29 December 2016

5 Most Popular Trends in Home Design

Residential architects have some really exciting innovations up their sleeves. Trends that will not only enhance the appearance of our homes, they’ll also change the way we live for years to come. We’re not talking about obvious trends like the vaulted ceilings or skylights of the past; these architectural trends are designed to improve the quality and efficiency of our daily lives

Inside Out Spaces
Today’s homeowner values outdoor living as much as traditional indoor spaces. Patios, loggias, courtyards, decks and porches have become an integral part of the residential floorplan, creating fully functioning extensions of kitchen, living and dining spaces.

Architects are taking advantage of our connection with nature by designing homes featuring walls of windows and massive sliding glass doors that stack back or completely vanish from sight into a side pocket. See-through fireplaces are another popular architectural element that seamlessly blurs the line between inside and out.

Clean Home Environments
Families with children as well as aging baby boomers are increasingly concerned about environmental health issues, particularly those found within the home. More and more consumers are becoming educated on the harmful effects of chemicals used in the manufacture of insulation, construction materials, carpeting, paint and cabinetry. Residential architects and independent homebuilders are moving away from harmful conventional products toward more sustainable and environmentally clean alternatives.

New Technologies
Advances in technology are a significant part of home design and construction. New materials and innovations create increasingly energy efficient homes in addition to making the occupants more efficient within the space. LED technology is light years ahead of incandescent and even fluorescent in respect to energy savings and quality of illumination. Smart house automation, which includes features like security, media devices, lighting and HVAC allows the homeowner to easily control these items through a mobile device from anywhere in the country or the world.

Adaptable Designs
Referred to as “starter homes”, they are the first home for singles and newlyweds – a place to get established and start a career, family or both. Now, first-time home buyers are looking for “forever homes”. Architects are fulfilling that need by designing homes that adapt to the changing requirements of individuals and families through all life stages without the need for costly demolition or renovations. An adaptable home can mean anything from spaces that transition depending on need to dividing a single-family home into two separate units to accommodate aging parents.

Modular Construction Techniques
Modular homes still have somewhat of a negative connotation when associated with mobile or manufactured homes. Well, toss that image aside. Today’s modular, prefabricated or manufactured homes are stylish and most importantly, cheaper than typical stick frame construction. Think sleek, steel and glass architecture or farmhouse chic with a wraparound porch and weathervane. There’s a design to suit everyone.

One example of modular housing can be found in the growing tiny house movement. These diminutive residences consist of a simple structure often made from prefabricated components. They’re either assembled on site or in a factory then transported to the property –just like regular-scale modular homes.

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