Airy, interconnected spaces that invite families and friends to socialize and relax inside or outdoors with ease – this is how Las Vegas homebuyers view using their new home space now versus 10 years ago.
The builders of Inspirada’s new homes are responding with floor plans designed for modern lives, according to Klif Andrews, Pardee Homes’ Division President – Southern Nevada.
Moving away from older styles that separate the home into formal rooms, new homebuyers want communal spaces in which to work, study and connect. In new homes, kitchens, casual dining spaces, family rooms, game rooms or bonus rooms and outdoor spaces are all designed to work together, Andrews said.
“We are offering all five of those spaces in our new, move-up homes. And in the vast majority of our move-up homes, the rooms are on the ground floors and interact very closely with each other,” Andrews said. “What’s missing from that list? Living rooms, formal dining rooms and dens are a lot less important.”
One reason for the change in design is the way people use technology in the home. Mobile devices, such as tablets and notebooks, enable any room to become a work or study space, and homebuyers expect their new homes to accommodate movement, flexibility and uninterrupted Wi-Fi. Andrews said this new element of functionality is inherent in Inspirada’s designs and is often absent from homes built as few as eight years ago.
What remains the same are the additional options that new homebuyers are selecting. Las Vegas homebuyers are still choosing personalized selections in cabinets, flooring and appliances in the kitchen. Also important to buyers are oversized patio doors, double sliders and pocket doors that merge indoor and outdoor living.
“This is a continuation of the indoor design trend of wanting more flexibility and openness to the outdoors that we love so much,” Andrews said. “That relationship with the patio is very important. Buyers are primarily interested in their backyards as an entertaining space. They want patio covers and outdoor kitchens, really cool decks and a nice pool. The backyard is viewed as another family room.”
Andrews also noted that multigenerational living options are very popular among Henderson homebuyers, but not for the usual reasons. The extra living suite, which is designed to be more private, is no longer solely for older in-laws, but also being used for returning children. Several Inspirada builders offer this feature, because “the kids are graduating college and coming back home,” he said.
Learn more about the new home designs at Inspirada here.