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Post-Pandemic Homebuilding: The Changes Home Buyers Seek in New Home Construction in 2021

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In addition to exposing the fragility of supply chains and people’s deep-seated fears about a shortage of toilet paper, the pandemic has also floated the need for functional spaces to the top. Covid altered the way we look at the world, our health, and our homes. Homebuilders across America witnessed the shift in the vision and thinking of prospective homeowners and have noted the patterns that are driving new home construction. 

While dealing with material shortages and buying fervor, homebuyers are searching for a new construction home that accommodates the fluctuating and diverse needs of the modern family. 

So what’s changed in the way people want their homes? How has a global pandemic changed how we live?

New Construction Homes in 2021 — Trends and Forecasts 

The National Association of Home Builders began investigating this question as early as mid- 2020. Their surveys revealed that the average size of homes and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms are among the top changing features. That is not to mention the desire people have of spreading out, going out to the suburbs, and acquiring more space. 

A survey conducted with prospective home buyers about how Covid has changed the way they envision their new home revealed that for some people covid did have an impact. 

Home size remained relatively steady while 46% of people said that a home with four bedrooms was more preferable today. 

New construction homes also led the way in terms of overall sales. Experts attribute this to several factors, including economic and social factors. The lack of home inventory drove interest in the new construction and speculative home market, as it led home buyers to focus their attention on move-in-ready homes and homes with existing smart and eco-friendly features. 

Leading Home Features for the Post-pandemic Homeowner 

The post-covid world will have to move on. It will have to continue. Part of the continuation is the fact that people will move forward with their lives and look towards their future as best as they can. Despite the hardships, people will learn, grow, and adapt. 

Homebuilding always reflects that. 

So here’s a list (as compiled by NAHB)  of the features that are important for people in 2021: 

  • Laundry rooms
  • Exterior lighting 
  • Ceiling fans 
  • Energy star windows and appliances 
  • Patios and front porches 
  • Kitchen and double sinks
  • Walk-in pantries 

What does this suggest? A going back to basic mentality. 

Basics, of course, don’t have to be devoid of style and comfortable design. Most of the features are home-focused, they are not superfluous or decorative or flexing luxury. They are geared to enhancing productivity in the home. The homeowner of the 21st century—despite the access to a myriad of smart home technology, gadgets, and the like— is refocusing towards what emphasizes quality of life, convenience, and functionality. 

That is not to say, of course, that there is no room for improvement in the way homebuilders approach these features and functional spaces. As home builders, that’s what we try to do. We design homes that boost productivity and quality of life, at the same time that they inspire with original designs. 

Architects Weigh In on the Changes in Post-pandemic Home Design 

Architects around the globe spoke recently about some of the more profound changes that they had noticed in new home design. Two trends seemed to emerge in these conversations:

  • Embracing simpler lifestyles. And while this can mean different things to different people, it seems to manifest in an effort to maximize spaces of the home, utilize unused spaces (using the bottom of the stairs as a reading nook, for example), and increase the utility and functionality of every space.
  • Inviting nature into the home in clever ways. Whether it’s expanding window space, adding sliding doors, french doors, or an entire glass wall with views to the outside, the modern homeowners seek to invite nature in with natural lighting, high ceilings, large windows, skylights, and other features. 

Home Buyers Seek a Multi-functional Kitchen 

One place of the home that is seeing major change is also the kitchen. While the open floor layout continues to be the favorite, people want to increase the functionality of the space by making kitchens more multi-functional and modern. Many homeowners are not completely opposed to adding a little bit of privacy to what has traditionally been wide open spacing between the kitchen and living room. 

One way to do this is to add breakfast nooks, counters, breakfast bars, etc. 

Multipurpose and Outside Living Spaces 

In 2021, modern homeowners seek to make full use of every space inside and outside their homes. As experts predict, that fourth bedroom that ranked high on the new-features list is likely to serve as a home office, home gym, or other multi-purpose. 

There is also a focus on making outside spaces liveable, comfortable, and more dynamic. 

Quality Homes with Functional Floor Plans and Design 

As El Paso’s premier homebuilder, Palo Verde Homes works to maintain functional floor plans that are modern, flexible, and adaptable to the demands of today’s family. As our lives change, so do our living spaces and we always want our homes to provide the comfort you need to thrive and live happy and productive lives. 

