The open-plan space goes mainstream

Open-plan spaces are all about connectivity and interaction. To me, this is an exciting trend, as it shows a desire of people to be more connected to their family and friends. The main rooms in the home become communal activity areas, with many different things going on all at once. They can make a home seem much more friendly and welcoming. People are returning to the idea of entertaining at home, and more families are coming together for activities like board games and movie nights. Busy parents want to be able to keep tabs on the kids while they prepare dinner and do the other chores.

Multiple master suites

These days real estate prices in many cities are rising much faster than wages, more and more young families unable to afford to live and save for a first home. As well, retirees are also finding it difficult to get into the housing ladder. This gives high rise to the multi-generational home: where multiple generations live under the same roof for an extended period of time. Similarly, friends might share a house in order to afford real estate in a desirable area. Their are huge benefits of  sharing a home with other adults can help you save money for a deposit, manage monthly expenses, and stay in a desirable area when house prices fluctuate. With two master suites gives both adult families private space while enabling them to share resources under the same roof.

Off-the-shelf plans

Completely custom design is becoming rare in residential architecture. In today’s world everyone who are building a new home want something architecturally interesting, but they prefer to rely on a “tried-and-tested” plan they can choose from a book. Frequently, these plans can be tweaked and altered to suit the each client’s unique needs and choice. For housing developments and off-the-shelf plans simplify the process and often offer a streamlined approval process for local council, meaning the client gets a home quicker and cheaper. As an architect, it defines that you might find yourself designing these types of homes more and more, while your bespoke designs will be for increasingly high-end clients.

Quiet spaces

Either a room for yoga / meditation or they be the classic “library” room with a fireplace and hardwood shelves stacked high with books (which is what I’m building in my own home), most of the people are craving a space in their home that isn’t filled with enormous televisions or clutter. To “fill out” unoccupied space in a complex plan ,quiet spaces can often be inserted into tricky corners. They may include complex architectural elements like enormous skylights, internal courtyards and indoor gardens for that.

Freestanding baths

When it comes to creating a beautiful bathroom, it used to be all about the choice of perfect tile. But now a days, the bath is becoming the focal point of the bathroom space. Now  people are thinking to design  their bathrooms to be quiet, relaxing spaces, a haven from the hustle-bustle of daily life. And the bath is a huge part of that to get some peace of mind. As baths are becoming more sculptural in form,  they look more like art installations than just a tubs for bathing.