Every year, technology makes a bigger splash in architecture, changing the way you design and build your structures — and 2019 is no exception. As smart homes and eco-friendly designs become a reality, the scope of architectural trends is limitless.
The new year promises many new possibilities for architects looking to incorporate a fresh style to their building plans. If you're looking for the next big thing in architecture, these five trends promise to change your customers' definition of a dream building in 2019.
1. Sustainable Architecture
If there's one thing to take away from 2019, it's that sustainable architecture is here to stay. Sustainable, eco-friendly designs are dominating the industry as a way to combat the effects of climate change.
Incorporating eco-friendly elements into your designs is easy. Many of the materials you use every day — such as metals, bricks, concrete and glass — can be made with recycled products. The inclusion of efficient appliances, energy-conserving HVAC systems or a water filtration system can also encourage home or business owners looking to make a difference in their sustainability practices.
2. Spacious Designs
The concept of open-space designs that seamlessly transition from room to room is nothing new. While this style won't be going away anytime soon, architects are increasingly looking for new ways to keep room transitions from being too flat or uninspired.
In 2019, you'll notice spacious, multi-use arrangements that still subtly designate separate areas of the home or office. You can accomplish this through changes in flooring color or style, shifting floor levels, islands that separate the kitchen area and different lighting techniques.
3. Flexible Spaces
The demand for multi-use spaces in home design will keep increasing through 2019. Be prepared to swap out those dedicated family rooms, dining rooms and workspaces for versatile areas limited only by the user's imagination.
You can designate these flexible areas by incorporating sliding doors or other movable dividers to encourage customization of the home. As the family's needs and lifestyle evolve, they can customize the living space as needed.
4. A-Frame Houses
Once thought to be an eyesore best left at lakesides and ski resorts, A-frame homes are now making a comeback as the next big thing in home design. Today's A-frames combine the classic design of the '60s and '70s with modern add-ons like spacious front porches and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows.
A-frames offer many appealing features for homeowners — they're low-cost, have a minimal environmental impact and stand out from the rest of the cookie-cutter houses in the neighborhood.
5. Solar Roof Tiles
Say goodbye to traditional glass solar panels and wave hello to solar roof tiles. Unlike the bulky panels of the past, solar roof tiles seamlessly integrate with a commercial or residential roof's design. Choose from styles that look like asphalt or slate, designed to blend right into the existing roof's texture. This cost-effective option will wow users with both its attractive design and sustainable initiative.
The latest architectural trends can tell us a lot about our future. From the look of these 2019 trends, houses of the future will be open, minimalistic and far healthier for the environment.
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