Millennials have huge buying power, and the design world is taking notice of their preferences. There is a growing interest for sustainable homes and that sustainable home which is driven partly by soaring energy prices, greater environmental awareness in key demographics and the transition to an owner-occupier property market as investors fade away. With the pandemic, millennials have realized the importance of a home and are leaving no stone unturned to create their own unique identity.
a. Use of Natural Materials & Features: One can see more natural tones in today’s millennial homes such as reclaimed wood, neutral palates and barn doors. Linoleum is another option for sustainable flooring as it is made of natural materials, which in turn makes it biodegradable. These flooring options are not just eco-conscious but equally trendy as well.
b. Reuse & Recycle: Rainwater harvesting from all roofs and roof terrace areas, and integrated planter boxes that are automatically irrigated using recaptured rainwater are some of latest trends to reuse and recycle. Millennials want green space in their homes which add the textures and create a fresh breathing space as most of them are working from home.
c. Low maintenance materials: Millennials are choosing eco-friendly materials such as non-toxic paint and they are championing the move to high design at low cost which doesn’t require regular maintenance. A lot of home owners are alternatively opting for walls with renewable wood finish. These mainly comprise bamboo and cork. Bamboo, specifically, can be harvested quickly in two to three years as opposed to normal wood that usually takes over a decade. Both the woods can also be manipulated with eco-friendly stains to give a darker look, giving an elegant finish.
d. Energy Efficiency: Energy consumption is one of the major contributors to climate change. Architects and interior designers are seeing millennials demanding a building to be energy efficient, mainly by reducing the amount of energy needed for heating, lighting, running appliances, etc., and by providing renewable, non-carbon-based energy to the building.
e. Design for flexibility and longevity: The goal of designing for longevity is to design durable and timeless spaces and suppress the urge to change the whole design every couple of years. The best way to achieve timelessness is to choose quality over quantity, classics over trendy, and simplicity/functionality over embellishments.
f. Budget-friendly homes: The pandemic is shifting the focus to things that should have been more important; a life filled with gratitude. There is a whole subculture dedicated to upcycling furniture. Creatively reusing tired or unwanted pieces of furniture and giving them a new lease of life is a great way to save money. Home buyers that wish to create dynamic spaces within their budget homes consider this as one of the most important requirements for themselves.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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