Generation next: 5 trends shaping the future of home building
Recent years have seen a real shift in home design – from layouts to landscaping, new build housing is at an all time design high. At the helm of this revolution? Millennials. Fuelled by Help to Buy, millennials – those born between 1981 and 1997 – are not only stepping onto the ladder but are demanding properties that go above and beyond the typical spec of the ‘starter home’.
Countryside is leading the charge with the five biggest architectural and interior trends that are shaping the future of home design.
Heart of the home
The increasing popularity of open-plan layouts is undeniable. The kitchen is the focal point of the home and it’s inevitable that guests will end up here during social gatherings. In fact, our recent survey shows a whopping 67% of millennials viewed an open-plan kitchen as a ‘must-have’. As a result, we’re seeing this layout feature more prominently in modern home designs as housebuilders take note of the growing demand.
With this in mind, we focus heavily on achieving the perfect, open-plan layout in our home designs, to create a dynamic and multi-functional space that brings family and friends together.
Bring the outdoors in
Out of all the generations surveyed, millennials were the only age group to identify a ‘large garden’ as an absolute dealbreaker when buying a home. Millennials crave spacious layouts and a good-sized garden is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. Natural light and a smooth transition from the interior to the exterior are crucial for our designers, which is why all Countryside homes feature French doors and many even have skylight windows, creating the perfect space to enjoy the outside whatever the weather.
Space to relax
Between busy work schedules and social media updates, millennials are always ‘switched on’. As a result, many home hunters need a space that they can call their own – a personal haven from the outside world. This room can be whatever you desire – a cinema room, home gym or maybe an art studio – it’s simply a place to enjoy ‘you time’. It’s for this reason that our homes come with flexible living areas, combining separate living areas and open-plan spaces. Many of our home designs also boast en-suites and dressing areas in the master bedrooms – a firm favourite with the lady of the house and placed within the top ten ‘most desirable features’ in our recent survey.
One of the major changes in home design is the shift towards eco-friendly, smart homes that not only save on fuel bills, but also reduce our carbon footprint. Energy efficient fixtures and A+ rated integrated appliances come as standard in all Countryside homes, placing us head and shoulders above the competition. New build homes are becoming smarter, which has been arguably the biggest driver in the popularity of newer properties amongst the younger generation.
Millennials are increasingly choosing new homes over older properties. Having entered the workforce at the height of the last recession, they’ve become financially savvy and have waited longer to enter the housing market than previous generations. Help to Buy has no doubt been a driving force behind this shift, plus younger buyers now have a better idea of what they want – customisable homes that are still affordable.
Buying a house is the largest purchase a person will make in their lifetime, so quality of both build and fixtures is critical. Our survey revealed that 74% of millennials would prefer a home that came complete with a fully-fitted kitchen and bathroom. This is where our enhanced specification comes in… We ensure that all our homes are finished with not only modern fittings such as chrome spotlights and integrated USB power points to name but a few, but also stylish kitchen with high quality appliances and luxurious bathrooms, featuring built-in vanity units, mirrors and Porcelanosa tiles.