Want to find out more about what we do and how we exceed all home building expectations in El Paso? Call us today and come view one of our homes!

 

America’s Top Ten Most Historic Homes 

Some people have the states and their capitals memorized like the back of their hand. But how many people can provide information about the United States’ most infamous houses and monuments? It seems that historic homes tend to be a bit lower on the spectrum of fame, but here at Palo Verde Homes, we appreciate how residential architecture has grown and advanced in part of these historic homes. Additionally, we want to keep our customers informed with every detail about homebuying, renovation, and much more. We take a look at some of the most historic homes in the United States and what they mean to the nation today. 

The Biltmore Estate 

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, this mansion was constructed by George Vanderbilt in 1895. It is known for housing approximately 250 rooms. Having spent six years in construction, the estate amounts to almost 8,000 acres worth of land; that’s large enough to fit four football fields! Visitors are welcome to wine tasting, dine, and stay in the hotels hosted by the North Carolina property. 

The Mount 

The Mount is located in Lennox, Massachusetts. Edith Wharton, a former author, took inspiration from British architectural design with hints of French and Italian when “The Mount” was birthed as a thought. Wharton ended up living in the mansion for eleven years with her husband before they decided they would sell it in 1911. The Mount was officially declared as a national monument in the 1970s, allowing citizens and tourists to roam the estate to learn more about Wharton’s life work and accomplishments. 

The Monticello

The Monticello of Charlottesville, Virginia is so famous that it is even taught in history and art classes, mainly at the university level. Thomas Jefferson is credited with creating this monumental piece. In fact, it is one of America’s longest-standing monuments. It went under renovation in 1796, where Jefferson lived until his death in 1826. Monticello now stands as a museum and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum is encompassed around Jefferson’s life and the site as a whole. 

The Langston Hughes House 

If you ever paid attention in English class, you might recognize this name. This house earned its name as Langston Hughes, a famous American poet, resided in this building during his time working. He lived in this building for twenty years, where he would write poems, playwrights, and novels. This building is located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home

Langston Hughes was the only famous American to have a building named after him. Martin Luther King Jr. was born in an Atlanta home that would soon gain recognition as he rose during the Civil Rights Movements. Alongside King, his siblings would also be born in the same house. After his assassination in 1968, the home was restored into a museum to highlight the life of King.

The Hearst Castle

The name says it all. The Hearst Castle is infamous for replication a fantasy-like destination one would see in a Disney movie. This building was owned by William Randolph Hearst, who is known for establishing the San Francisco Chronicle, was the one who pitched the idea of creating it. The Hearst Castle Stands as a center for arts, artifacts, and collectible items. 

The Graceland Home 

One of the most fun and exciting homes to visit, Graceland belonged to the one and only King of Rock, Elvis Presley. Visitors from all over the nation (and the world) come to visit Presley’s house to get an exclusive look at memorabilia from his music career and even some of his old vehicles and private jets! The mansion even has some rooms for rent for those who would like to enjoy a night in the infamous mansion. 

The White House 

Last, but not least, The White House is the most notable residential property and historic monument that lies on American soil. In all its white glory, the house was made with Croatian limestone. It took so long to complete that not even the first U.S. President, George Washington, was able to see it when it was finalized. 

Contact Palo Verde Homes For More 

When you come to Palo Verde Homes, we can ensure you’ll be walking out learning a thing or two about owning a home and creating one. Whatever your goal is, we want to support you with your endeavors. Contact us today to learn more about how you can get started with us. 

Finding the Right Spot for Your Dream House

a couple dreaming about lots for sale and their future homeAs a kid, you knew treasure was always marked with an X. Locating the X was simple, but getting to the X was hard. As an adult, it’s the opposite. To get where you need to go, you just hop in your car, step on the gas, and pray the police officer you just passed doesn’t pull you over for speeding. There are no treacherous jungles or fiery beasts you need to get through before getting your treasure; just a few red lights. But when it comes to finding the right place to build your dream home, you know navigating the various lots for sale around the city and choosing the best one for you and your family won’t come with an X on a treasure map. But just like the trusty sidekick in all the pirate movies, Palo Verde Homes is here to help! We have multiple lots for sale across the El Paso area, so you’ll be sure to find the one that’s right for you. Here are a few extra tips on how to do so.

Tip #1: Where is the Lot Located?

