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Fall 2019 DesignLens Trends Update

Each year, our team visits thousands of new home communities and masterplans and selects 84 innovative and inspirational developments to photograph and analyze. We also invite the most innovative people we know to our collaborative Housing Design Summit each February, …

2019 Design Trends

In a recent DesignLens™ client webinar titled Designing Architecture, Interiors, and Landscaping for the New Decade, Renee Labbe from Broadside Studios summarized top housing design trends. Here are great examples of each from our DesignLens™ database, where we curate and …

4 Cultural Crossovers to Improve Sales

In a recent webinar for our DesignLens™ clients titled Cultural Crossover 2020, Susan Yashinsky from Sphere Trending summarized four cultural shifts that builders and developers should incorporate in their designs. For our DesignLens™ members, we identify and analyze eight innovations each …

Surban: The Next Big Change to the American Landscape

The residential construction industry is shifting away from the suburban template that exploded in popularity in the 1950s to a new template we call surban™. In the analysis below, we will show you some thriving new home development examples and …

The Gen X Pivot: Fewer Sales, Better Design

Gen X is attracting a lot less attention from home builders these days. In the last four years, 11 publicly traded home builders have announced a new entry-level brand, and another 6 builders have announced a new retirement brand. The …

The Rise of Modern Styles

Three completely independent sources confirm that new home buyers increasingly prefer modern home styles: New home shoppers. 30% of the new home shoppers in our recently completed 2018 Consumer Insights survey prefer a modern exterior style, and 36% prefer a …

Increased Pet Ownership Inspires New Design Trends

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles Schultz Several of the best-selling new home designs we found this year incorporate specific spaces designed for pets. More than half of US households own a pet, led by 71% of Vermont households. …