A Smarter, Safer Home
Have you pondered the perks of home automation or “disaster-proofing”? If so, you’re not alone. In fact the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently released the results of its 10th annual Home Design Trends Survey, which ranks both improvements under its top residential design trends for the coming decade.
Consistently bracing for earthquakes and wildfires, Californians have always understood the importance of disaster-resistant design. But severe droughts of late along with changes to weather patterns brought about by global warming have now broadened the conversation. Disaster-resistant construction tops the Institute’s list of trends as homeowners look more into backup power generation, non-combustible siding and roofing, home elevation, dedicated safe rooms, and braced frames to safeguard against heavy winds, wildfires, and flooding.
Ranking second is a growing demand for healthy building materials as more and more home owners become increasingly aware of health and environmental hazards closest to home – from lead paint exposure to formaldehyde levels in flooring. The right home improvement contractors are now working with home owners to evaluate their risk and explore ways to protect their families. As a result, we’re seeing shifts away from harsh chemicals in paints and toward natural materials and fibers.
And what would any home be without its gadgets?
Smart-home automation has more than taken off, with demand soaring for integrated smart phone-managed technology. These enhancements include time-saving and energy-reducing innovations that control lighting and temperature as well as security systems offering much-needed peace-of-mind while we’re away from home.
Closing AIA’s top five trends are home design accommodations for our aging population along with energy efficient upgrades such as water-reclamation systems and solar panels. The common thread linking all of these is a swing toward practicality as opposed to bigger or more elaborate spaces.
Become a home design trendsetter. A specialized contractor will make it easy to put your plans in motion.