Custom Home Building Predictions for 2022

Posted by Jamie Kline on Dec 17, 2021 7:00:00 AM
Jamie Kline
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As we approach the end of any year, we always like to take a look back at the many homes we’ve helped our clients make a reality. 

From a practical standpoint, this annual evaluation helps us plan for the next year. The homes our customers design and build often include elements that are a good indicator of what we can expect in the next year. 

So what will custom homes look like in 2022? 

We have a few ideas.


Prediction: 2022’s Custom Home Floor Plan of Choice  

To get right to it -- what do we predict being the most popular floor plan for 2022?

The same as the last several years: the client-supplied plan!

The client-supplied plan taking the top spot again isn’t a surprise. As we’ve said before -- despite having a large catalog of floor plans to choose from, we’ve never built one of them. More often than not, our customers use one of our floor plans as a base and customize from there. 

A custom floor plan that you’ve created guarantees that your next home is absolutely tailored to your needs. What’s better than a home that’s designed for you and your family? 

As we’ve seen, the majority of the homes we manufacture components for, and our Barden Independent Dealers build are provided by the customer, whether they:

  • Found a plan somewhere else
  • Had a plan drawn by an architect 
  • Put their confidence in our in-house design team to create a custom plan from scratch

Prediction: 2022’s Most Popular Style of Home 

During the past few years, ranches have become the most popular type of home. We don’t expect that to change in 2022. You can’t go wrong with a ranch. 

Many of our customers are looking for a custom-built home they can comfortably spend their retirement years in. They’re coming to us to design a more compact home with flexible and functional arrangements.

Ranches check all these boxes. 

Like all Barden homes, ranches are easily customizable. Despite being one story, ranches can be designed for:

Our Dawson and Onondaga floor plans are great examples of ranches designed to be your forever home. 

We’re also expecting two-story homes to remain the second-most-popular type of home, especially among those with growing families.  

Clients pursuing two-story home design floor plans to maximize functional space and common family areas while minimizing total footprint and square footage. They’re often ditching formal dining rooms used once a year for spacious kitchens or living rooms that comfortably fit the entire family. 

Prediction: The Must-Have Custom Home Features

As we’ve seen in some of the more recent homes our Independent Dealers have built, there are a few popular features clients are including in their custom homes. 

  1. Communal spaces: Perhaps driven by the pandemic forcing us to spend more time at home than ever, large areas inside a home to gather in are now almost standard in custom floor plans. Characterized as large, open rooms, communal spaces provide a common area for families to gather and serve as the focal point of a home.  

  2. First-floor master bedroom: Providing easier access to a home’s key amenities, first-floor master bedrooms future proof a house for homeowners who plan to grow old in their residence. Down the road, there won’t be a need to completely rearrange a living space or find a new home that more accessible. What’s more, in two-story homes, a first-floor master bedroom provides a degree of separation -- and privacy -- from second-floor bedrooms (the kids’ rooms).  

  3. Finished basement: Another home trend that’s partially pandemic-inspired, a finished basement maxes out living space in an existing floor plan. A bonus room of sorts, finished basements are used for multiple purposes, such as:
    • An enternainment room
    • Home offices
    • Home gyms
    • Guestrooms

Looking Ahead to Custom Home Building in 2022

As we look forward to the next year of building, we’re eager to get to work with our next clients on their custom-built homes. So are our Barden Independent Dealers

Regardless of the type of home or its customization elements, it’s always a rewarding experience for our in-house design team to help a future homeowner take their next home from concept to design. 

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