Sustainable home trends to watch in 2017

What’s on the horizon in home design

Contributed by Chloe Taylor

Healthy, sustainable living is not a new concept, but it promises to shift the face of home building in the near future. Sustainable design can provide solutions to some of the most sinister challenges that we face as a global society.

A  green ecosystem can grow in the heart of our concrete jungles when superior knowledge and technology meets care for the environment and human well-being.

The cycle of new life

One-third of home builders report that the majority of their projects include sustainable practices. Reclaimed materials have gained in popularity throughout design and construction sectors. They reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

Reclaimed wood, for example, presents a good way to reduce the waste of materials, and at the same time, it gives your home a plenty of distinctive character. We have also seen some amazing examples of homes built almost exclusively out of recycled material. Likewise, the practice of giving old objects a new purpose is on the roll across the globe.

The smart way

Smart homes point to the future of real estate industry and modern living. Exciting tech trends such as the Internet of Things fuel their advent. One can already brew coffee without leaving the bedroom, pre-heat the oven on the way home, or turn off the light with a tap of the finger.

More important, devices that automate heating, cooling, lighting and other systems play a crucial role in energy conservation. Growing development of energy-saving appliances like refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ovens has widened the assortment of available green tools.

A healthy ecosystem

Suitability does not concern only the fate of our natural habitat, but also our own health and wellbeing. In 2017, experts predict that people will give even more weight to cleansing their homes without toxins and harmful chemicals.

The first step requires awareness and identification. We need the proper tools like detectors, alarms, and home kits. They accomplish a wide array of tasks: testing for dangerous gases like radon, eliminating products and materials with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), removing lead paint, banishing smoke from the home, and controlling mold.

Water conservation

Water consumption represents another field where dynamic innovations take place. Recent years have brought the rise in popularity of water-saving features such as low-flush toilets, low-flow shower heads, timed sprinklers, composting toilets, and other smart gadgets.

People have grown more concerned about the quality of water, the key ingredient of healthy living. They now take precautions to preserve it. Still, many homeowners lack awareness that the plumbing system also contributes to the sustainable mission, so keep that in mind when calling the plumbers the next time.

Nature’s caress

We not only aspire to protect nature, but also draw inspiration from it. This tendency reflects on the choice of furniture, so expect to see a lot more wicker, cork and bamboo pieces, stone tables, and terracotta walls in 2017.

Natural finishes and organic patterns will dominate the interior landscape, which means straight lines and geometric shapes may take a back seat. Other tactics summon the rejuvenating presence of the outdoors, such as large windows and glass sliding doors that let the flood of sunlight in, or patios that extend the living space and blur the borders with the outside world.

TThe green future is now

Smart and connected homes, the hallmarks of modern design, do not revolve just around sheer awesomeness and trendiness. Moreover, natural materials and textures have managed to keep up the pace with the rapid tech implementation, and show us a complementary way into the future.

We can take advantage of these trends to harness the natural blessings, put an end to energy waste, and safeguard our health. On top of that, sustainable housing design cuts living expenses and streamlines daily chores in the same stroke. Do not fail to facilitate this win-win scenario and embrace sustainable living at its best.

Chloe Taylor is designer, stylist, environmentalist and blogger. Her fields of expertise include design, sustainable architecture, and art.

 


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