Over 500 residential architects participated in the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends survey recently and the following emerged as the most significant home design trends for the next decade:
Smart home technology: everything from appliances to temperature control and security will see huge smart technology growth in the home designs of the coming decade.
Healthier homes: Expect an increase in earth-friendly, organic elements from paint to natural fiber, air purification systems and natural wood.
Disaster-proofing: They predict home homeowners will become interested in shoring up their homes against natural disaster with possibilities to include elevating homes, stronger windows, backup generators and even safe rooms, depending on the area of the country.
Energy-efficiency: This movement have been popular for quite some time, but the interest is expected to grow in solar panel, tankless water heaters and water reclamation systems.
Age-in-Place: Why not? Wider hallways, handrails, more one level living are convenient at any time, but especially for homeowners who want to age in place.
Home offices: As more people telecommute, home office space will receive a bit more attention.
Kitchens, both inside and out: The kitchen remains the heart of the home and they predict the open concept design will stay. In addition, outdoor kitchens/outdoor rooms are expected to become more popular with homeowners in the upcoming decade.
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