The past decade has seen a lot of home designing and remodeling take place. Which of these will be seen more and which will die down? Just recently, I caught up with a very creative and skilled designer at a reputed home designing agency. Here is what he shared with me.
The bigger it is, the better it will be… not so anymore
The past decade has seen a lot of homes that took an inspiration from big size. Bigger houses have always appeared more appealing, but in the last few years, sizes have been increased in ratios the past did not often see. In the year 1988, there were no houses that had an area greater than 3,000 square feet. In 2003, almost 20% homes were this size and in 2012, the recorded value was greater than 25%. In fact, the average area of these houses was recorded at 2,505 square feet, which is very close to 3,000. Other than the size, these homes had two more things in common: boring home designs and dull colors because all of them were aimed at being sold off again.
So what about the future? The skilled designer told us this trend is not going to last because people are already getting tired of the similarity. A construction company predicts that the average home area will be around 2,150 square feet by next year, which is 10% less compared to the values recorded in the year 2010. As for the designing, everyone is going to be very creative and the market will see plenty of variety.
Solar technology is fancied… and might remain that way
In the last decade, solar power has created a buzz, particularly so in 2013. In the third quarter of last year so many installations were taking place that the critics were quite surprised. This is probably because costs have gone down by 16% for a complete solar system and by 60% for a solar shingle. As for the future, the trend will likely continue to make an impact.
Reclaimed materials were the thing… but will they be now?
Reclaimed materials are environmentally friendly and so have been used extensively… till now. In the future, they may lose their stance because of simple designs. You can still expect them to be there, but probably not as much as right now.
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