Building a post and beam home can be daunting. Heck, building any home can be daunting! It is always a good idea to have a “wish list”; the personal requirements and desires you’re looking for in a home. Along with that list, compile a hard copy folder and/or an electronic file of home features you like. The more prepared you are, the better off you’ll be as you sit down to design your new home.
Below are the features we’re seeing on many a client’s “wish list” in today’s post and beam home building market. I would imagine this list reflects what home builders and buyers across the nation are seeing, as well.
Post and Beam Kitchens
What’s In: We’ve discussed this room in many posts, as the kitchen is often the central hub of the house. Not just for meal prep, but often as a gathering place for family at the beginning and end of the day. As such , the kitchen needs space, and plenty of it. Today’s Yankee Barn Homes clients are incorporating high end appliances and over size (or sometimes two) kitchen islands.
What’s out: Long, narrow galley kitchens
What’s In: Hard wood flooring; plain and simple! Area rugs and broadloom carpets still appear here and there, but the hardwood of the floor is king. Tile in bath areas are still popular, but more and more,tile and hard wood vie for the title of “Most Popular” in the kitchen.
What’s Out: Different flooring in every room, dirty carpeting.
Indoor/Outdoor Living Spaces
What’s In: post and beam home builders today are looking to extend their indoor living space to the out of doors. Large, multilevel patios with outdoor cooking areas are one very popular option. Large sliding or French doors are utilized so the outdoor space may be access from different rooms in the house. Formerly indoor room features, such as fireplaces and TV viewing areas, are not uncommon.
What’s Out: Heavy window treatments which obstruct light and views.
What’s In: Most clients want at least three bedrooms; some want more. This makes sense in this day and age where multi generations are often living under the same roof, but requiring separate sleeping quarters. Please see our post on Next Gen Housing for more information. Most families need the space, either for family and/or guests.
What’s Out: A master bedroom which shares a bath with another bedroom.
Open Floor Plans, High Ceilings and Windows Everywhere
What’s In: If you’ve been a newer home recently, you’ll have noticed there is a huge demand for higher or lofted ceilings, an open floor plan with rooms that flow one into another, and walls and walls of windows. Let the light shine in!
What’s Out: Low ceilings covered in “popcorn” textures.
What’s In: Today’s client wants at least two full bathrooms, one with a whirlpool tub, a walk-in shower and two sinks ( in the master bath). Plenty of windows which provide for natural lighting and ventilation are also a plus.
What’s Out: Tubs which sit in the middle of a large, wasted space with the water spout in the ceiling.
Storage, Storage, Storage
What’s In: Large walk-in closets, often with custom built-in systems. Ample closet space for everything from sporting equipment to holiday decorations and craft supplies. The more storage space, the better!
What’s Out: Tiny closets with white wire shelving systems that yellow and rust.