Residential Building Design Trends in 2016
While building designs don’t change as frequently as fashion trends, they do evolve and change on occasion. Architects and interior designers do take note of these changes. Sometimes factors like the environment, demographics, and economy all trigger shifts in the construction methods and building supplies used in both commercial buildings and homes.
What is the outlook for architecture and interior design trends this upcoming year?
Here is a look at some current and near-future building design trends:
Reclaimed wood floors
Every single reclaimed wood plank is unique. There has never been, nor will there ever be, two pieces of reclaimed wood that are exactly alike. If there is one thing that many homeowners crave in 2016, it is authenticity, and that is exactly what reclaimed wood offers. It’s increasing in sales, while imitation products are decreasing.
Classic features at an affordable price
More homeowners want classic, luxurious materials, but the best choices aren’t always within their budget. With the increasing costs of construction and building materials, there is a need for cheaper options that still look luxurious. For example, instead of investing in solid stone facades, architects may go with stone veneer on studs, as well as drywall rather than plaster in the interior.
Sustainable and resilient homes
Building “green” is more important now than it ever has been, and this trend is not expected to go away. It is no longer viable or acceptable to build a home without at least some eco-friendly, sustainable materials. Homeowners now also expect to have durable homes that can withstand natural disasters. These trends are expected to impact real estate, as increased durability leads to more structures and lives being saved in extreme weather, repair costs going down, and insurance premiums being lowered.
Double island kitchens
One island in the kitchen isn’t enough for many homeowners. Kitchen layouts with two islands are becoming popular. This additional island allows for either more seating space or a second small sink.
Well-planned Integration of outdoors and Indoors
For the longest time, screened porches were the ideal semi-outdoor space in a home that could offer occupants a feeling of the great outdoors, while at the same time protecting them from the elements. The problem with screened porches, however is that they block views and daylight. Today, intelligently-designed door panels that can open up or be folded open into the home’s walls through large pocket doors are becoming popular.
A couple of other trends include dining areas that open to a patio or an outdoor fireplace.
Wide, walk-in closets or pantries
The aging population in North America is increasing at a considerable rate. Walk-in closets and pantries are becoming wider and wider to allow homeowners with walkers or wheelchairs to maneuver through easily. Some pantries are even being designed with a flexible shelving system that can be moved around and lowered through special hardware. Such designs make independent living easier for elderly and disabled homeowners.
These are just a few examples of building supply and design trends that are becoming increasingly popular.