Future of homes

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It's out with the old and in with the new for homeowners.

In the mid-1900s, owning a house became part of the American Dream. That dream has expanded.

Now homeowners make up almost 70 percent of the population.

Tipis, timber frames and small homestead houses were popular homes back in the day, but now architects are designing more modern homes for people to live in.

"Modern is just endless to the possibilities you can do and it's just fun to try to keep up," said Andrew Meldahl, Pinnacle Homes.

Although technology is being used more often in homes that are being built now, the Home Builders Association says they wouldn't be surprised if history repeats itself and we see the return of wallpaper, custom molding, and trim work in homes.

"While we're experiencing a lot of new innovations and trends in home building, there are some consistencies and some timeless techniques that are sticking around," said Dot Frank, Home Builders Association.

Mark Sundlov, Museum Division Director with the State Historical Society, says people do not think about what houses are made of, and we take that for granted.

"For North Dakotans to kind of appreciate how house design and home development influence our communities in our neighborhoods is really important," said Sundlov.

Meldahl believes homes in the future will be more evolved and equipped with more technology.

Frank says a house is just a structure, but a home is what you make it, so any house can be made into a home.