Top 5 hottest home build­ing trends

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(MS) — Th­ese days, home trends are about more than good de­sign and aes­thet­ics — they’re about cre­at­ing spa­ces that re­flect our val­ues and are more com­fort­able and en­joy­able to live in. From net­zero and net-pos­i­tive con­struc­tion to tiny min­i­mal­ist homes, trends are all about your fam­ily’s life­style.

Whether you’re shop­ping for a new home, ren­o­vat­ing your own or cre­at­ing a new build from scratch, here are some of the big­gest trends you need to know for in­spi­ra­tion.

Sus­tain­able de­sign: This one has been pop­u­lar for a long time, but green de­sign has evolved to be about much more than en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances and LED light bulbs. Now, it’s all about mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing in your home re­duces your car­bon foot­print and min­i­mizes any im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

To try the trend your­self, think big and get cre­ative – in­stall so­lar pan­els on your roof, choose build­ing ma­te­ri­als that don’t re­quire de­for­esta­tion and upcycle old fur­ni­ture for dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments in­stead of buy­ing new.

Disas­ter re­siliency: Cli­mate change af­fects us in so many neg­a­tive ways, and one of the top con­cerns is the in­crease in nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. From wild­fires that last for months to ma­jor floods that af­fect en­tire cities, we now need to pre­pare for the worst when build­ing our homes.

Switch­ing to disas­ter-re­silient ma­te­ri­als is an im­por­tant first step. Many builders now pre­fer to use stronger, more en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient ma­te­ri­als like in­su­lated con­crete forms (ICFs) in­stead of more tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als like wood. For ex­am­ple, Nudura ICFs can with­stand winds of up to 250 miles per hour (equiv­a­lent to an F4 tor­nado) and of­fer a fire pro­tec­tion rat­ing of up to four hours.

Out­door liv­ing: Many of us are now choos­ing to forgo get­ting a cot­tage or sum­mer home and recre­ate the ex­pe­ri­ence in our own back­yards. This trend helps you make the most of your ex­ist­ing space and take full ad­van­tage of your yard or pa­tio dur­ing the sum­mer months.

You can de­sign a full liv­ing space out­side, com­plete with an out­door tele­vi­sion and comfy couches, as well as a kitchen and re­frig­er­a­tor for en­ter­tain­ing. Con­sider adding a fire­place or firepit to keep warm dur­ing cool sum­mer nights and en­joy the out­doors through spring, fall and even win­ter if you’re brave.

Home au­to­ma­tion: This is an­other long­stand­ing trend that shows no signs of slow­ing down. It has also evolved to en­com­pass more of the home to make life even more com­fort­able and con­ve­nient.

From an oven that can be turned on re­motely to pre­heat, to sky­lights that can open and close au­to­mat­i­cally to cre­ate the per­fect am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture, there are more ways than ever to in­te­grate smart home tech­nol­ogy into your liv­ing space.

You can start small with voice as­sis­tant and smart light bulbs and work your way up to a to­tal smart home sys­tem that in­cludes home se­cu­rity, tem­per­a­ture con­trols and all your elec­tronic de­vices.

Cus­tomiza­tion: You don’t have to set­tle for what mass man­u­fac­tur­ers de­cide to build, or what works for ev­ery­one else. Cre­at­ing a home that’s as unique as you are is the lat­est trend, with cus­tombuilt stor­age and per­son­al­ized ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures to make your space stand out.

You can even go as far as build­ing a cus­tom home that’s suited to your fam­ily. Older home de­mo­li­tions and pur­chas­ing land-only prop­er­ties is be­com­ing more com­mon, al­low­ing you to work with an ar­chi­tect to cre­ate ex­actly what you want with a new build.

Find more in­for­ma­tion about the ben­e­fits of build­ing a home with ICFs at

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