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These are the NEW Home Construction Trends Home Buyers Want

New home construction trends are constantly evolving.

Believe it or not, you might be surprised to discover that the new home construction trends relevant to the modern millennial generation are quickly evolving faster than we’ve ever anticipated to know.

With more and more homebuyers of the future demanding functional design, it makes a lot of sense too. Not only are new home construction trends focusing on quality craftsmanship, but they’re merging comfort and convenience into the lives of homeowners too.

Beyond just fashionable and trendy aesthetics. Or striking and dramatic architecture. Today’s home buyers want more from their living space.

From fusing tech with lifestyle to accessible living options, maximizing space for less and environmentally focused details.

At the end of the day, it’s important to consider the latest-and-greatest new home construction trends of the future, because ultimately it will impact your resale value later down the line.

Especially as you grow into different chapters throughout your life.

Keep in mind, new home construction trends can become more important to you based on your current living needs. These new home construction trends, alterations or details don’t have to break the bank either.

Think more sustainable design, environmentally-sourced materials, energy-efficient details and ample storage space, just to name a few.

More than anything, home buyers of this modern Millennial generation are demanding that home builders and architects of the future incorporate livable and meaningful design. That not only enhances their lives but complements it too.

Homebuyers want an accessible and efficient laundry room

According to the National Association of Home Builders, 91% of people surveyed (in the U.S.A.) want a separate laundry room in their new home.

That makes a lot of sense.

An accessible laundry room fit with all of the latest energy-efficient appliances is not just functional, but enjoyable too.

For the modern home buyer generation, having a separate laundry room allows you to keep your space free from clutter, dirty clothes, ironing or other mud-room related activities.

Keeping everything in one space means that it stays away from other areas of your house. Like that fresh linen couch ordered online from Restoration Hardware. Hello, vino? Your stains aren’t welcome here.

For home buyers or owners that don’t already have an optimal laundry room, fear not. An experienced architect and a professional contractor can easily assess which room would be best for this in your home. For renovated homes, basements are usually great options to place a laundry room. Most of the time they’re already unfinished or the utility lines are already in place and easy to access.

However, for new home builds, custom-homes, renovation projects or those homeowners that simply want their laundry room to be easier to access, adding a laundry room closer to the bedroom generally costs anywhere between $5,000-$10,000 or upwards. Ultimately, the cost to install will vary based on the project.

Energy conservation is key

With more and more homes incorporating smart home technology, there’s no denying that home buyers of today care about fusing technology with a comfortable home experience.

Having more energy-efficient choices means that home buyers don’t have to minimize comfort in exchange for optimal appliance usage.

Take for example the fact that energy-efficient windows can trim heating and cooling costs significantly, based on your location and municipality.

With vacuum-sealed invisible glass coatings, solid weather stripping and improved framing materials, the latest technology for today’s windows are advanced.

Meanwhile, your latest-and-greatest laundry and dishwasher appliances can significantly drive down your utility bills.

Outdoor living matters

According to survey respondents, outdoor living is one of the most coveted areas of a home.

Outdoor living allows for great entertainment, family-friendly activities or can simply be a fantastic extension of living space within your home.

Home buyers today want everything from traditional walk-out patios to elevated decks or backyard firepits. Don’t forget to budget for full-barbeque grilling kitchen areas. What else are backyards made for?

Garage storage space is key

With more and more urban dwellings, garage space has quickly become a coveted opportunity for home expansion.

In fact, it turns out, converting a garage into a livable space is all the rage.

For buyers that need lots of storage space, converting their garage into a usable room makes a lot of sense.

Buyers should keep in mind that any type of streamlined living easily equates to better resale value. Even if you’re not ready to make the full leap and completely convert your garage, creating some space in your garage helps to keep clutter out of other areas of your home.

The cost for installation or renovation will vary from project to project. However, you’ll want to budget for strategically-placed cabinetry and shelving, discreet storage, overhead lighting, and additional electrical circuits.

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Converting a garage into livable space

Turns out, today’s homeowners want livable garages.

The days of dirty, dusty and storage-filled garages have come to an end. This isn’t your grandfather’s garage anymore.

Believe it or not, many builders and renovators are transforming garages into useful, comfortable living spaces.

In fact, according to this article in the Globe and Mail, “the City of Toronto, building permit data from 2014 showed homeowners had spent almost $30 million on more than 2,400 garage conversion projects. This doesn’t take into account all of the other projects that have taken place since. Or might have been constructed without the appropriate building permits.”

