Future home building will be the result of innovative ideas in home building as well as new home building trends. Significant changes in our lifestyle will have to occur to accommodate the change in the makeup of the population. As more baby-boomers retire and become a major force in the marketplace, the way we live will change considerably.
Experts have predicted that households will get smaller as the number of singles and couples without children grows. It is the exception now that families consist of multiple children. The cost associated with raising children is becoming a tremendous financial burden to some. It becomes more difficult as a result of the turmoil from job loss becomes more significant in our lives.
More Americans will work from home, thanks to the explosion of affordable, interact computer technology. In addition, the constant traffic congestion in our major cities is driving people to the inner city or way out in the suburbs. Small towns are now becoming metropolises spurred on by the rapid growth of those who desire to move out of the congested areas.
Most households will own big-screen TVs and many will have complete home theaters. It is more comfortable to utilize the space in your home for entertainment than fighting the traffic to attend movies or concerts. With all of the new technology that exists now and that will be forthcoming in the future, it will be easier to stay at home and be entertained than it will to go out.
Future home building trends will have to accommodate the reconfiguration of the family. In some cases, grandparents and adult children are becoming household members. The costs associated with assisted living or nursing care are growing rapidly and will force some households to adjust to the new arrangements where the grandparents are living with their children. However, it should be pointed out that this is not the wishes of the grandparents. It is a financial thing.
With the difficulty in obtaining meaningful employment, our adult children have to live with us longer than they did in the past. The job market is changing rapidly and will continue to change rapidly as this world is becoming a more “flat world.” Children will have to find new types of jobs as trends and technology change and the competition for jobs becomes greater.
Future home building will also take on a new look with some rooms taking on new functions and some disappearing altogether. In addition, environmental issues will be a main concern in the construction of tomorrow’s houses.
We cannot continue at the pace that we are going now building “McMansions” for childless couples or empty-nesters. Real estate in many areas is already unaffordable to many and building these “monster” homes only exacerbates the problem. The problem worsens because many of these “McMansions” are either in foreclosure or unable to be sold by their owners. This home building trend has to change.
The price of building sites has gotten ridiculous because we continue to demand these lots. Many of them are non-buildable lots that would not support your standard foundation or utility system. I have always said that if I could design a foundation that could be built on a very steep lot, I would become a rich man. I could take the Frank Lloyd Wright approach and cantilever the house over the slope, but the local building departments are not ready for that yet. However, as land is consumed, our innovative ideas in home building will have to include some radical ideas to accommodate these non-buildable lots.
Many predict that very soon future home building will become “industrialized.” Homes will be configured from mass-produced components. They will include such features as built-in equipment to monitor heart rate and blood pressure, feeding this data directly to a hospital – a must for those “aging-at-home.” They will offer serious technology support for the growing number of home workers.
As discussed previously throughout this website, “industrialized housing” is slowly penetrating the housing market. Innovative ideas in home building of this nature are required to accommodate the growing older population. Future home building will demand new trends and ideas in these types of homes if they are to be accepted by the buyer as well as the local building departments.
Future home building will change they way that we look at housing. Currently, the structure of the future home is being tested by experts as a component-base building system, which allows for less costly, more functional “mass customized” homes. Owners will be able to select from a variety of models.
The structure being tested will be composed of protrusion glass-fiber component beams and columns that will provide the basis for the structure itself, insulation, sensor arrays, lighting, signal and power-cable raceways, and ductwork. There is floor/wall assemblies, specialty millwork, display systems, networked appliances and devices.
Future home building could consist of ordering parts to be delivered within four weeks, assembled by several installers. Two weeks later, the owners move in. Crazy isn’t it. This is all a part of the future home building innovative ideas and trends that are being considered now.
“Affordability and flexibility top America’s wish list when it comes to their homes” according to Better Homes and Gardens. “People are hungry for ideas that fit their budget and they want their home to work through all the changes their families go through. Inside, they’re concentrating on kitchen improvements that can substantially increase their families’ everyday satisfaction. Outside, they’re looking to add living space to their yard or garden.” Affordability is especially important due to a major rise in housing costs over the past 10 years.
Future home building will incorporate five key trends identified as those which are paramount to the design and construction of the “ideal home.”
These home building trends will shape the future of home building. Please click on the individual links above for further information on each trend.
It has become abundantly clear that future home building will have to be more adaptable to the lifestyle of the population. The older generation, 55 years old and older, is the largest segment of the population and is growing each and every year. The majority of them will be emptynesters (without children) and therefore, do not need the monster homes that are being built today.
The three requirements that the older generation needs are health facilities closeby, shopping centers nearby, and recreational facilities relatively close to where they live. Active adult communities have addressed these requirements in most cases. These communities provide maintenance-free living with several amenities included to facilitate their lifestyles.
Another concept that has caught on in some areas is to build subdivisions with smaller homes, facing each other, with the garages located in the rear. The streets are in the rear for access to the garages leaving the front yards with only sidewalks and walking trails and maybe a gazebo or two in the center as a community gathering place. This concept promotes the “getting to know your neighbor” idea as we had in the past.
With all of the growth comes an overtaxing of the utility systems: water supply and waste disposal. There is not an unlimited supply of fresh water as evidenced by the continuous watering bans that we face each year. Some form of water recycling will have to be considered if we are to have an adequate supply for the future.
It seems that we have almost the same number of waste dumps as we have prisons. They just keep building them. Recycling will have to be more prevalent than it is now to reduce the amount of waste that is disposed of. You can build golf courses on these sites, but future home building projects will have to address these issues. Environmental issues will become a major concern sooner than later.