Arguably one of the most important aspects of building and designing a home is the floor plan. With different lot sizes, different room configurations, and ever-evolving trends, the possibilities for floor plans and elevation styles are nearly endless.
To see what was popular last year and will be attractive to buyers in the near future, BUILDER consulted Aurora Zeledon, director of digital content and marketing at Zonda House Plans. With over 10 years experience in the pre-drawn plans industry, she sorts through thousands of blueprints every week to select the most interesting, innovative and marketable house plans.
Below are today’s most popular styles, most requested features, and needless additions. Also, check out their weekly home plans on BUILDER every Wednesday or tune in to their sessions at the Zonda booth, #C3019, during next week’s International Builders’ Show, including:
- The House Plan Look that Sells: Lessons from 2022’s Top Designs on January 31 at 3:30 p.m.;
- 7 house plan trends for 2023 on February 1st at 12:00 p.m.; or
- 5 things to remove from your layouts in 2023 on February 1 at 2:30 p.m
BAUER: Which pre-drawn floor plans were the most popular last year? What did they have in common?
Zeledon: It was the year of the modern farmhouse…again! This modern farmhouse was the best selling home design of 2022. It comes from Madden Home Design and was the #2 plan of 2021.
Across the rest of the best-selling plans, we saw plenty of front porches, white or light siding, and warm wood accents. Metal roofs or roof accents were fairly common.
The average square footage of what was sold was 2,051, with some garage and project plans in the mix. That’s about 100 square meters less than in 2021.
FARMER: Will the modern farmhouse trend slow down this year? What can take its place?
Zeledon: Modern farmhouses also dominated last year. Country style, in general, accounted for about a third of our sales, up from 29% in 2021. So no, there are no signs of slowing down yet.
It’s still unclear what will eventually replace it. I’ll be speaking to House Plan Zone designers Jonathan Boone and Rachel Watkins at the booth. They also think that farmhouses are not disappearing but are becoming more and more modern.
DEVELOPER: Aside from home offices and outside connections, what’s the top house plan trend for 2023? And why?
Zeledon: The House Plan Zone designers will be with me at the booth to discuss what they see as the key trends in Barndominium style, large garages, lots of storage, overall simplicity and more. You have to come by to find out!
For the record, I totally agree that the barndo look with a large garage will become even more popular in 2023. As for why, House Plan Zone designers say, “People’s perceptions of the simplicity and lower building cost of a barndo will see this style gain more momentum.”
CLIENT: What three features should designers eliminate from layouts this year?
Zeledon: Wayne Ramaker from Lifestyle Design Service will be speaking to me at the booth. He cites several features to hack: tubs and whirlpools in the main suite, redundant jumps in the floor plan, and walls around the dining rooms. We’ll also discuss the most common change requests his team handles.
CLIENT: What features and styles have just emerged and will likely be popular by the end of the year?
Zeledon: I’d go back to the big garage for this, as it’s versatile and relatively easy. House Plan Zone designers think pet showers in the utility room and a slightly less open kitchen are coming.
DEVELOPER: What exterior styles are buyers most inclined towards? The least?
Zeledon: Farmhouse is still very dominant at the moment. Craftsman second. Modern is weird. Along with Contemporary, it tends to remain fairly consistent at around 11% of sales, so not bad, but not huge. Tudor, Classic and Log cabins rank lowest for us. In principle, everything that is very niche and/or complex does not work so well.