The building industry is always evolving. This article examines the concepts and materials that will be featured prominently in the top 10 building trends of this year. From unique space planning to eye-opening conveniences you never knew you needed until now, daring and creativity will be the bywords for 2016.
1. Posh Pet Quarters
Today’s homeowners are determined to accommodate the needs of their pets, and they don’t mind spending extra to do so. Turf runs, custom food and water cabinets, ‘pet rooms’ and even washing-and-drying setups are all making an appearance in new builds and renovations.
2. Kid Spaces
Children are now being factored into building designs instead of being relegated to pint-sized rooms. Recent innovations include lofts especially for kids, walls with climbing holds for indoor ‘rock climbing’ and cosy hideaways built into bedroom ceilings.
3. Green Power
Clients wanting new homes are insistent on eco-friendly utilities such as foam insulation, sustainable yet efficient heating and cooling systems, and insulated wood windows. Geothermal temperature control systems can be more efficient than a regular HVAC system while reducing overall energy consumption.
4. Turf Lawns
Many homeowners are requesting turf instead of the traditional live lawn. There’s no fertilising, trimming, and mowing required to keep it looking green and manicured. It’s maintenance-free beauty at its finest.
5. Second Kitchens
Backup kitchens are becoming a real asset, especially for those frequent entertainers who don’t want their guests to see their kitchen as anything but sparkling and clean. Custom homebuilders are catering to this new demand by introducing concealed ‘prep’ kitchens where small appliances are stored to eliminate a cluttering effect.