying and building homes and how they are going about it. Right now, the market is aimed at first time home buyers, and they are out there. Although what they are buying and building is very different from what was happening a few years ago.
First of all the trend towards smaller homes is growing. People are not looking for the huge homes and the price tags that go with them, although they still want to have the same kinds of amenities you find in the big opulent homes. What is still same is the quality of the interior design with high end faucets, and granite counter tops even in smaller kitchens.
Another trend in new construction is being greene. This is not surprising with the high cost of energy. It is worth it to put the money in to energy saving tricks to help save money in the long run. The types of efficiency new construction is seeing takes the form of extra insulation in walls, and more secure windows. Enery efficient applicances are also being used in more areas of new and older homes.
The idea of what a kitchen should be is also changing in these smaller homes. The idea that the kitchen is the center of family life remains, but what is needed in them is changing along with the changing family. Since a family spends the majority of their time together in the kitchen you will now see charging stations for electronics built into spaces.
Homes are now built for efficiency and value. People are looking for a home that will help them to make their busy lives easier.