The future of housebuilding. Seven exciting construction trends.
What will homes look like in the future? Technical innovations and social trends are changing the way homes are built. Discover the exciting construction trends that will shape the housebuilding of the future.
Construction trend no. 1: Demographic change calls for flexible floor plans.
The need to consider old age when building your own home will become even more critical in view of demographic change. If the trend to lower pensions continues, large single-family dwellings will become a financial burden in retirement. One possible solution: A flexible floor plan that adapts to the changing needs of the occupants.
Example: A two-story family home may be perfect for a couple with children, while in later years they can convert it to a multi-family dwelling and generate rental income. To limit the amount of renovation work required, the stairwell should already be separated from the living areas when the house is built. Additional utility connections make it easier to add a second kitchen later on. Similarly, electricity, water, and heating systems can already be set up for multiple residential units. This enables separate billing at a later date.
Construction trend no. 2: Individual lifestyles reinforce the desire for flexibility.
Our society is becoming increasingly individualistic. The number of single and two-person households is increasing, people are starting a family later in life, and new partnerships are resulting in patchwork families. Frequent job changes are common, and circumstances change more quickly than in the past.
This factor needs to be taken into account when financing major investments such as the construction of a house. Banks are addressing this trend with flexible construction financing. The demand for maximum flexibility and individualistic ways of living is likewise being met by suppliers of prefabricated homes: The variety of finish levels is increasing, and buyers have a greater say in the design process.
Construction trend no. 3: Building social networks with co-housing.
Although living in large cities is more popular than ever, many city-dwellers suffer from anonymity. The co-housing construction trend may be the perfect solution for people who yearn for the cohesion of village life, yet do not wish to give up their proximity to the city. Co-housing involves residential communities of houses and apartments that function like villages.
Generous common areas jointly managed and used by the residents form the heart of the community. Besides kindergartens, workshops, libraries, and co-working spaces, there are community gardens in which they can spend time. The aim is to create a social space in which everyone can get involved.
Construction trend no. 4: Small-scale architecture and innovative floor plans are ideal for a tight space.
Real estate and land prices in the cities are high, while plots are scarce. The vibrancy of living in an urban area nevertheless has a magical pull for many people. However, people wishing to build their dream home in a popular neighborhood will often find that there are only narrow slivers of land available. This calls for creative floor plans that get the most out of minimal space.
The XS-format house is a construction trend that proudly celebrates living in a small space: The tiny house combines everything you could possibly need over an area of around 15 to 45 square meters – a real paradise for minimalists. Putting the mini-home on wheels makes it even easier to turn the dream of flexible living into a reality.
Construction trend no. 5: Ecological materials and energy efficiency support sustainability in housebuilding.
These days, conserving environmental resources is more important than ever before – for property developers as well. Eco-friendly building is on trend, whether in single-family dwellings or high-rise apartment blocks. Crucial factors include not only eco-friendly construction materials, good recyclability, and the longest possible useful life, but also energy efficiency.
Healthy living goes hand in hand with sustainability construction. The systematic selection of environment-friendly, non-polluting building materials ensures a healthy indoor climate and increases comfort in the long term. Wood and loam are frequently used in construction because they can regulate humidity and do not emit toxins.
Construction trend no. 6: Technical innovations are driving home automation.
Modern building automation is one of the most important technical developments and is set to change the way we build homes in the future. In the smart home, all electrical devices are connected and communicate with each other via a control panel. Networking enables automated processes to be remote-controlled via an app on smartphones or tablets. As well as being secure and convenient, it's also extremely energy-efficient.
For example, the lighting is regulated depending on the daylight and weather situation. Radiator thermostats can be controlled when you're on the move. Security is also a major priority: Surveillance cameras send live pictures to your smartphone and doors can be opened via fingerprint or iris scanning.
Construction trend no. 7: 3D technology likely to revolutionize construction industry.
The development of 3D technology is proceeding at a rapid pace. Thanks to computer-based printing, production is quicker and more cost-effective than ever before. The construction industry has recognized these advantages. A growing number of startups have made it their mission to print building shells designed on a computer screen in one go.
In the printing process, swiveling robotic arms cover the building layer-by-layer. The roof, insulation, and windows are manually installed later. Russian-US company Apis Cor, for example, completed a 40 square-meter cement house in just 24 hours – for approximately CHF 10,000. A real revolution.