As 2017 winds down, its time to look ahead to a new year, a fresh start. For those of you looking to build a custom home, renovate or update the interior or exterior of your existing home, or simply redecorate, winter is the perfect time to sit down and plan.
Planning is one of the most important steps you can take in any process and often can take longer than the actually construction. Check out these trends we expect to make a big impact on construction and design in 2018.
1. Technology- As the western world advances, new ideas and creations will soon be a new norm within homes. We already have introduced inside/outside cameras that have the capability to hook up to our phones and tablets to view visitors and pets, televisions that have the ability to react to voice commands as well as state of the art garage doors, alarm systems, key-less entries, closet organizers, vacuums, lighting, water and mold senors- all while connected to a hand held device! This trend will definitely continue into 2018 as builders will take consideration to make sure all your new home automations have space and proper hook ups. In the planning process, you will also see a growing trend of being able to view home designs through virtual reality process, where you can actually get a feel for walking through the layout of a home without even leaving your desk by using drones and 3D imaging and printing!
2. Materials/Labor Shortage- I'm sure most Canadians have heard, but we are near the beginning of a Skilled Labor shortage crisis as well seeing the increase of cost in certain construction materials, especially lumber- but we are also seeing rising cost of paint, siding and roofing. The New Home and Renovation industry has been steadily increasing since 2015 and with over 100,000 skilled laborers expected to retire in the next 10 years, they will need to be replaced. Anyone interested in completing a new home or renovation next year will need to take these factors in consideration when it comes to budgeting and timelines
3. Going Green- Another growing trend that will extend into 2018 is the reducing of our carbon footprint and the update of energy efficiency. Every time we use energy from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas, we produce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change. This is why it is important for new homes as well as older homes to be energy-efficient and lower the amount of energy we consume as much as we can. As well as the continuous advances in technology, comes the advancement of energy efficient light bulbs, washer/dryers, high performing windows, doors and other appliances and also using eco-friendly products (flooring, insulation etc) within your home. Making some changes to your home can save around $300 in utility costs and could reduce the footprint by 20%.
4. Enlarged Kitchen Islands- As kitchens continue to be the social center of the home, large kitchen islands serve a multitude of roles, from prep station to homework spot to eating area. The growing trend will be to open up the kitchen space to accommodate or enlarge the island to provide comfort and social ability to everyone in the kitchen. Storage is another trend that we are seeing in new and updated kitchens. We are seeing quite a few kitchens moving their dry goods into a dedicated smart pantry off of the kitchen to utilize the cupboard space for mixing bowls, plates and bowls and small appliances.
5. Geometric Shapes- A design trend that has been surfacing as of late in a lot of homes is geometric shapes. Triangles, hexagons and a myriad of shapes have taken over in lighting, back splashes in showers and kitchens, wall tiles as well as fireplaces. Adding shapes can give any room in your home a modern and unique look and this trend will be a strong contender in the interior design industry
If you are planning on building your own home, doing a renovation, or simply redecorating, feel free to give us a call to help start the planning process!