So why are more and more people converting the garage into a livable space?

Converting your garage into a livable space is a fantastic opportunity to maximize your home’s square footage. Also, you’ll get valuable use out of the space. Whether it’s to accommodate a growing family or using the space to be better utilized for your lifestyle — garage conversions are all the rage.

The trend is especially popular in urban areas where real estate is expensive, and backyards don’t allow for further expansion.

Garages are a new-found treasure trove of space.

A great option for an extra living room, a home office, home gym, workshop, studio or other need. Also, with the increase in many companies allowing employees to work from home, the garage is the new frontier for gaining a workspace.

Turns out… converting the garage into a livable space is easier than people think.

Homeowners who are doing extensive renovations on their homes, find that it makes sense to demolish the garage completely in order to allow construction equipment to gain access to the rear of the house. Afterwards, garages are then rebuilt as part of the overall home renovation project as new living space. And if there’s a room also being built above the former garage such as a loft-style design, then the space is doubled.

For homeowners who want to convert their garage but don’t want to invest in a full reconstruction, making a garage into a habitable space requires a number of specific considerations.

Here’s how to get started converting the garage into a livable space:

To start, municipal codes often regulate certain aspects ranging from window and door requirements to electrical outlets and plumbing. Keep in mind, renovating a bare-bones area that was intended for cars and storage isn’t a total dream.

Special permits that adhere to zoning requirements are required.

Every city is different so it’s important to work with an experienced builder who is familiar with the building codes of your area.

Here are some other things to consider about converting the garage into a livable space

  • The space needs to be at least eight feet high and have proper ventilation, insulation, heating, lighting, and drywall.
  • A strong, insulated wall, with or without windows, needs to be built where the garage door is located.
  • The floor needs to be raised above the concrete and covered with a warm, comfortable material.
  • Household equipment that may currently exist in or near the garage such as a furnace, hot water tank, laundry appliances or central vacuum needs to be sectioned off if you don’t want the expense of moving them.

There’s no denying that garage conversions are a great way to avoid extending the square footage of your home. For Toronto and other areas in the GTA, sometimes additions aren’t permitted. Which means a garage conversion solves that problem. This way you’re not changing the footprint of your home.

What’s the process?

A general contractor will assess the space and provide design concepts. When a plan is confirmed, he’ll submit the application to the municipality to receive a permit to build, demolish or alter the structure or space.

The review process can be time-consuming. And sometimes, adjustments have to be made. But it’s a necessary step.

A zoning examiner will assess the garage to determine if all zoning requirements have been met in the plan.

Some of these requirements can include the size and scope of the project. Along with its location in relation to other structures on the property. This is also when the examiner will likely factor in parking requirements on the property and your street.

During this time, the zoning examiner will also outline any special requirements for the property. According to your city’s bylaws. In some cases, aspects can be modified to meet the needs of the builder. If this is the case, an application to the Committee of Adjustment is required.

If a builder or homeowner doesn’t apply for a permit and starts the construction, there can be major fines and stop-work orders. In addition to this being a huge obstacle for you as a homeowner, it can also be costly in the long run.

Failure to obtain the proper building permits can force you to have to remove already constructed material and still pay for the unused building materials as well.

And finally…

Although a garage conversion may be ideal for your needs, also consider the effect it may have on the resale value of your home if you ever plan to move. The conversion may or may not be welcomed by a buyer. Instead, remind the buyer that the space can easily be turned back into a garage. Then buyers might not mind your renovation. They might even enjoy an even cleaner and well-insulated parking space for their vehicle.

Whether you need more storage space or just want a more livable space in your home. Renovating a garage may be the ideal solution. It’s a major renovation. But the rewards of that extra square footage can greatly enhance your lifestyle and enjoyment of your home.

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Most popular flooring for kitchens and bathrooms

What’s the most popular flooring for kitchens and bathrooms? 

There’s no denying that the quality of your interior finishes for your custom home or home renovation has a significant impact on the look and atmosphere of its style.

As a custom home builder, we’re dedicated to helping you make choices that are timeless, durable and affordable.

So that you can enjoy your home for decades — and don’t feel the need to do a renovation 10 years later. Choosing quality materials is key.

So, what are the most popular flooring for kitchens and bathrooms?

With kitchens and bathrooms being busy, high-traffic rooms, here are the most popular materials for flooring. Remember, whatever option you choose to go with, safety should come first. Flooring in these rooms needs to be non-slip and easy to clean. Without sacrificing beauty.

