When it comes to renovating the family home in 2020, Brisbane homeowners are demanding more out of their homes and the construction process than ever before with a shift towards increased energy and water efficiency, modular construction methods and better use of our shrinking living spaces. We’re also seeing an evolution in styling towards a uniquely Australian aesthetic with a surprise comeback from the 1970s terrazzo trend.
One of the fastest-growing trends in how we build our homes is Modular Construction. This type of construction involves building sections of houses in a factory and then assembling them on-site. These modules can vary from entire houses or apartments to walls that can be used to create larger components.
As a construction method, Modular Construction boasts faster build time and less construction waste which reduces landfill and makes this type of construction more cost-effective.
Focus on Energy and Water Efficiency
Energy and water efficiency continue to influence the renovation design process. One of the driving forces behind this is the need to meet Brisbane City Council energy efficiency housing standards.
Brisbane families also recognise the cost-saving benefits in having more energy and water efficient home which can reduce heating and cooling energy needs and slash energy bills by as much as 30%.
More Smart Home Technology
The number of households in Australia to adopt home automation systems is expected to rise to 41.9% by 2023.
Home automation makes the lives of Brisbane families easier and also provides opportunities to further improve energy efficiency with the latest home automation products allowing Brisbane families to control appliances, lighting, heating, cooling, home security, music and more.
Because of this rising use of home automation, more Brisbane homeowners are incorporating smart wiring into their renovation design. It is more economical to install smart wiring infrastructure during the construction process before the plastering and painting are complete.
Even if a homeowner is not quite ready to take the home-automation plunge, installing the appropriate wiring during renovation construction future-proofs the home.
Getting the Most Out Small Spaces, Both Outside and In
Our backyards are getting smaller, with block sizes shrinking and new residential developments across Brisbane choosing central parks over traditional big backyards. It just means that we have to be a little smarter in how we use that space.
From vertical gardens, to narrow lap pools, to built-in furniture, taking the time to plan the perfect functional outdoor sanctuary that makes the most of your space is the key.
Modern homes are getting smaller which means that renovation designers are being challenged to do more with less space. So that we don’t have to compromise on lifestyle, the spaces within our homes must be multifunctional. Multifunctional design solutions include multipurpose furniture, hidden storage and clever use of colour and sliding screens to subtly close off rooms.
An Australian Influence on Hamptons Style
The last decade has seen a surge in the popularity of Hamptons-style homes across Brisbane suburbs. While it will likely remain popular, it will evolve from traditional blue and white into a colour palette that is influenced by Australian landscapes with the inclusion of earthy tones, muted greens and mustard.
Terrazzo Makes a Comeback
Brisbane homeowners are increasingly moving away from marble and towards terrazzo. Terrazzo is nothing new, having originated in Italy over 500 years ago and is a composite material of marble chippings set into cement and polished to create a smooth finish. Traditionally sold as flooring, the material was popular in the 1970s and is now back on-trend as homeowners move towards artisan, decorative surfaces. Patterns and colours are big and bold and are being used in kitchen benchtops, splashbacks, bathrooms and feature tiles. The pattern is also being used in household textiles.
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