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Expansive outdoor living, spa-like bathrooms, and designated home offices are here to stay, according to industry experts in a recent article from Home gyms have fallen in popularity as well as larger new homes that allowed homeowners to spread out during pandemic days.

The average size of a new home today is about 10% (260 square feet) smaller than it was in the years leading up to 2020, according to Ali Wolf, chief economist of the building consultancy Zonda.

“People don’t want these big, soaring, open spaces like they used to. They’ve realized: You’ve got to maintain it,” says Angela Visbeen, director of sales and marketing at Visbeen Architects, an international firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. “People are looking for smaller, but smarter home designs.”

‘Flex space’ has become the must-have home amenity.

Smaller homes are forcing homeowners to do more with less square footage. This is giving rise to more multipurpose “flexible space” in homes, which can be used however the occupants choose.

“In the past, someone wanted a guest room and a home office,” says Wolf. “Now, you can do a home office with a Murphy bed.”

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