By Sue Bady
My previous blog post explored two current developments in real estate, i.e., higher demand for housing in the suburbs and a higher percentage of adaptive reuse activity, where existing buildings are renovated as apartments. In this post, three leading American architects call out specific modifications in housing design that buyers are beginning to see in the market and will continue to see.
If 2020 has taught us anything about designing houses, it’s that we need to be concerned about healthy living spaces, climate action, and an equitable economy, says Nathan Kipnis, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C.
“There is a clear intersection of [these three] primary concerns, and we all need to take [them] into account,” says Kipnis, principal of Kipnis Architecture + Planning, based in Evanston, Ill., who recently opened a second office in Boulder, Colo.
Kipnis feels that the incoming Biden administration is “primed for action” and that there will be a continuing push to integrate greater levels of high-performance, energy-efficient design; a newly focused understanding (thanks to the pandemic) of healthy spaces and features in homes; and the utilization of local materials and workers to stimulate the economy.
COVID-19 is already impacting home design and will continue to do so, says Deryl Patterson, AIA, president of Housing Design Matters in Jacksonville, Fla. Patterson identifies eight specific trends: