News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Nick Lehnert / BUILDER / June 10, 2013
From spalike master baths to super-large kitchens and beautiful outdoor spaces, a range of consumer preferences is driving home design. My newly compiled list of lifestyle and design trends details what consumers want in a home now and in years to come.
• Smaller homes. According to the results of a recent AIA Design Trends Survey, there is a growing interest in smaller home sizes and volumes due to an effort to contain energy costs. The era of the McMansion could be over, and a significantly higher number of architects have reported demand for smaller homes. The key is to create scale and functionRead More
Claire Easley / BUILDER / January 22, 2013
In a telling shift, the focus for this year is less about cost savings and more about wowing buyers.
It was standing room only this morning at the “Cutting Edge Design Solutions for 2013” seminar at the 2013 International Builders’ Show, being held this week in Las Vegas, as builders and designers packed in to get a peek at the design trends positioned to entice shoppers into new homes in the coming months.
Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that while cost-saving was certainly a prominent theme, the main focus was introducing show-stopping design features that will lure buyers away from existingRead More
Cheryl Weber / Residential Architect / December 10, 2012
What will the future of residential architecture bring?
An inventory of the last half-decade’s events might mystify even bona fide futurists: A recession that wiped out nearly 20 years of Americans’ wealth, the urgency of global warming, the flood of social media, and an Internet that’s accessible on a pocket-size touchscreen. What would Alvin Toffler, who popularized the term “information overload” in the 1970s, think about how we live and work today?
Times change, and the practice of architecture changes with them. In this industry moment poised between post-crash and comeback,Read More