Change in Architectural Home Improvement trends may not be as easily recognised as those in other areas of design,
such as fashion, but that doesn’t mean the world of architecture is standing still. Occasionally there is a major shift in architectural styles, but usually change is a slow gradual process. Here are five of our predictions for 2013:
- Low Maintenance
Hectic modern lifestyles, long opening hours for shops and offices leave little time for maintaining buildings. Architects recognise the need for efficient building materials that are also low maintenance, and this trend is set to continue in the coming year. Many people don’t want to have to keep upgrading the exterior of their property, so the use of durable materials is the way forward for 2019
Low maintenance will also apply to other areas of the home. Including constructing easy to maintain gardens that fulfill a function to home-owners without becoming an unnecessary burden.
- Eco-Friendly Homes
It’s hardly an uncommon occurrence anymore, but year after year many homes up and down the country come under attack from the elements, causing devastation to countless dwellings. Architectural practice is responding to the harsher changing weather conditions, designing properties that are able to respond to the changing environment.
Even those skeptical about climate change are able to see the benefits of environmentally friendly design. With energy bills continuing to rise year on year we are reaching a point where people can see real value in energy conservation.
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- Home Extensions
With house prices still quite high, a stagnant market and difficulties in the financial markets, many people are going to be unable to move. As a result, more and more people will be looking to make the most of their properties. Home extensions or conversions can add vital extra space to accommodate growing families, while adding value to the home.
With the possibility of relaxed planning laws on the horizon we could also see more creativity in house extension designs. Rather than trying to make the extension blend into the existing building, contrasting “honest” extensions, constructed of more modern or eco-friendly materials.
- City Living
This is a continuation of what has been happening for a long time. Particularly in the current economic climate, more and more people are moving into cities to find work. The increase in the demand for homes within area’s where space is already at a premium could will continue the trend of home sizes shrinking.
We would also expect to see more old, unused buildings being converted into flats and apartments, and splitting older large houses into studios. There will be an emphasis on the creation of affordable homes. This could include townhouses, mid and high-rise blocks, to make use of every square inch of the available space. There will also be an increase in the use of space above shops to create homes.
- Preserving Built Heritage
Whilst architectural trends will always move forward, we will also retain an interest in the past. Historic architecture provides a vital link to that past, while at the same time adding character to our towns and cities. The strong desire to conserve our built heritage will be an important consideration for 2019.
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