High-quality vinyl

Vinyl is one of the most affordable flooring options available. Since it’s a man-made, manufactured material it’s completely water and stain resistant. It’s easy to clean. And simple to sweep to remove dust and debris.

Today’s luxury vinyl flooring is made of much higher quality material than what existed decades ago. Today’s patterns and textures mimic the look of other materials such as wood and stone with remarkable accuracy.

Ceramic and porcelain tile

Ceramic tile is extremely durable and easy to keep clean — including the new stain-resistant grouts that are available.

Additionally, Ceramic is also an inexpensive option. Made from clay, sand, and water, this material is molded into shape. Then baked to remove the moisture.

Due to the higher moisture content in ceramic tile, it should only be used indoors. The reason is that ceramic tile is more susceptible to freezing and thaw-related weather cracks.

Porcelain tile comes from dense forms of clay (compared to ceramic). Since it’s less porous it’s more durable.

Porcelain can be used for both indoors and outdoors. It won’t crack as easily in colder climates as ceramic tile does. And it also generally lasts longer than ceramic in pretty much every application. Lastly, it easily withstands high foot traffic and increased levels of wear and tear.

Since ceramic and porcelain tiles both come in endless shapes, sizes, colours and patterns. You can create any look or style you want in your kitchen or bathroom. From farmhouse vintage to modern sleek simplicity. There are tiles and pattern combinations to suit any style.

Natural stone

Whenever you’re incorporating natural materials into your custom home or renovation, they usually give a luxurious look to the space. The most popular natural stone options for kitchens and bathrooms are marble, granite, slate, travertine and sandstone.

It’s important to note that natural stone is porous. Which makes it susceptible to water and stains. You’ll have to seal the stone on an annual basis depending on how much how much foot traffic it gets.

Additionally, a super-absorbent stone can be prone to cracking and damage in freezing cold conditions. Certain stones are also more porous and susceptible to water damage than others. So make sure you choose the right stone for your space.

Consider the quality of materials

Whenever you’re sourcing natural stone materials, some retailers might use a grading system to rate the quality of materials. This grading system is often dependent on size, shape and thickness of the material as well as the condition of its surface.

  • Grade 1: refers to high-quality, uniform materials.
  • Grade 2: might have some minor defects done to the stone like chips, scratches or irregular surfaces.
  • Grade 3: will likely have major flaws in size, shape and surface. These are only going to work as accent pieces as part of a decorative application.

Ultimately, choosing the right materials for your kitchen and bathroom is an important process and selecting your finishes. Which usually means that your end goal for your dream home is likely in sight.

Whether your design taste is modern and sleek, or you prefer a more traditional or natural look, work with an experienced and professional home builder and a talented interior designer to help make a choice that’s both practical and attractive — but also has a timelessness. That way as décor trends change throughout the years, your floor will still look good and complement any new interior design trends.

 

How Millennials are influencing custom home building

In the custom home building industry, it’s important to be at the leading edge of innovation and design trends. Quite simply, to meet the demands of constantly evolving lifestyles.

The newest home buyers on the horizon are Millennials. Since they don’t have the same lifestyle of their Baby Boomer parents, they have different home design tastes and preferences.

Many Millennials are focused on functional design. Think low maintenance, energy-efficiency, environment-friendly materials and beyond.

The good news is, Millennials plan to own a home within the next five years

Millennials are having a surprising effect on custom home building and in 2018 alone Millennials made up half of Canada’s first-time home buyers.

In fact, the cross-Canada survey conducted by Leger found that 87 per cent of Canadians aged 25 to 30 believe homeownership is a good investment. More so, 69 per cent hope to own a home in the next five years.

This home buying generation has unique requests.

Millennials care more about function than square footage

Convenience and connectedness are the new square footage to the Millennial generation. From technology to neighborhoods, wellness amenities and social networks, Millennials want to build their home where they can feel connected and part of a community. To this generation, a new home represents an opportunity to connect and socialize with friends and family.

Many Millennials opt for urban city dwellings over the sprawling suburbs for their first home. As the saying goes, Millennials want to “be where the action is”. At this stage, they don’t want “too much house” since it requires more upkeep than they want to do.

Less house to maintain means more time for the social scene.

Some Millennials also perceive smaller homes to be less demanding on the environment. Further, Millennials want design elements and home construction materials that have been ethically sourced and are eventually biodegradable, recyclable, or good for the environment.

