Trends

Find out what our research experts view as important changes and trends in homes and building products.

October 12, 2017

Under Foot: Trends in Single-Family Flooring

The flooring market in new homes has been in flux in recent years, and some notable trends have emerged—carpeting is retreating to bedrooms; resilient flooring is losing its already dwindling share to tile; and hardwood finish flooring is now dominating the main living areas of new homes. The biggest winner among all flooring types in the past decade has been engineered hardwood, capitalizing on the style trend toward wood finishes and the need for quick and trouble-free installation.

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Data and Trends, Homebuyer Preferences, Building Products

August 23, 2017

The New Face of Kitchen Cabinets

Over the past several years, there has been rapid evolution in home design in the kitchen. For kitchen floors, first ceramic tile took the place of vinyl, then hardwood took the place of ceramic tile. For countertops, granite soared to the lead, replacing solid surfacing and laminate, and now quartz is making big inroads into the granite market.

The most recent acceleration in this evolution is in cabinet styles and finishes. Flat panel doors, while long considered a low-cost option compared to raised panel doors, have now gained greater acceptance and represent more than a third of new single-family home installations and a large majority of multifamily installations.

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August 9, 2017

You Complete Me: New Homebuyer Remodeling Activities May Surprise You

Each year, Home Innovation Research Labs surveys more than 100,000 U.S. and Canadian households and get very detailed information on their home remodeling, repairs, and upgrades. You may assume that most remodeling or home improvement activities are conducted primarily by those who’ve either been in their house a long time and are looking for/need a change, or those who recently bought an existing home and want to do things to make it more “their own.” Our robust consumer data challenges that assumption.

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July 14, 2017

Market Education Key to Market Domination

There’s a mystery surrounding wood floor joists in new homes that keeps getting deeper—literally! In 2004, more than half of wood floor joists in new homes were 10 inches or less deep. Now, more than 60 percent are 12 inches or deeper.

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June 23, 2017

Market for Building Materials: Moving Towards the Middle?

The housing rebound continues, but its effect hasn’t been evenly distributed across the spectrum of housing types and price-points. In 2006, Multifamily represented only 16% of residential starts but surged to 35% of starts in 2015, bringing a new character to the market for home building materials. In 2016, however, while we saw a modest return to pre-2006 markets when Move-up and Starter homes ruled, Multifamily began inching its way back down from its peak the year before.

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Data and Trends, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Insulation

June 5, 2017

Insulation Usage Patterns Linked to Home Type, Pricepoint, Geography, and Builder Size

Like most data points in the building industry, insulation material usage varies widely by geographic area, the size and type of builder, and types of homes. The national survey of builders we conducted in February, 2017 sheds further light on usage patterns—confirming some stereotypes about insulation usage in new homes, but it also seems to refute others, lending insight into the market for insulation materials and systems.

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Data and Trends, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Insulation

May 19, 2017

New Survey Data:
Quartz Becoming the New Granite?

The results of Home Innovation’s annual survey of 110,000 U.S. households are in. Helped by declining prices in recent years (and the fact that Mother Nature knows how to produce some beautiful countertop material), granite is still the best-selling kitchen countertop by a sizeable margin – accounting for about 40% of home countertop replacements in 2016.

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May 4, 2017

The Thick of It: Home Building Trends in Foam Sheathing Thickness

Recently, I shared results from our builder survey on foam wall sheathing and how its use varied by builder type, price point and type of home, and geographic areas. Now I’d like to share a few things we learned about usage patterns in thickness of foam sheathing in the same survey.

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April 12, 2017

How do YOU get your R-value? Recent Survey Reveals Interesting Trends

Over the past few years, a lot has been said and written about continuous foam insulation in new homes, including the writing of the new building code requirements.

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Data and Trends, Energy Performance, Homebuyer Preferences, Insulation

February 2, 2017

Solar May Beat Coal in a Decade

Bloomberg New Energy Finance says solar will be the cheapest source of energy in the 2020s. Why wait to experience the benefits of solar?

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Data and Trends, Solar Energy, Energy Performance, Homebuyer Preferences