Yosoye Adesoye examines the most important qualities of a new build so homeowners can make accurate, stress-free choices 

There is something magical about being the first person to live in a home, the first to decide where the sofa goes, to choose the paint colors and design every last corner, material and corridor. Embarking on the new build home process can be the most extraordinary adventure, especially for those who don’t want the complexity of a renovation project. However, it can be difficult to gauge the amenities and features homeowners are prioritizing today as the real estate and housing markets change daily.  

Below are six trends and strategies homeowners are considering when it comes to a new build; three of which are trends homeowners currently ask for and three are those to be on the lookout for in 2024 and beyond.  

Yosoye Adesoye, CEO and Head of Construction at YSB Properties
Yosoye Adesoye, CEO and Head of Construction at YSB Properties

Trends here to stay: 

1.Energy efficiency and sustainability 

LED lighting, smart thermostats, and energy star-rated appliances are all increasingly important to prospective homeowners today. Homeowners want their homes to step into the 21st century with a modern focus on sustainability, eco-awareness and energy efficiency. This is also key when it comes to the materials used to build the home, such as bamboo flooring or recycled countertops.   

2.Smart home technology

Yes, technology is one of the biggest drawcards of a new build. When a home has a stunning integration of smart home technology, alongside sustainable materials and superb design, it’s ticking all the right boxes. Features like home security systems, automated lighting and blinds, and voice-activated assistants add an extra layer of convenience and peace of mind.  

3.Wellness and outdoor spaces 

Wellness and leisure are top priorities for homeowners, especially for those who want to come home to beautiful outdoor living spaces that extend the square footage of the home. Covered patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits and sustainable landscaping all add immense value to the property and the dwellers’ quality of life. Home designs must also prioritize health and wellness in other areas of the home, such as indoor air quality systems, dedicated exercise spaces and biophilic elements that connect homeowners with nature.   

Trends to be on the lookout for in 2024 and beyond: 

4.Specialized materials 

Alongside sustainable materials, homeowners are also looking to specialized materials that enhance durability and aesthetics. Reclaimed wood, low VOC paints and recycled glass countertops, for example, are all in high demand because they are eco-friendly and add a unique aesthetic.  

5.Flexible spaces 

With more people working remotely, the demand for flexible and adaptable spaces is on the rise. Homeowners want spaces that can become home offices, gyms, or multi-functional areas that can evolve to meet their changing needs. As builders take on more and more projects, it is important to keep in mind that homeowners want spaces that they can curate to fit their lifestyles and careers without compromising on aesthetics or wellbeing.  

6.Modular and prefabricated construction White exterior wall & pond

Labor shortages, rising construction costs and limited time are all factors contributing to a shift towards more modular and prefabricated construction methods. These are very likely to gain traction and popularity over the next year as they are quick to build, cost-effective and can be customized in multiple ways to suit homeowner needs. 

 All of these trends are very important considerations for potential homeowners, or anyone wanting to invest in a new build, and ones that homebuilders should keep in mind as they navigate the real estate market and their client relationships this year. As prospective homeowners look to partner with the right development company, it is important they partner with a trusted organization to ensure they are prepared to overcome many of the challenges that accompany a new build. Labor shortages, supply chain disruptions and regulatory hurdles can play havoc with timelines and costs.  

Those looking to enter the new home build process can work with a company that understands the needs of builders, regulations and skillsets so they can focus solely on their new home with peace of mind and let their imagination run free. The most important thing to remember is that homeowners want to work with a company that will build more than their home. That home will be their dream and hopefully exceed expectations and deliver excellence at every corner, turn and sustainable surface. That way, homeowners can move in with a sense of accomplishment, knowing that the new build they wanted is the home they planned for. 

Yosoye is the CEO and Head of Construction at YSB Properties. He extends his influence beyond business, serving as a mentor, leader, and philanthropist, especially to the next generation of entrepreneurs through his mentorship roles in Nigeria and the United States. Yosoye also champions sustainability and charity initiatives, aligning his values with a purpose-driven approach to business and life.