Published on Jun 26, 2023
As we step into 2023, the home building industry is experiencing a wave of innovation and change. From sustainable design to cozy comfort, the trends of the year promise to transform the way we live. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the most exciting trends that are shaping the future of home building.
Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword; it's a necessity. Homeowners are increasingly aware of the importance of sustainable design due to climate change reports, the damaging effects of fossil fuels, and the importance of preserving resources. Eco-friendly design features such as solar panels, energy-efficient windows, stronger builds that better resist severe weather, and more tech features like programmable thermostats are becoming standard in new homes.
In response to the collective stress levels brought about by the pandemic, homeowners are seeking comfort within their homes. This has led to a resurgence of warm, inviting interiors that feel like a warm hug. Think big, upholstered headboards; lounge-style sections to sprawl, watch TV or eat; and colorful tufted or handwoven area rugs that resemble art.
The biophilic, natural look prevails in appeal because of the benefit nature provides. Homeowners want organic furnishings, live plants, and warmer colors in the clay palette. The latest iteration reflects interest in embracing memories through personalized design aesthetics that display mementos and heirlooms.
Every few years, a new countertop surface takes center stage as the best in terms of durability, sustainability, color, or novelty. The latest “it” surfaces are newer “sintered” stones, a combination of minerals that form a solid surface that can’t be etched, scratched, burned, or stained. Dekton and Neolith appeal because they resemble marble and other high-end surfaces and are resistant to fading.
Good design is not about spending the most money but offering well-designed homes, sometimes without bells and whistles. Builders are displaying predesigned packages of cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring that keep costs down. They’re also cutting square footage to show that buyers can live well in smaller homes.
Master-planned developments are taking the guesswork out of emission-free living. Developer Marshall Gobuty of Sarasota, Fla.–based Pearl Homes shows how with his 18-acre Hunter’s Point development, the first LEED Zero–certified community in the world, he says. “There’s no energy cost associated with the 86 single-family houses except for a $35 monthly maintenance fee from Florida Power,” he says.
Few multifamily buildings are constructed without an EV charging station. Developers are including a handful and leaving infrastructure available to expand the number. At the same time, they are devoting less square footage to amenities since younger generations are less inclined to pay for features they may not use, especially after seeing how the pandemic shut down facilities.
More efforts are underway to create more options for the enormous boomer cohort as they age. Many want to give up owning a car, live where their location has a high walkability score, and cut living costs by living in smaller, energy-efficient homes.
On the west coast, San Diego–based modular builder Dvele focuses on manufacturing fire-resistant steel modular houses. The company started with 500-square-foot homes constructed from a single module design and now offers 4,000-square-foot homes from seven module designs. All are also highly
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