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2020’s New Construction Home Trends

With aesthetically pleasing details and impressive new trends making waves in the building and design industries, right now is the best time to get your foot in the front door of your freshly built forever home, especially if you have your heart set on living in the Charleston, SC metro area.

Here’s what you can look forward to in 2020…

What you’ll find in floorplans

For the last few years open floor plans have been a big hit with Charleston homeowners of all stages: first-time buyers, families, and empty-nesters—and that isn’t changing any time soon. With kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms that flow seamlessly into one another, open floor plans allow a sense of “togetherness” while still achieving defined spaces in the house. According to, open floor plans that feel spacious while weaving in flexible, customizable spaces is key.” 

This brings up another growing trend: flex spaces. Current homebuyers are eager to purchase houses that have spaces that can be used in a variety of ways. One home’s office may be another home’s nursery. explains that flex spaces are “versatile rooms that can be transformed into different types of space depending on the wants and needs of homeowners. For instance, the space can be used to accommodate young children as a playroom or as a home gym or office.”

Design details diverge

While light and airy has long been the go-to trend, with a preference of wall paint, flooring, cabinets and counters to be various shades of whites and greys, new trend alerts are leaning towards warmer tones and pops of bright color. This of course is ultimately in the hands of the homeowner, who can customize their home to fit any color palette or material they want. Specifically, when it comes to materials, there’s no shortage of fantastic options for kitchens and bathrooms.

Amenities and ownership perks

Smart homes are all the rage right now, with Alexa, Siri and iHome products skyrocketing in sales. In fact, Smart Home Blog claims that the trends show that between 2019 and 2022, “experts estimate the global smart home device market to grow by as much as 11% annually.” Benefits of these include thermostat control, door security, music, calendar capabilities, and more.

Another continuing trend is the desire for eco-conscious living. Efficient ways to build environmentally low-impact homes include using materials and/or technology to reduce our carbon footprints. 

New construction eco-homes typically consider:

  • Complete wall, roof and foundation insulation
  • Tightly sealed openings
  • Energy-efficient HVACs
  • Water-efficient water fixtures and appliances

Finally, when it comes to the perks of homeownership, new buyers are looking to invest in energetic communities with close proximities to grocery stores, restaurants and entertainment.

Whether it’s exciting new restaurants coming to the area, state-of-the-art medical facilities, or a booming business culture, 2020 is looking like quite the year to get into your first—or newest—home in the Charleston region. Come see what Saussy Burbank has to offer in growing communities like Summers Corner, Nexton, and Kiawah River, and which floor plan makes the most sense for your brand new Charleston home.

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