Housing Trends of the Future

These Are the Housing Trends of the Future

Over the last decade, the hous­ing mar­ket has changed dras­ti­cal­ly to meet demands in a dynam­ic social cli­mate. The Home Improve­ment Research Insti­tute (HIRI) teamed up with Trend Hunter to explore what the future of hous­ing may look like in a world shaped by a grow­ing pas­sion for issues such as cli­mate change, sus­tain­abil­i­ty, and minimalism. 

The Future of Hous­ing Trend Report calls atten­tion to three new trends in neigh­bor­hood design and sus­tain­able liv­ing prac­tices. From the emer­gence of eco-friend­ly mate­ri­als and 3D-print­ed tech­nol­o­gy to designs focused on cul­tur­al inspi­ra­tion and reversible archi­tec­ture, the hous­ing mar­ket should con­tin­ue to evolve as the con­sumer mind­set shifts. 

Here’s a high-lev­el break­down of emerg­ing trends and insights that may impact your business:

Hyper-Local Neigh­bor­hoods

Archi­tects, devel­op­ers and local gov­ern­ments are propos­ing neigh­bor­hoods cen­tered on com­mu­ni­ty build­ing and local busi­ness­es. These spaces are intend­ed to be car-free, with all neces­si­ties reach­able via a short walk or bike ride. 

Insight: As urban cen­ters expand in size and pop­u­la­tion, con­sumers are rec­og­niz­ing that their qual­i­ty of life is suf­fer­ing — whether that be due to alien­ation, afford­abil­i­ty issues, lengthy com­mutes or pol­lu­tion. As a result, many are mov­ing away from city cen­ters and turn­ing to com­mu­ni­ty-based neigh­bor­hoods. In doing so, these indi­vid­u­als gain a sense of belong­ing, because they can facil­i­tate stronger con­nec­tions with peo­ple near­by while also sat­is­fy­ing the need for con­ve­nience and clean­er air.

Sus­tain­able Housing

With sus­tain­abil­i­ty as a top pri­or­i­ty, archi­tects and design­ers are embrac­ing dif­fer­ent eco-friend­ly concepts. 

  • Reversible design” is the archi­tec­ture of struc­tures that can be eas­i­ly decon­struct­ed, that can be reused or with parts that can be removed and added easily.
  • 3D-print­ed hous­ing is mak­ing the process of design­ing nat­ur­al, dis­as­ter-proof hous­ing eas­i­er. These homes offer sus­tain­able and pro­tec­tive con­struc­tion that avoids struc­tur­al issues in the case of extreme weather.

Insight: Con­tem­po­rary con­sumers are wary of the impend­ing con­se­quences of cli­mate change, and a large num­ber are becom­ing increas­ing­ly aware that sim­ply shift­ing their lifestyle and prac­tic­ing eco­log­i­cal mind­ful­ness are like­ly not enough. As a result, many are demand­ing that brands and cre­ators take the envi­ron­ment into con­sid­er­a­tion. In doing so, these indi­vid­u­als feel more at ease and proud of their advo­ca­cy for a bet­ter future.

Sim­pli­fied Living

Build­ing off of the desire for more sus­tain­able liv­ing, the emer­gence of sim­ple, more min­i­mal­ist design empha­sizes home­own­ers’ func­tions and needs. Home designs such as tow­able mini cab­ins and tiny homes allow for func­tion­al­i­ty while inte­ri­or trends such as the Japan­di aes­thet­ic inspire pared-back inside spaces that pay homage to nat­ur­al col­ors and materials. 

Insight: Con­tem­po­rary con­sumers in fast-paced urban cen­ters are look­ing to bal­ance the demands of their dai­ly lifestyle with a com­fort­able home envi­ron­ment. Many are pri­or­i­tiz­ing min­i­mal­ist designs and addi­tion­al spaces that can opti­mize and ele­vate their liv­ing sit­u­a­tion with­out com­pro­mis­ing aes­thet­ic appeal. 

As soci­ety evolves, what mat­ters in our homes evolves as well. Learn more about the future of hous­ing by gain­ing full access to this Trend Hunter report, includ­ed with your HIRI mem­ber­ship.