The Future of Home Building – Trends that Could Take Off in 2019
Just like most industries, home building and designs are subject to popular trends that rise and wane over the years. Here are some of the trends that have been growing in recent years, and could take off in 2019.
Going green isn’t just a buzzy fad — it’s a growing “megatrend” that seems to be here to stay. As homebuilders try to meet that demand, there’s a growing use of sustainable materials and building products. Things like bricks made from cigarette butts, solar panels, and light-generating concrete are just a few of the options. Other options, like solar panels and geothermal heating continue to be sought after, and energy-efficient windows and appliances are now more the norm than the exception. Homeowners also increasingly want to incorporate natural elements, from brick to wood to plants that fit the local landscape, into their home and yard’s design, creating a home that fits naturally and wholistically into the area where they live. This trend also includes cutting back on the chemicals used within the home, from paint and other materials.
More and more homeowners want to build recreation and “staycation” aspects right into their home, and that includes optimizing views. That means big windows — the bigger the better. Designers are seeing more floor-to-ceiling options, with minimalistic frames that won’t obstruct the view. Classic, simple designs are less likely to become dated quickly, and a preference for black or simply painted frames makes them easy to update.
Along with clean, modern designs for windows, homeowners are increasingly looking for sleek, simple designs and floor plans. That includes open floor plans, fewer hallways and fewer small rooms or unused space. As the cost of homes rises, homeowners want to optimize every square inch. That means spaces like dining rooms, previously reserved for special occasions, are designed to be multi-functional. Homeowners are also looking ahead to their golden years, and asking for homes with wider doorways and hallways to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility limitations.
More and more people are looking for outdoor spaces to spend time with friends and family without having to leave home. Decks continue to be a popular option, and roof decks are catching on for apartments or homes with excellent views. Many homeowners are also looking at backyard patios, with fire pits — built in or aboveground — increasingly looked to as the focal point of an outdoor space. While some homeowners may opt for more elaborate landscaping or structures, many people just want a clean, comfortable area to relax outside.
Other items that are picking up steam are home offices, which are becoming more ubiquitous as more people work remotely. As people get burned out on the deluge of technology, some homeowners are making their living rooms “unplugged” — aka free from phones, tablets and computers. And while color trends have less of an impact on the home’s building design, as 2019 looks to usher in a bolder color palette, don’t be surprised to see more people looking to incorporate those colors into their home’s design — whether that’s a deep red accent wall in the living room, a bright blue door, or lush greens as accents on the window frames, it’s sure to show up this year.
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