5 New Home Trends Moms Will Love

As a mom, there are some things that some of us just need in our homes. Whether that’s privacy for the work from home (WFH) environment, order for things that are by nature, disorderly, or a creative outlet for your kids.

Talking with Keith from K.M. Cash Construction in Virginia Beach he discusses with me three trends in new home construction seen this past year, that frankly, I love and you will too:

  1. Beach Lifestyle

Post Covid-19 Pandemic, there has been an increase in families moving away from apartment living in big, expensive cities. Redfin predicts that these results may be because people can now work from home which has allowed homeowners the option to build homes by the beach in Hampton Roads or on the golf course in Cape Charles at an affordable price. 

“A lot of our new homes are inspired by a seaside charm. It’s all about relaxation, family and home offices. Rooms now have the ability to be shut off with sliding doors so you can take that work call or close off the homeschooling room. People are spending more time at home and therefore they want to have flexibility in their new home. The home we build now needs to entertain, play, teach, work and relax”.  - Keith Cash 

During the first half of Covid I was working from home, and with two rowdy boys, the ability to close off areas to allow for our kids to play freely without being hushed, and for me and my husband to work quietly without being disrupted frequently would have been a game changer. 

It’s a critical aspect to new home construction and although open plan has been a widely appreciated home layout, since covid-19 we have been reminded of the importance of doors! 

  1. Home Office

Yes, Covid-19 did make working from home the new standard for many employees and thus this is now appearing on new home construction designs. Neil still works from home, and his company will never go back to the in-person model, so an office is a necessity for him. 

3. Outdoor entertainment

Wow, has this boomed during Covid-19. People are realizing how underutilized their backyard has been. It’s all about adding sunrooms, pools, firepits and outdoor patios. Keith works very closely with his clients in Cape Charles and Hampton Roads to build an outdoor entertainment space that will be enjoyed for years to come. 

“It’s great that clients are now adding outdoor entertainment to their new home build. Usually this is forgotten, or cut from the plans. At K.M. Cash Construction we work closely with our clients to design and build an outdoor entertainment area for family and friends to enjoy”.-Keith Cash

3. Herb Drawer

Let’s be honest, herbs and spices are always a challenge to store. I know I use them daily, and I can’t just tuck them away and forget about their storage issues. It needs a solution. 

Many parents are opting for built-in spice drawers in their new kitchen constructions. Some of these are quite creative and more importantly, solve the ever dreaded lifting up of every spice to read the label until I find the thyme.

When building your new home or renovating your kitchen Keith recommends a built-in sliding drawer with staggered raises. It’s a great solution to reading your herbs and spices, while looking clean and tidy. I love mine, and it was one of the things I knew I needed in my kitchen. 

4. Chalkboard walls

“When building homes for families with young children I often get asked to add creativity to their child’s bedroom. One popular addition is the chalkboard wall. Creating a fun environment for kids to express their creativity”.

Agreed! Here’s the thing. Kids are going to create. We can give them a designated space to do it, or we can end up with marker on the walls. (Ask me about the red permanent marker on my mom’s yellow walls… Whoops.) 

I have one tucked away in the kitchen. I use it to write the kids' jobs, tasks and schedules there. It keeps them involved and active when they get to check off their jobs for the day. It’s also a handy place to write down items for the grocery list. 

5. Technology

We all love our gadgets and now it’s moving into our homes. It's starting to feel like Disney's Smart House.

  1. Door locks to control access - yes when leaving the house with kids and a baby you don’t need to manually lock your door anymore. One less thing to worry about. 

  2. Home lighting - get those kids to sleep by dimming the lights using your cell.

  3. Security - forgot to set the alarm before going to sleep after a day of work and kids? Use your cell to alarm the house

  4. Heating and Cooling are all controlled by the phone. Kids wake up cold/hot? Now you don’t need to walk through the house at 2am to get to the thermometer - just grab that cell and open the app. 

  5. Grocery ordering via the refrigerator - moms dream! This simply sells itself.  

K.M. Cash Construction

I asked Keith where he is currently building new homes and he mentioned one of my favorite places - Cape Charles. Yes, this place is booming with tourists and many new developments are being built near the water and golf course. Best of both worlds! Yes, living in Cape Charles brings a lot of silence, relaxation and tranquility. Keith mentioned that many people are moving out of big cities and looking for a more calming place to call home. To see the houses that are currently under construction and for sale click here.