Architecture is always evolving, thanks to changes in the environment, technology and our society. Every year there are new trends in construction; be it with designs, colours, materials or even structural ideas. Here are some our favourite architectural trends from the last year or two:
Small Space Living
A lot of people are adopting a more minimalistic lifestyle maybe because they want to reduce their carbon footprint or have a tight budget or don’t have much room to work with in the first place. From fold-away offices, to hidden storage to vertical indoor gardens, off late; there have been numerous design solutions that make small space living a great idea.
Everything is getting smarter, including our homes. New design concepts allow for technology to be part of the home and not stand out like a sore thumb. Speakers are built directly into the wall, outlets are hidden and wires are concealed.
A family’s needs and requirements are constantly changing. Rooms can be combined so what is sometimes used as a media/play room can become a guest bedroom or a dining room can have a lounge area in the corner or a workstation.
Over the last few years, natural materials and colours have been preferred not just for environmental reasons but also because they bring a certain warmth and texture to the home. People have been using more bamboo, wood, clay blocks, stone, rice husk and more.
Open spaces have been trending for years but now more and more people want that for their homes as well. Segmented spaces allows for creating defined spaces within an open space, without using walls. This can be done with features like varying ceiling lights or even wall paint and textures.
Energy efficient homes not only lower utility bills, they can make the home owners feel they’re doing their bit against global warming. There are more designs with skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows as well as landscape planning and choosing the right materials for flooring and walls to help maintain the home’s temperature and cut costs.
As you probably noticed, the trends are more to do with function and less to do with fads. Architecture, now is helping address the requirements of each family while also looking at the larger picture of what the planet needs. If you’re looking to make changes to your home and you like how these design trends sound, the experts at HouseJoy will be happy to help guide you.