Smart homes infused with technology

Having a SMART home is also important to this high-tech generation. Jill Waage, an editorial director at Better Homes and Gardens, said during a presentation at the 2015 International Builders’ Show, “Our research shows that women 35 and under see value in owning a home and their attitudes toward making space livable through smart technology and integrated design are significantly stronger than those of their older cohorts. The next generation of homeowners will lead the way in adopting new technology — making features like the ability to preheat an oven or unlock the front door from a smartphone the new norm in home convenience.” 

More and more homes being equipped to support SMART home technology. It’s a no-brainer that this technology needs to be supported starting with the new home construction process. From properly wiring the electrical throughout the house and insuring WiFi connectivity is strong and consistent from room to room.

Multifunctional spaces to maximize on space

Millennials care about minimalism and maximizing space for functionality with clever design.

Top of the list for design strategies includes capturing and creating opportunities for sunlight from various areas in the home.

As well, fluid and open floor plans, lots of windows, half-wall dividers and translucent or clear glass-paneled doors that allow light to travel more deeply into the interior of a home are desired.

Light naturally expands smaller spaces which makes this a great design strategy to make the space look larger than it actually is.

Flexible space is key

Aside from adding light to a room, multifunctional spaces that are flexible in their use are key.

Incorporating movable elements such as doors on tracks rather than swinging open, and cabinetry or storage on wheels are all ways to be more space-efficient.

With Millennials choosing smaller spaces, they’re able to indulge in high-quality finishes and interesting features in their home. For example, even with less square footage, they’ll opt for a eucalyptus-infused steam shower with rainforest shower heads.

In this article by New Home Source, it’s surprising to learn what the most desired features are that Millennials want in a home.

Turns out, features related to energy efficiency topped their list of interests. A separate laundry room was also on the most-wanted list, with 55 per cent saying they wouldn’t buy a new home without one. Believe it or not, exterior lighting came in second, with 88 per cent saying it was essential or desirable. Storage also made the top 10 list, with linen closets, a walk-in pantry and garage storage also being important.

The least likely features Millennials claimed to care about? Outdoor kitchens with plumbing and appliances and two-story foyers and living rooms. However, entertaining outdoors is important to Millennials and living room like settings are key. But anything beyond having a barbecue for grilling hasn’t really been deemed as necessary.

Regardless, your custom home or renovation should represent your personal style. And reflect who you are and what you want the space to embody. Millennials are proving to have unique tastes which makes for an exciting future in home building and design.

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Here’s Why Millennials Should Build Their Homes Instead of Buy

Millennial homeownership. It’s not news to anyone that Millennials aren’t buying homes in the same way that the previous generation did.

You might be thinking… Fact or fiction?

Turns out there might be some truth to this. But it doesn’t mean they don’t still have dreams of “millennial homeownership”.

In fact, in Canada, Millennial homeownership rates are consistently higher compared to other countries.

Naturally, Toronto and Vancouver markets have some of the highest ownership rates, among other cities like Calgary which surprisingly has the highest percentage of homeowners under 35.

The report goes on to indicate, that Millennials ultimately need more housing options. So it’s not so much about not having a desire for millennial homeownership. But rather, more so to do with college debt and rising home prices, and the 2008 recession that has left many Millennials choosing to live at home longer instead.

While that’s enabling them to save up longer to make a down payment on a home, it’s still increasingly getting more difficult to get into the real estate market today.

Urban city dwellings make renting look more attractive because that way their lives can remain “Instagram-nomadic”. While there’s a strategy to this, it’s important to consider both sides of the coin.

On the one hand, renting allows you to be more adaptive to changing jobs and cities frequently.

On the other hand, you’re missing out on a lucrative opportunity to establish equity in a home and plan for a future.

There’s no denying that getting into today’s real estate market is difficult. Which is why in so many ways, building a home is the best option for Millennials.

Here’s why.

The cost of entry is generally much lower

New homes are generally more spacious, with a medium size of about 2,500 square feet.

Which means the ballpark cost per square foot is around $100 give or take. This is significantly lower cost per square foot than what you would pay in square footage for an established, existing home.

Additionally, if you’re building a home you only pay for what you want.

If you end up choosing to buy resale, you inherit a number of existing features that you pay a premium for. Even if you don’t want them!

You can custom-tailor every detail to your liking

This is probably one of the most attractive reasons to build a home for Millennials.

