Design Trends: The House of 2015
The National Association of Home Builders recently conducted a survey of more than 300 architects, designers, builders, and other industry experts to see how the home of 2015 will differ from today’s average home.
Results reveal that the interior design and floor plan of the home of the future is going to change to reflect social and behavioral changes. For example, the family room is predicted to grow at the expense of the formal living room, reflecting the trend towards casual entertaining.
The average size is forecast to be in the 2,300-2,500 sq ft range, comparable to today’s average. The strongest trend will be towards luxury. Extra bathrooms, state-of-the-art lighting and plumbing fixtures, and, I suppose, home automation systems.
Other predictions for the average home:
- 9-10 ft ceilings
- 2.5-3.5 bathrooms
- Larger kitchens with islands
- Fewer walls seperating their family rooms and dining rooms
- Recessed lighting
- Larger garages
More luxurious outdoor spaces are expected, too, with the proliferation of full back yard kitchens. Eco-friendly ‘green’ construction is also expected to play an increasingly pervasive role in home building and design, such as efficient water conservation devices and energy-efficient appliances.
With Phoenix real estate and Scottsdale real estate, I believe we’ll continue to see more integration of technology and design to suit the modern lifestyle. For example, climate control, lighting, and audio/video control systems that are centralized and adaptive to the homeowner’s lifestyle and preferences. We’ll see built-in refrigerators that track expiration dates and quantities and automatically update your shopping list accordingly. And out-dated materials, such as vinyl laminate countertops, will all but disappear as man-made or engineered materials (such as Silestone countertops) become more affordable.