Modern homes benefit from having access to some of the best building materials available than ever before. Today, more and more homeowners have been focusing on materials that can withstand the test of time and maintain the value of the home. In this article, we’ll cover 5 long-lasting design trends for modern homes.
1. Insulated Concrete Forms
Known as ICFs, insulated concrete forms are a type of durable building material that’s replacing wood-framed houses for the inherent customizability and incredible benefits to homeowners. Modern homes built/renovated with ICF house plans are:
- Disaster-resistant (can withstand natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes)
- Energy-efficient (achieving 60% energy savings)
- Low maintenance
- Reduction of sound pollution
- Health benefits (i.e. reduced mold growth, insect/vermin proof, etc.)
Of course, what makes ICFs a growing choice among builders and modern homeowners is that they accommodate all affordability levels, from well-planned starter homes to modern luxury estates.
2. Utilize Insulation and House Wrap
No matter how sturdy your home is built, insulating your home requires a great deal of planning and implementation to optimize the energy efficiency of your home. In the past, fiberglass insulation and Tyvek-brand house wrap were the go-to for insulating homes for their cost-effectiveness, R-value, and ease of installation. Despite these benefits, these materials created problems with mold, inadequate vapor barriers, and inadequate ventilation
However, new technologies and preferences have set the stage for better types of home insulation. Modern types of insulation include:
- Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
- Open and Closed Cell Spray Foam
- Cellulite & Cotton
- Straw Bale System
- Flash and Batt System
As you’ll find out through researching these materials in detail, they provide similar to greater protection of fiberglass/Tyvek, but also are made of more sustainable and longer-lasting material–typically at a reduced cost, as well.
3. Create an Outdoor Space
Modern homes are utilizing their outdoor spaces for maximum comfort and enjoyment. This includes outdoor lounging/sunbathing areas, mixed-use patio areas, and decks. Of course, modern sensibilities demand that not only are aesthetics top-notch, but that there’s a greater durability, reduction of maintenance, pest-resistance, and–perhaps most importantly–a tangible boost in property value.
4. Durable Roofing Materials
Modern homeowners are becoming aware that roofing materials form a large part of a home’s integrity, energy efficiency, and safety. As an example, modern underlayment linings of roofs are becoming top-of-mind–something that previous generations may have not known about. With rising temperatures, inclement weather, and new technology for better materials available to consumers within affordable price-points.
Modern underlayment linings are made from either felt (ex. rubberized, asphalt-saturated) or synthetic fibers, acting as a weather-proof barrier (including harmful UV rays) that would otherwise wreak havoc on the rest of your home. Underlayment is laid beneath every other roof covering, including your home’s insulation, for comprehensive coverage.
5. Proper HVAC System
Considering that HVAC is responsible for maintaining a comfortable and healthy environment within a building, it’s no surprise that there’s been a trend towards optimizing how air is conditioned and flows throughout your home. Thanks to developments in cloud computing and IoT (the Internet of Things), homeowners have been using automation for their smart homes to gain control and updated information on their HVAC systems. For example, modern homes feature HVAC systems that offer “zone control”, where unused portions of a home can reduce their energy usage, while high-traffic areas are optimized for maximum comfort. It’s customizability like this that has modern homeowners choosing smart HVAC for long-lasting builds.
6. Use More Solid Surfaces
Solid surface materials have improved dramatically since they were first popularized back in 1967. Nowadays, a solid surface bathroom counter can highly resemble natural stone while maintaining it’s wonderfully non-porous, maintenance-free benefits. One of the most strikingly beautiful things about solid surface installations is the seamless nature of the fabrication. You can create a solid surface shower design that wraps around on all 3 sides without worrying about water leakage, grout mold, or any other maintenance issues. Not only is this hands-free design attractive to potential buyers, but it is also a feature that will remain durable for years to come.
As technology develops and consumer demand rises, we can expect a greater increase of homes features the aforementioned aspects incorporated into their designs. Whether you’re looking for better roofing materials, more durable structures, and more optimized outdoor spaces, modern homes are expected to be better than ever before.