Who wants to live with someone else’s structural problems or taste in décor?

For the same amount of money (or less) you can build a home that’s completely custom to your own style and preferences.

More than that, you can include any special requests that are specifically tailored to your lifestyle.

While renovating an older, resale home is possible, you can’t make changes to the floorplan too significantly. Oftentimes, general contractors will come up against structural barriers and other issues that restrict your creative design wants.

More than that, while the renovation process is the right choice for many. In some cases (especially ones that require extensive maintenance) it can indicate other damages that have been done under the surface in an older home.

The fact of the matter is, while it’s always possible to renovate an older home, you just can’t get full customization like you can when you build from the ground up.

For Millennials, building a new home means that you can also leverage the latest in industry trends and SMART home technology. [link to internal post]

By ensuring that your home is built with the latest materials, Millennials can benefit from more durable and energy-efficient options that save them money and positively impact the environment.

Maintenance is less expensive

It’s pretty much a no-brainer, older homes have more wear and tear.

Which means certain elements of the property may need more maintenance.

Even worse, you may purchase a new home that has a laundry list of features that need to be replaced or are on their last legs. That sounds expensive.

If you build your home, there’s considerably less upkeep — which is one of the primary benefits to new construction.

Everything in your custom home is new and under warranty. Sometimes, your entire home can be protected for up to 10 years before you have to pay out of pocket. Win-win.

Financial programs are available to new home buyers

At the end of the day, there’s no wonder Millennials aren’t wanting to buy homes. You’ll need to consider having enough savings for a down payment, ensuring that your credit score is in good standing and that your job qualifies you to apply for a mortgage securely.

With many Millennials are harboring large student debt loans, there’s no wonder that buying a home and making a large financial investment feels overwhelming.

The truth is, it is possible for you to get into the real estate market.

Connect with a well-informed mortgage agent who can fully explain the entire buying and financing process. You’d be surprised to discover that building a home is much more affordable than you think.

From a financial perspective, once you have a plan and budget laid out, you’ve already figured out half the battle.

With all of the tax savings and first-home buyer incentives explained, building a home is a much smarter way to invest your money than rent.

Renting a property is like flushing money down the toilet.

Your money isn’t going back into the equity of the home, you don’t have any assets and you’re essentially helping someone else to pay their mortgage.

When you reframe home ownership to look at your property as not only a place that you live but a save planning; home ownership becomes the clear, most-advantageous choice.

Building your dream home doesn’t just mean you become a homeowner.

It means freedom. As in, financial freedom.

As a Millennial, you likely want to resist the confines of what’s expected of you.

Whether you remain lusting after a nomadic “Instagram lifestyle” or plan to put down roots for a while.

Build a home instead.

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Why Home Builders are embracing SMART home technology

As if we’re in a real-life Jetson’s episode, today’s SMART home technology is allowing John to be able to start dinner while stuck in traffic on his way home, unlock his front door for a delivery while at the airport or check on what his dog is doing while in a work meeting.

Turns out… homes are getting smarter. Literally.

Quickly advancing digital technology has completely changed the home design process.

SMART home technology connects directly to your Internet. With only just a WiFi connection and some savvy programming, you’re able to automate basic tasks and monitor in-home systems.

Further, SMART home technology is designed to be naturally intuitive and super easy to use. So that homeowners can effortlessly add new apps and products to their system. As well as remain more connected to the protection of their property.

Devices that are connected to your home can send the homeowner notifications if any alerts, alarms or changes to the home environment occur. Especially if you live or want to build in a rural, quiet area, SMART home technology can give you incredible peace of mind.

The future in custom home building is calling

In a lot of ways, there’s no denying that technology has made life more convenient for us.

Imagine you could have everything in your home connected to your smartphone. How would you feel knowing that all of your devices are also able to send you information, updates and take your commands?

Today, there’s a number of SMART home products. Take your pick from high-security video systems, command-driven appliances, automated shade and window blinds, cooking utensils and more.

Start with the construction process

Equipping your home with SMART home technology starts with the construction process.

During the construction process, new homes should be wired properly. This allows for seamless wireless integration to support home automation products. Some of these products can include thermostats, lighting, garage doors, exterior door locks, appliances, entertainment systems, and security.

If you’re wanting to renovate your home to incorporate SMART home technology, fear not. It’s still possible. However, older homes can have issues with supporting wireless capabilities and reception might be inconsistent from room to room.

This SMART home technology can increase your home’s potential resale value

From a custom-home building perspective, it’s all about fusing tech with connected design.

