Our designs are unique as they are timeless, and as experts in custom homes, resorts, and ranch and land architecture – we strive to incorporate leading movements into our work. While we strive for architecture that endures, each project we undertake emphasizes the necessities of liveability, incorporating larger social trends and developments into every outcome.
With this in mind, we’re taking some time to review and assess some of 2023’s most influential architecture movements, and how they are making their impact on the world of design.
Sustainability & Energy Efficiency
With climate change an ever-present problem for our planet and society, leveraging technology to build better, more sustainable homes for the future is more important than ever. Reducing your carbon footprint starts at home, and eco-homes are a leading trend for doing so. This advancement prioritizes minimizing heat loss, and optimizing the building envelope, to reduce energy consumption for both heating and cooling.
By using innovative design thinking and architectural practices, effective heating and cooling solutions are achieved without simultaneously raising energy usage, in pursuit of peak energy efficiency. Combining this design trend with other technologies like low-flow fixtures, energy-efficient appliances, and solar panels, as well as harnessing renewable energy sources like geothermal, and incorporating green spaces designs, provides us a path for a more sustainable architectural future that doesn’t sacrifice comfort.
Smart Home Technologies
Another way to counteract sustainability concerns and optimize your new custom built home’s livability is through the utilization of quickly-proliferating ‘smart home technologies.’ At the forefront of this industry are smart speaker devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, which connect into your home’s smart appliances, lighting systems, thermostats, and more, to enable you to control each of these from your phone, or by voice.
While these devices are obviously run by some of the world’s most innovative companies, another brand is making a big splash in terms of democratizing and simplifying smart home systems. Matter is a new global, open-source standard aiming to simplify the smart home ecosystem by allowing internet-connected devices from different manufacturers to simply and securely communicate. This brings the soaring possibilities of the smart home down to earth for more people, and makes this dream more consumer-friendly.
Also increasing in popularity are smart home security technologies, including smart doorbells, locks, and security systems. Being able to secure your home and keep your family safe is now easier than ever, with your phone becoming the key to an ultra-secure, simple-to-use, highly effective home security system. From monitoring your Amazon deliveries at work, to remembering to lock your door once you’re already on the road, to being able to talk to your children wherever you are, smart home security systems turn your home into a castle, without affecting the appearance.
Health & Wellness
One final, all-encompassing trend in residential architecture is the focus on health and wellness in the home. Healthy living starts with healthy building, particularly when it comes to using non-toxic building materials. Additionally, keeping your home’s ecosystem healthy and flourishing involves air and water filtration systems, which help to remove chemicals and other impurities from the air and water. Finally, biophilic design, or the incorporation of plant and water features within the home, also takes place. Our very own architect and Project Manager, Cam Frey, has a certification in biophilic design, which he uses to bridge the connection between the natural environment and the interior space.
This includes features such as air filtration systems, natural light sources like skylights or large windows, non-toxic building materials, and plenty of green space for outdoor activities. Additionally, biophilic design, which incorporates natural elements like plants and water features into indoor spaces, is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners looking to make their homes healthier places to live.
If you’re looking to leverage some of the latest movements in residential architecture in your new custom home, the SRI team is waiting to hear from you. Let’s start the conversation today!