Emerging Building Trends
In the home building industry, the emergence of new trends is not as rapid as in others, like say, fashion.
Changes are usually dominated by environment, demographics and the economy.
In 2016, the following 5 trends are fast emerging and reflect an attempt to incorporate newer technologies, building supplies and methods which will change the way our homes look and function.
Your real estate choices will be influenced by some of these in the near future. So, its imperative that you are aware of them.
Here’s the complete list.
It is crucial to consider the impact that your new home has on an existing ‘fractured’ natural resource level. Designers and contractors are working together to find new construction techniques and building supplies that make better use of natural resources. On-site energy generation, better use of ventilation and insulation are some of the techniques being implemented in new homes. The ‘Green Building’ is a thing of the past. Today, every building needs to be a green building.
The direct effect of climate change can also be seen in the number of natural disasters which are increasing each year. Be it hurricanes or blizzards, it prepares to have a sturdier home that has a better chance of withstanding such weather conditions.
Cost Effective without compromising on aesthetics
Almost everybody looking to get a new home made is looking for the classic and luxury look. But it comes at a price that not everybody can afford. For example, most homeowners prefer stone over brick or clapboard. But stone is one of the most expensive building materials. Designers and building suppliers now suggest less expensive options like stone veneers which can be applied to manufactured panels. Its less costly but looks as good as the original.
The resurgence of copper
The re-emergence of copper as an alternative to stainless steel or wood is not purely based on aesthetics. Yes, it takes you back to the days of copper pots and pans that your grandparents used and copper tubs circa 1940s Hollywood. But in between routine cleanings, copper has excellent antimicrobial properties which removes up to 99.9% bacteria. At a time when there’s a new drug resistant superbug every other day, it pays to have building supplies that keep the microbes away.
Homes on wheels
The rise of social initiatives like ‘The Tiny House Movement’ has shifted the focus towards smaller homes that are more efficient and mobile. It is cost effective and provides homeowners with a chance to escape the cycle of debt that almost 70% of Americans are a part of. But tiny doesn’t mean that these homes are any less sturdy. Building supplies like steel frames, weather resistant wood and aluminium siding makes it a durable choice that can comfortably sleep up to 4 people. Modern small sized homes also include features like composting, solar energy panels, rainwater integration, gray water irrigation hook-up and induction cook tops.
Seamless integration of external spaces
Until a couple of years back, the external areas of a home were well separated from the internal parts. However, in more recent designs, the internal and external areas are seamlessly integrated allowing better space utilization and a more ‘flowing’ design. Large folding door panels with retractable insect screens are making this possible.