Current U. S. Census data reveals more than 13 million Americans work from home, and that trend is continuing to rise. Millennials are perhaps the first generation to spend as much time at home as the 1950’s housewives. However, instead of slaving away in the kitchen or cleaning house all day, millennials are looking for a home that offers a dedicated space for their work. Having a separate space that has excellent internet connectivity and quiet workspace with great lighting for conference calls and computer work is key. Dedicated work space is important to most millennials who want to separate their work day from their family and entertaining environment. Rather than creating office space in an open loft on a second floor or a built-in desk in the kitchen, using the bonus room, dining room, or spare bedroom for a home office is optimal. Having moveable options for device charging and multiple outlets in rooms used for work are important to millennials who work from home.
When building a custom home for millennials, having a cabinet maker who offers customized work stations or built-in shelving may be a potential upsale to offer, especially if those custom pieces can be dual-purpose for a home office and a bedroom or playroom. If staging a new construction property, consider working with a realtor or staging service to set-up a spare bedroom as a home office showing clients the possibilities. A closet with organizational shelving and drawer space may be appealing.
Although internet service is out of the builders’ control, knowing the general internet service of an area is helpful as many millennials fully rely on having dependable internet service for their work from home. Millennials will ask about internet coverage in an area, so if you are your own broker, be prepared for this question.
Embracing millennials means offering the same timeless features builders are accustomed to offering all their clients while understanding that the reasons behind the concepts may be different. Realizing that millennials are practical and cost-conscious in some ways yet desire the most luxury per square foot gives builders valuable insight when planning to build a beautiful dwelling for this new home-buying generation.