April 29, 2016
10 TRENDS DRIVING THE NEXT DECADE OF HOME DESIGN
Excerpts from an article in REALTOR Magazine by Melissa Tracey
- Smarter homes: Technology will become more prevalent in the operation of homes, including via automated controls for temperature, security and lighting.
- Healthier homes: Look for greater use of low or no volatile organic compounds of paint and composite wood, natural fiber upholstery, carpets without polyvinyl chloride backing and air purification systems.
- Disaster proof: Elevating homes, windows with impact glazing, dedicated safe rooms and backup power generation, all provide protection.
- Energy efficiency: Solar panels, water reclamation systems and tankless water heaters will grow in demand.
- Age in place: Design elements like wider hallways, added handrails and one-level living spaces will help an aging population stay in their homes longer.
- All about the kitchen: Kitchens will be the focal point of open design concepts.
- Outdoor living spaces: Look for more outdoor kitchens and fully furnished outdoor rooms.
- Home offices: Growing telecommuting will require more home offices.
- Smaller, better designed homes: The desire to be near jobs and public transportation will require innovative and personalized design in these pricey locations.
- Urban influence: Younger adults seeking an urban lifestyle will force a focus on higher-density development.