Jenni Nichols
Director, DesignLens

(720) 328-1530 | Email

If you have any questions regarding projects featured on this website, design trends, or upcoming events contact our DesignLens Director, Jenni Nichols.



Deana Vidal
Senior Manager, Trend Consulting

(336) 671-0325 | Email

If you have any questions regarding your membership, councils, or trend reports contact our Senior Manager of Trend Consulting, Deana Vidal.


Northern California: Dean Wehrli

Pacific Northwest: Matt Billingsley

Northeast: Jeff Kottmeier

Mid-Atlantic and Southeast: Lesley Deutch

Utah: Kristin Matthews

Southern California and Southwest: Ken Perlman

Texas: David Jarvis

Single-Family Rental: Rick Palacios Jr.

Build-for-Rent: Don Walker

Building Products Innovations: Pawan Thampi

Demographics: Chris Porter

Consumer and Design Trends: Mikaela Sharp and Deana Vidal

Builder, Land, and Realtor Survey: Devyn Bachman


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You can have as many team members on your membership as you want. If you would like to add or remove anyone, email Saher Naimi, our Client Services Specialist, at

All members of NHTI that are on our distribution list will receive a direct link via email to register for all virtual events.

All previous research and reports, events, and webinar recordings published by NHTI are archived on our blog.

Thought Leader NHTI members have the ability to submit questions and topics for consideration to the NHTI team. Questions can be incorporated into surveys if approved and relevant to the topics being researched. If you would like consumer or design research specifically curated for your company, please contact Deana Vidal, Manager of Trend Consulting, at for more details about a custom consulting project.


Professionals and industry leaders with 10+ years of experience who work at an NHTI member company have the opportunity to apply to join a council. Council members are selected each year to create well-balanced councils and acceptance is not guaranteed.


The New Home Trends Summit is an annual conference that includes a mix of keynote speakers, panels, and roundtables. The conference also includes an optional half day tour of a prominent master-planned community. An invite to the summit is included in your New Home Trends Institute membership, but there is an extra fee to attend (unless you are a Thought Leader member, which includes one ticket per year). Each year we select a new location around the U.S. for the New Home Trends Summit.



Yes. As part of your NHTI membership, you have access to all of the John Burns Real Estate Consulting team. Please contact Jenni Nichols, Director of DesignLens, at if you’d like an introduction or additional help.


There are multiple ways to stay up to speed on all the insights you have access to – most are via email, but you can also connect with us on LinkedIn.

  • Every week, John Burns Real Estate Consulting delivers analysis to over 30,000 subscribers with our Building Market Intelligence™ (BMI) newsletter, The Light.
  • Each month, we distribute Survey Insights Reports via email.
  • Once a month, you’ll receive an edition of DesignLens.
  • Email invites for upcoming events are also sent regularly.

Each edition includes about eight projects: six residential, for-sale collections (a mix of attached and detached offerings), one master-planned community, and one historic community. Some editions can include up to ten projects with two additional collections. Each edition has a mix of product from attached townhomes or stacked flats to detached collections with offerings for first-time buyers, move up, and move down. Some editions will also include age-qualified masterplans or collections.


Project recommendations come from a variety of sources, from in-house to outside the company. In-house sources include the NHTI team’s own scouting, as well as recommendations from local JBREC market experts. External sources include most of the major building industry awards, as well as recommendations from architects, builders, developers, and designers from around the country. All recommendations are reviewed and the most DesignLens-worthy are photographed and published (with the permission of the builder or developer).


We do not track lot widths, only average lot sizes in square feet. You can either search by the square footage you are looking for or try searching by home width. With an assumed 5-foot setback on each side, a 50-foot lot would have a 40-foot home on it, so you could search 40-foot-wide floor plans to find what you are looking for. Search floor plans under the floor plan tab on the project search page.


We love recommendations. Please contact Jenni Nichols at with any suggestions.


Yes, you can save projects while logged into the website. However, there is no way to share them with other website users within the site. You can save the images you like and download them to share.


Yes, you can use the photos on the website for any of your projects. If you need higher resolution images or are having a hard time finding what you are looking for, contact Jenni Nichols at for more information.


At this time, the website does not allow for searching by trend. If you are looking for trend insights, please contact Jenni Nichols at for more information.


We are always on the lookout for amazing guest speakers. If you or someone you know would make a great speaker, please contact Jenni Nichols at


We would love to help support you in any way possible. If you would like to have someone from NHTI speak at an event or give a presentation, please contact Deana Vidal at

Please contact Deana Vidal at


Yes, this is what we live for! If you are on the hunt for great new ideas or want to know what you should check out in a metro area you are exploring, please contact Jenni Nichols at