Creative building is no longer the domain of wealthy businesses and the arts. Across America and, indeed, the world, new materials and tools are being developed every year. The result? The everyday home can now be inclusive of savvy architectural design, and even budget custom homes are notable in their design and use of space – no matter how limited.
What remains to be answered is the motivation behind the proliferation of aesthetically pleasing, interest homes. When it comes to common considerations in new buildings, many developers and builders are acutely aware of requirements; so it’s not a technical reason for these sorts of builds. Cost is a reason, as outlined above. But, the key is in the attitudes of the consumers.
Openness with customers
Mass produced housing for the population booms of the post-war period and onwards was designed for ease of use, but basic design. Clearly, many types of blanket-produced designs aren’t architecturally inspiring (though, in the case of New York’s brownstones and the ilk, they’ve become idiosyncratically desirable). The result is that many homeowners don’t know how the innards of their houses work, and this is reflected in the media. A 2016 Wakefield Research study found most homeowners have gaps in knowledge when it comes to maintenance. A major driver behind custom-build, architecturally creative housing has been from the inclusion of homeowners in the building process. Construction firm Orange County Custom Homes has suggested that the key to great, modern home builds is keeping customers enfranchised with the entire building process. The result are inspiring, aesthetically pleasing homes with a nod towards maintenance and functionality.
The green revolution
From as far back as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to New York’s soft infrastructure plans, big plans have never shied away from getting involved with designs influenced by mother nature. The huge push towards environmental prudence and green features within building has influenced home design, too. The desire to include architectural features that influence a low carbon footprint mean that creativity is being brought into the home. Examples include the excellent carbon-negative homes in Boston, and Paris’ seed-spreading green facings on apartment blocks.
With some features expensive to implement, the savings made on energy costs and sustainability mean that these category of changes remain extremely lucrative and popular amongst the market. The future proofing brought about by environmentally friendly building is also attractive to investors looking for long term stability; this has been reflected by the findings of Apex Clean Energy, who surveyed 153 corporate firms and found 84% were looking to invest in green solutions.
The internet and social media have allowed consumers all over the world to be influenced by culture via apps. This includes architectural design, bringing features from the Middle East and Asia to the phones of consumers in the US and further afield. Like environmental design, it is affordable and forward-thinking to include interesting, creative designs in the home, and people are finally enabled to do this with custom home builds.
Custom home builds are becoming the status quo for many families and individuals across the nation. More affordable, more inclusive of technology and more spectacular, the interaction between the construction industry and exciting architecture is only set to grow.