Driving around El Paso, you’ll probably see a couple dozen lots for sale, so it’s no surprise one of the biggest determinants will be location. Picking the best one for you will depend on your situation. For one, is it just you or do you have a family? If you have a family, finding a spot near good schools, parks, and multipurpose centers will be best for you. But if you’re rocking the bachelor/bachelorette life, finding one in the heart of El Paso’s night scene may be the way to go. Other determinants like where you work, go to school, or visit often can also come into play. Doing this will help you narrow down a side of town at the very least.

Tip #2: What is Your Budget?

While everyone dreams of having a butler and an infinity pool, your wallet may be telling you that those luxuries will have to come later. It is cheaper to live in some parts of town than others, so that can also help you narrow down a general location to look for lots for sale.

Tip #3: What Size Do You Need?

 

This is also circumstantial advice and will depend on the size of your family and how big of a house you’ll need. If you have six kids and hope for each one to have their own bedroom, as they say in “Jaws,” you’re going to need a bigger boat (lot). But if you have a small family or don’t mind pairing your children off in rooms, a smaller lot will do. It’ll depend on what size yard and driveway you’ll need as well.

Tip #4: Contact Palo Verde Homes

If you’re looking for a good place to build your future home, check out our lots for sale! We have lots all over the El Paso area and can help you find the best one to take the next step in your and your family’s journey!

The Most Exciting Things About Buying a New Home

young family looking at the new home Buying a new home is exciting for everyone. There are a lot of great things that you get to do when you purchase a brand new house. Especially if you work with a great builder like Palo Verde Homes to design your own home or to find a brand new construction house that is ready for you.  You and your family should embrace the excitement and enjoy the process of finding your new place to live.

Why Buying a New Home is Exciting

Everyone has their own reasons why buying a new home is exciting. A new home is an opportunity to start a new chapter of your life. You will have new neighbors to get to know and a new community to explore. Palo Verde Homes are in great location. There are nice schools for kids, and amenities like parks and shopping areas and restaurants. You’ll love to explore the area in El Paso where you move so you can find all of your new favorite local haunts.   

Other Exciting Things About Buying a New Home

Getting to know your new community is often the most exciting part about buying a new home. Although there are lots of other wonderful things that lie ahead for you as well. When you buy a brand new house in El Paso, you get to begin the process of making the home your own. You can also buy furniture or arrange your old stuff in new and innovative ways. You can hang up art, paint the walls, and make the home your own.

Making Memories After Buying a New Homeyoung family in a sketch of what their new home will look like

So, for most families, the most exciting thing about buying a new home is the opportunity to begin making memories. A family home is a special place that you and your kids will always remember fondly. You can start the process of making those memories right away when you move into quality new construction by Palo Verde Homes. Contact us today to learn more.

Mapping it Out — How to Choose the Right Floor Plans for You

floor plans rolled up and open with pencil on a tableFloor plans come in many different varieties. These wide varieties can create confusion. Choosing on one floor plan can be difficult. When looking over floor plans from Palo Verde Homes, it is important to remember floor plans are made for people like you.

Floor Plans Make Your Home Special

Each floor plan serves a particular purpose in light of making your home a special one, built to last and make you feel like you’re on top of the world.  Plans mark and label every small detail. This way, you will know exactly what you’re getting for your money. Since plans are so numerous, there’s a need for delicacy when picking the right one for you because there are so many factors to consider.  It is a process that must complete with a fine toothed comb.

Furthermore, Palo Verde Homes offer floor plans of magical quality to their customers. Complete renovation is available for each home. By choosing the right floor plan for you, you can decide which scenery you want to see as you gaze out your home’s windows.

Floor Plans Make Your Home Your Owncouple dreaming up their dream home

This originality also applies to the inside of your home, as well, where you can choose the floor plan that’s features fit your specific indoor living needs.  It all depends on which feature you seek.  If you have small children, there is a need for safety in the home. For this reason, it’s best to pick a floor plan with that in mind.  If you’re single and work from home, maybe you should look at a home with maximum comfort.  It all depends on your personal decisions when choosing the right floor plans for you.

If you’re ready to move on up, have a professional home builder by your side. Contact Palo Verde Homes today!

