In 2021, we wrote about the home design trends we expected to see that year. While most of these have held true, new trends have also emerged as our economy and society evolve. With remote work on the rise, smaller families, high living costs and more competition in the housing market, we expect changes to how people build homes.
As our lifestyles evolve, so do our preferences for living spaces. In 2024, we expect homes to cater to more modern needs. From functional yet stylish designs to eco-friendly construction materials, this list will explore the upcoming trends in Perth’s home-building market.
1. Eco-Friendly / Sustainable Homes
As people seek homes that are more durable and energy-efficient, eco-friendliness has become a key priority in homebuilding. This encompasses not only the materials used for construction but also the long-term energy efficiency of the property.
Solar panels have gained popularity as an eco-friendly solution for sustainable homes. They harness renewable solar energy to power households, reducing reliance on traditional electricity sources and lowering utility bills. We expect many to continue to opt for solar power in 2024, and we believe this will increase as battery technology improves.
We also expect there to be a focus on energy efficiency, ensuring the home regulates its temperature with less reliance on air conditioning.
Sustainable materials such as reclaimed wood, bamboo flooring, recycled glass countertops, and low-VOC paints are on the rise in home construction. These materials reduce environmental impact and contribute to healthier indoor air quality by minimising off-gassing of harmful chemicals.
2. Outdoor Living Spaces
The integration of outdoor kitchens and dining areas is becoming increasingly popular. Homeowners are now seeking to extend their living spaces beyond the confines of their homes, creating functional and stylish outdoor areas.
Embracing natural landscaping and greenery has become a key focus for many homeowners looking to enhance their outdoor living spaces. This trend involves incorporating lush gardens, native plants, and sustainable landscaping elements into the design, promoting a seamless connection with nature. Floor to ceiling windows and bifold doors are also here to stay.
3. Raw / Natural Materials
Utilising exposed brick and wood elements can create a warm and inviting atmosphere. These materials add character and depth to the design, offering a timeless appeal and a move away from the more curated finishes we’ve seen in recent years.
Showcasing natural stone features in design adds a touch of elegance and luxury. Whether it’s marble countertops or a statement wall, incorporating natural stone elevates the aesthetic of any space.
Accents of metal bring an industrial edge to interior design. From light fixtures to furniture legs, using metal accents adds visual interest and creates a modern, urban vibe within the home.
Instead of a flat finish, texture on the walls provides tactile richness and a rawness that we’ve come to like. Whether through textured paint or wallpaper.
Incorporating raw and natural materials into home building is not just about aesthetics; it also aligns with sustainable living practices by reducing reliance on synthetic materials that have environmental impacts throughout their lifecycle.
4. Simple Spaces / Minimalism
Embracing clean lines and uncluttered interiors is a key aspect of the minimalistic trend. By reducing visual noise, homeowners can create a serene and calming environment.
Opting for neutral colour palettes and sleek finishes complements the minimalist approach. White, beige, or light grey walls paired with simple yet elegant furniture contribute to spaciousness and tranquillity.
Focusing on functional and purposeful design elements allows for a decluttered living space while maintaining practicality. For instance, built-in storage solutions help keep belongings out of sight, contributing to the minimalist look.
5. More living space, less bedrooms.
As families are becoming smaller, the need for multiple bedrooms is diminishing. With fewer children or the rise of “DINK“s (Dual Income, No Kids), the demand for numerous bedrooms has decreased significantly.
Moreover, as land availability decreases and urban areas become more populated, homes are being designed with a focus on long-term adaptability to accommodate changing needs. This means that homeowners are prioritising additional living and entertaining areas instead of allocating substantial space for numerous bedrooms that may not be frequently used.
This shift in design reflects an emphasis on creating versatile spaces that can serve various purposes over time. For instance, a room initially designated as a home office could easily transform into a guest bedroom or a hobby room when needed. This adaptability aligns with the evolving lifestyle preferences of modern homeowners who seek flexibility and multifunctional spaces within their homes.
6. Duplex Homes
People increasingly seek to purchase desirable land closer to the city, building a duplex to offset building costs OR provide an investment option. With the diminishing availability of spacious land, especially in inner-city areas, duplex properties are gaining popularity. This trend is driven by the need for more housing and increasing market price.
Duplex designs are expected to focus on providing privacy and making optimal use of available space. For example, architects and builders might incorporate soundproofing measures between units to enhance privacy for residents. Innovative floor plans that maximize living space while maintaining a sense of separation between the two units will likely become more prevalent.
7. Narrow Lot / Two Storey Homes
Constructing vertically is becoming increasingly popular to make the most of narrow lots. This trend allows homeowners to maximise space without compromising on design and functionality. By building upwards, it’s possible to create a spacious living area while leaving room for outdoor features like gardens or parking.
Innovative space-saving designs are implemented in two-storey homes to optimise every available space. These designs often incorporate clever storage solutions, multi-purpose rooms, and open-plan layouts that enhance the feeling of spaciousness.
8. Home Office / Working Spaces
With the rise of remote work, home builders increasingly incorporate dedicated home office areas into their designs. These spaces are being tailored to be more comfortable and conducive to productivity, recognising the growing importance of the home office. Expect an emphasis on natural light and luxurious touches to create a welcoming environment for the work-from-home crowd.
Versatility is key in these new working spaces, as they need to transition from professional settings to personal use seamlessly.
These versatile workspaces may also integrate technology for seamless connectivity and enhanced functionality. For instance, built-in charging stations or smart lighting systems can elevate the overall user experience while maintaining a clean and uncluttered aesthetic.
You’ve now got the inside scoop on the upcoming home-building trends for 2024. From eco-friendly designs to maximising living space, it’s clear that the focus is on sustainability and practicality. So, whether you’re considering a custom build or planning renovations, these trends offer a roadmap for creating a modern, efficient, and stylish home.