Orlando homebuilder show highlights 2022 home design trends – Orlando Business Journal – Orlando Business Journal

Homebuilders are showing off in Orlando.
Home construction firms from around the world gathered at the Orange County Convention Center from Feb. 8-10 for the 2022 National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show. The event, along with the simultaneous Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, drew 70,000 attendees during the week, and highlighted the top trends in residential construction. 
Here’s a look at emerging trends in homebuilding and residential real estate for 2022. 
The average home in the U.S. shrank for five years between 2016-2020. However, the Covid-19 pandemic reversed the trend and sent many buyers in search of bigger houses as they spent more time at home. That’s why the average home size jumped up in 2021, from 2,472 square feet to 2,524 square feet, said National Association of Home Builders Assistant Vice President of Survey Research Rose Quint. 
Of course, that means new construction homes on average have more bathrooms and bedrooms. It also means they’re getting bigger outside the living areas. The number of homes with three-car-plus garages and patios both increased in 2021. 
Meanwhile, homebuyers and homebuilders alike have specific preferences for what’s inside the home. The five features a homebuilder is most likely to include in a 2022 home are walk-in closets, laundry rooms, great rooms (a combined living and dining room or family room), heat-reflecting low-emissivity windows and central kitchen islands, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. 
At the same time, homebuilders reported the feature they’ve seen the most increased demand for is a home office. The return of home offices since 2020 has been reported widely, but Lessard Design Principal Allison Paul said it’s often not a typical home office. Instead, home offices are often flexible spaces that also are used for reading, watching TV and places for children to do homework, she said. “The home office has been reinvented.” 
In Orlando, homebuyers are most interested in a home office, bonus rooms, outdoor space and, for buyers with pets, amenities like walking trails and dog parks, Christine Elias, Realtor and founder of Winter Park-based Urban Dog Group by Coldwell Banker Realty, told Orlando Business Journal
One reason Central Florida’s housing market was so strong in 2021 was a flood of buyers coming into the market from other states. However, the shuffling of residents from states like California, New Jersey and New York to Orlando didn’t just create demand for homes; it also sparked a need for new furniture. 
That influx of new people created a lot of demand for City Furniture, Vice President of Business Development Clint Fenn told OBJ.
While the economic fallout of the pandemic hit the Tamarac-based furniture retailer, the company expects its business to be back to pre-pandemic levels by April, Fenn added. Meanwhile, City Furniture, which operates four local stores, this year is expanding outside of furniture retail with a variety of services that include staging, moving and interior design. 
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