With Custom Home Builders, Your Dream Home Becomes Reality

custom home builders inside a home with blueprints in handPalo Verde Homes are custom home builders who serve El Paso residents to make their homes special. Our appealing designs stand out, leaving a magical impression on whoever gazes upon them. These homes are particularly good for military families or retirees. Our custom homes are wonderful starter homes for new families as well. Choose Palo Verde Homes as your custom home builder. You will have a plethora of options for your perfect home.

Full Control with Custom Home Builders

With Palo Verde Homes, you have complete control over how you want your home to look and feel.  With our floor plans and communities, you can choose where and how you want your home be.  You can choose to be fully involved with a complete custom plan. You may also settle for less responsibility with a semi-custom plan. Whichever plan you choose, Palo Verde Homes will be there to help you create the perfect home for you and your family. Regardless, you can choose all your home’s features to fit your ideals superbly. With paint choices, carpeting, and so many other wonderful options, the choice is yours. Choose Palo Verde Homes to build your dream home for you!

Choosing the Right Custom Home Builderscustom home builders at work on the walls of a house

As custom home builders, Palo Verde Homes knows exactly how to build your home to meet perfection.  We want you to walk into your new home and sigh in ecstasy with its brilliance.  Since you helped build your home, there is a special meaning to every nook and cranny within your new home.  With quality work and patience, the custom home builders of Palo Verde Homes will ensure your absolute happiness and joy when you walk into your custom home.  Indeed, everything will be made to perfection. So, would you like get started on your custom home?
Contact Palo Verde Homes today! 

Custom Floor Plans: From Designing to Moving In

Young family standing in their home with a custom floor planCustom floor plans give you unparalleled flexibility so you can make your home 100 percent your own. From designing to moving in, you can control every detail of how you want your home to look and feel. Palo Verde Homes builds beautiful houses with custom floor plans for home buyers throughout El Paso. Homeowners who decide on custom floor plans will notice the difference that living in a home they adore makes.

Custom Floor Plans Give You Flexibility

A home’s floor plan is one of the most important features. Although it might not be too noticeable at first, floor plans affect how you and your family live. A well-designed floor plan lets rooms flow appropriately. It should provide both public and private spaces. Therefore, a good floor plan should allow the home to feel comfortable and organized. 

Custom floor plans let any family have a home that is best suited for their needs. When you customize your plan, you can decide how much space you want to devote to entertaining, to cooking, and to other things you enjoy. You can add music rooms, spa baths, playrooms, or any other rooms that will make your house into your dream home.

Home is where families live and grow. The flexibility that customizing a floor plan offers will result in the perfect home that suits your family’s needs.

How Does Building a Home with Custom Floor Plans Work?A large living room within a home with custom floor plans

With custom floor plans, you have the ultimate say in the key features of your home. From designing where the rooms will go to how large the spaces are to what finishes you want in each room, it is all up to you.

Modify your existing floor plan or design and construct a customized floor plan that is 100 percent your own. 

Contact Palo Verde Homes today to learn how we can help! 

Builders Confess- Things You Should Always Check in a New Home

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Palo Verde Homes knows that building a home is a big decision. From start to finish, our builders include our clients in every aspect of the home building experience. We build each and every one of our homes above the standard to ensure that you enjoy your home for years to come. However, we also know that as a responsible client, you are going to want to inspect your finished home.

Always Inspect Your New Home

Deciding to build a new home is a big investment. When your  home is finished, there are certain things you should look out for in a new home.  When moving in, you need to check the walls and ceiling for any rot or fissures because those can give way to bigger issues within the home.  Check for leaks and cracks in wiring and make sure to locate the circuit breaker box to make sure nothing is blown out.  Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are placed in good areas of the house and that they work. There could be scuffs on the counters and stains on the floors.

Palo Verde Homes are Above Standards

When moving into a Palo Verde Home, there is no need for intense scrutiny.  Builders understand the caution needed to inspect a new home to clear it for habitation, so they are there as soon as you need them for repairs.  Palo Verde Homes is a respectable business with an intense loyalty to their clients, working hard to make your home magical and fit perfectly to you, so they won’t be offended or put out on by your intense inspection of the property.  It is important to make sure everything works and is in order, after all, and these dedicated and loyal workers only want what is best for you when moving into your new home.  They will help you repair and fix whatever needs updating or replacing within your new home so that you can start off fresh and happy in El Paso.

For more information on our custom homes, contact us today.