Housing trends fluctuate through the decades and through the ages. Modern architecture has the luxury of subscribing to any and every era of architecture. This is an age of “anything goes” theories of thought. However, there are some trends that are becoming more popular in the recent years that you may want to be aware of.
The recession has led to an interesting series of trends among home owners. They are going for the definite “no faux” look. People are not wanting to buy houses that seem to have any amount of glitz and glamour to it because it represents excess. We are now living in an era where people are feeling more conservative as far as their financials are concerned. Architects and real estate agents are referring to this trend as “honest architecture”. People are liking the beauty of a zen space, everything is becoming more and more natural. There are clean lines everywhere and the materials look like what they are. One of the reasons is because of the look, but another factor is the cost of adding amenities. Houses that are build like this tend to be cheaper when it comes to heating, cooling, plumbing, and keeping clean. That last part is a huge factor in the economy of today.
Houses are also getting smaller. It seemed that McMansions were popping up all over the place because people were wanting to go bigger and bigger to show off. Then the recession hit, and now people are wanting to downsize. While there are still people wanting to have the big homes, the demand for medium sized houses is increasing exponentially. People are looking for more practical homes instead of ones that impress their friends because of the size.
Like an above paragraph mentioned, the organic movement is translating to houses as well. People are liking the movement as it moves towards more green things. As one blogger says, “The farm-to-table movement has now entered the design sphere.” People are becoming more and more conscious of their carbon footprint. Because of that, homebuyers are gravitating towards bamboo, wheat, and eucalyptus are just some of the examples of the materials being used. Also, the paints that are being used are organic in nature and and have a low impact on the environment if they have any impact at all.
For all the growth nowadays, people are really liking the “village” feeling. People like to live in places that look small town while living in cities or the suburbs. This means that houses are becoming quainter and smaller.