New-home construction has emerged from the recession rather shaky thanks to scarce land, skyrocketing construction costs and cash-strapped buyers.For the 10th anniversary of its annual survey on home design trends, the American Institute of Architects asked a panel of more than 500 architects what they expect to be the major changes in home design over the next decade.
Wall Street Journal staffer Laura Kusisto taps into the AIA survey results, spotlighting five "buckets" that contain the biggest areas of change in home designs. 1. Disaster-resistant designs, 2. healthy building materials, 3. smart-home automation, 4. designs for an aging population, and 5. energy-efficient design.
Not wowed? Kusisto writes:
Rather than identifying futuristic Jetsons-like robot maids and conveyor belts, the answers underscore that the industry will have to grapple with long-term global shifts in the environment and demographics. Trends they identified include a focus on materials that won’t make you sick, storm-proofing your home and features to help you live there well into old age.Pretty unremarkable stuff, no? That may be good for home builders.