It’s a new year and that means it’s time for Utah new home design trends to start popping up.

Here at Wright Homes, we keep a close eye on all the latest developments, including everything from energy-efficient building materials to interior design and finish trends. After all, we made our mark as one of the premier new home builders in Utah by building the same house designs year after year.

Here are some of our favorite new home trends that you’ll be seeing over the coming year – most of which give a nod to environmentally conscious construction.

Energy-Efficient New Home Features

Green construction methods have been trending for years, but technological advances continue to improve our ability to build houses that are as good for the environment as they are for your pocketbook.

This year, look for blown-in blanket insulation in the walls. This material surpasses the old-school fiberglass batt insulation in every way. It provides greater insulating capacity (R-15 or better, in most cases) and is ideal for application in spaces of almost any size or configuration.

Other environmentally conscious features to watch for include high-efficiency furnaces, windows with low-E glass, gas and tankless water heaters.

Long-Life Roofing Materials

Technology has provided a new generation of roofing materials that are stylish, affordable and energy-efficient.

Asphalt shingles, once criticized for having a short lifespan and environmentally unfriendly character, have received a new lease on life. Now available with 30-year ratings (and warranties), this new generation of roofing materials also has an improved, dimensional character and appearance that adds significantly to the value and curb appeal of the home.

Smart Home & Home Automation Systems

Smart home systems improve homeowner convenience and reduce energy use. You can choose the features you want to automate, ranging from HVAC and electricity to home security and A/V systems.

With features like smart thermostats, smart door locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, you can control your home from anywhere on smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices.

Safe, Energy-Efficient Interior Finishes

The last new home building trend to watch for this year involves environmentally friendly interior finishes. Not only do these finishes have reduced impact on the environment but they will also improve the health and safety of your home’s interior.

For the healthiest possible interior environment, experts recommend minimizing the use of materials that emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. When you visit the builder’s design center, look for finishes made from recycled materials and those with the lowest possible VOC emissions.

Look for carpeting options with Green Label Plus certification. Choose wood floors that are FSC certified from sustainable sources. Bamboo flooring is a great choice, as is colored or etched concrete. Natural stone is always a great choice, with a high degree of durability and minimal manufacturing impact on the environment.

When you’re in the market for a new home in northern Utah, Wright Homes has countless options for you to choose from. With new home communities in Herriman, Draper, St. George and Riverton, you’ll find all the in-demand features you deserve in your new home. Contact us today to learn more about our northern Utah new home communities.