Top trends in home building for 2020
As 2019 begins to draw to an end, we are looking to 2020 and what we think the new year has in store for new build homes.
As technology develops, smart homes with systems able to control everything from temperature, to lights and security, are increasingly in demand. These homes are also able to reduce energy consumption and therefore impact on the environment, as well as reducing the cost of living. We predict that eventually houses will be created with smart tech built in from the ground up, rather than home owners adding their own later on.
Open, multipurpose spaces
Open plan living is a common theme already in new build properties and we expect to see this continue. How we use spaces has shifted from the days when we’d have one room for one purpose. Now, we are likely to bring guests into the kitchen for cocktails, or use the dining room as a playroom or even a home office. Open, multi-purpose spaces will allow homeowners the freedom to choose what that area is used for. How those spaces transition from one to another influence how this is achieved, such as sliding doors or room dividers, providing a way of opening up or closing off spaces when needed.
Bigger, Bolder Kitchens
The kitchen is quickly becoming the heart of many homes. It is the space where we cook and often gather to eat, but it is also where we sit and have a brew with the neighbour, or where our kids play. With this in mind, we expect to see more focus on the kitchens in new build properties, seeing more and more central islands or breakfast bars, allowing the space to be truly multi-functional.
Environmentally conscious designs
Barely a day goes by without climate change being in the news for one reason or another, putting it at the forefront of our minds. Therefore, it’s no surprise that buyers are now looking for new build homes that will help them to reduce their carbon footprint. This can be done through reductions in energy and water consumption by occupiers, but also homes that are built utilising sustainable materials.
With half of the UK workforce set to be working from home by 2020 in some sort of capacity, we expect to see more new build properties built with working from home in mind. Whether this is a specific room for of office, or a dedicated area of an open plan scheme, a place where it is easy and comfortable to set up a workspace is likely to be a part of the design.
So there you have it, from smarter, more environmentally conscious designs, through to bigger kitchens, multipurpose spaces and places for you to work, this is what we expect to see more of in 2020.