25 Jan Building Trends for 2021
Like any sector, the residential construction industry is subject to fads and trends, but very few boast any kind of longevity. However, sometimes architectural trends stick and become the ‘style of the time’.
While 2020 can be considered somewhat of a write-off for many industries, residential construction was as busy, if not more so than others. This is largely due to people spending a lot more time at home and realising that their properties were no longer suitable for their families or that they needed some sort of remodelling work.
There seems like there is little to no let up, in the demand for building new homes in 2021 and so we’re taking an opportunity to look at what trends are emerging. If you would like to speak about building your dream home, give us a call on 01753 392 410 or email us.
This subject area is not going away. Everyone in the construction industry recognises the importance of sourcing materials responsibly and ensuring that buildings are created with eco-friendliness. As society becomes more accommodating to this way of thinking, we will reinforce our commitment to sustainability.
This is something that clients are increasingly requesting; Smart Homes carry a number of benefits and can have a number of useful tools to make your every day life a little easier. Home Automation isn’t just for those who like gadgets, it enables you to automate things like lighting and central heating, to help you stay environmentally conscious and manage your energy efficiency. Whatever your project, make sure you prepare for the future and at least have the essential wiring installed to accommodate this technology.
In 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic caused a lock down – which meant that people were forced to work from home, our houses became multipurpose spaces. We predict that this is more than merely a trend and actually part of a seismic change in the way we work. With this in mind, we can see spaces within the home become more multi-functional than compartmentalised. Your home office might occupy a corner of your kitchen/diner or you might even have a home office which doubles as a reception room. We’re likely to see this more and more as we move through the pandemic.
The Kitchen is the Star
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home; so, we are seeing home designs centred around the kitchen being used as a communal area. Nowadays, we not only prepare food in the kitchen but we gather to eat, watch TV, do homework and chat. It’s become much more than just an essential facility and more of a living space. We will see the kitchen having multiple purposes moving forward too.
In the UK we are surrounded by history which is amazing; however, this also means that we have a high volume of ageing properties. From Regency buildings to Victorian Terraces and all the way to modern buildings, there is a variety of properties in the UK. The oldest properties tend to be protected and preserved while the older ‘modern’ properties are beginning to get to the age where they need extensive refurbishment or redevelopment into modern homes using modern materials. We think that we will see more of these kinds of projects over the next 5-10 years.
Outdoor all year
In 2020 most people in the UK found themselves spending more time at home and yearning for extra outdoor space in order to combat the cabin fever brought on by the lock down. This led many people to work on their gardens during the spring and summer, making them more accessible for the winter months. Using covered patio areas, terraces and balconies, your outdoor space can be used year-round, making it a good space in which to invest.
Natural light & sound proofing
In the UK we’re not exactly blessed with long periods of bright sun and good weather; so, we have to make the most of the natural light we can get. Using modern glass technology, we can now create bright and airy spaces which are also as sound proof as bricks and mortar. We are seeing more and more people opting for permanent sunrooms and orangeries in place of a standard or lean to extensions.
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