If you ever choose to resell your home at a later date, prospective buyers can perceive any existing smart home technology to be a major benefit when in the market for a new home.

More and more home buyers are opting for technology capabilities in their home builds. In the same way that hardwood floors and granite countertops add impact, the reality is: technology adds value to a home. It’s not uncommon for a break and enter to happen while homeowners are on vacation or out of town.

As a custom-home builder, it’s part of our core mission to offer our clients with as many options and home-improvements for their future residence as possible.

As we always say, we build to last, and we keep the future of you and your family top of mind.

Keep in mind when considering incorporating any SMART home technology into your custom-home build, you want to cover the basics. Keep in mind, SMART home technology is often highly personalized. It depends on your needs and wants as a homeowner. One tech tool that matters to you might not matter to another.

With whatever products you inevitably choose, you want the tool to be incredibly easy to use, not noticeable in the design and reliable for everyone.

With this technology, your home has the opportunity to improve your quality of life in new ways.

We’re committed to building your dream home with innovation and change in mind. So that we can deliver the best possible product to you.

Quite simply, this is the digital age and we’re building homes for the future.

At BRIKS Design-Build Group you can rest assured that you’re getting the absolute latest in design trends with future-thinking capabilities and ideas.

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Top Restaurant & Bar Architectural Design Ideas

Innovating restaurant and bar design ideas make a huge impact on your experience as a food establishment. When you fuse the worlds of food and experience, you’ll get an addictive combination that people naturally gravitate to.

It’s a no brainer. Everyone loves to eat out.

More than enjoying a fantastic made-for-you meal, eating out gives people a reason to get together, connect and escape.

And most of the time? People like to enjoy their food in a beautiful space. Cue the importance of beautiful restaurant and bar design ideas.

See, the thing is, the most successful restaurants always have a unique design concept that makes their bar or restaurant more than a coveted reservation, but a tangible experience too.

Think an old-world, cozy, diner bistro design with banquet-style seating. Or dimly-lit 70’s inspired minimalism with artful wall panelling. Instagram-worthy, modern curved architecture in pastel colour palettes. Ritzy chandeliers paired with chesterfield sofas and brass accents.

Design matters.

With that said, restaurant and bar design ideas are having to become more unique than ever.

Today, we live in a quickly evolving digital world. With more and more consumers choosing fast-food and grocery delivery options, you just can’t outweigh convenience.

For the restaurant world, it needs to be about more than just functional design and great-looking restaurants. For today’s bars and restaurants, it’s all about creating in-real-life moments that are better than just the Instagram highlight reel.

The bar needs to make a statement

For every dining experience, the bar needs to be the centrepiece of the space. You should think about this area in the same way that a hearth space in a home creates a communal, gathering “inviting” experience.

The bar is also the first thing people should see when they walk in.

Additionally, it should also be visible from most of the establishment.

There should be enough space around it to encourage free-flowing movement and accessibility.

We want to encourage people to feel comfortable enough to stand and mingle, as well as properly relax into a seat.

Strategic architects should design the bar space with personal interactions in mind.

Curated glimpses or access to the kitchen staff and chefs can also create fluid transparency in the atmosphere. This dining experience adds excitement and drama.

Reflect on the past

In the 1940s through to the early 1990s, fine-dining spots expressed a sense of luxury through “generous seating, plush interiors and ornate décor. According to Architectural Digest, mid-century modern and clean, sleek minimalism are the trends of the present. That includes high-end, modern décor; cinematically-high exposed ceilings and minimal curtains, upholstery or carpet.

In the same that wall panelling and drop ceilings were all the rage in the 1950s and ’60s. Today, design trends have shifted to more upscale and luxurious spaces.

From vintage speakeasies to luxurious lounges and supper clubs. Restaurants in the 1950s through to the 1970s revealed that interior restaurant designs were opulent and luxe by nature.

Today, this concept of luxury is taken to seemingly more lowbrow spaces with open-kitchens and intimate seating. From fine-dining establishments and speciality restaurants to exclusive lounges, and chic, downtown cocktail bars. We’re seeing interior restaurant designs that are highly ornamented and plush by intention.

Think about design longevity

Time is of the essence, right?

In a future-forward way, restaurant, bar owners and architect firms should constantly be asking themselves how a design concept is going to look and feel 5 to 10 years from now. If something is too of-the-moment and whimsical by nature, your diner’s relevancy might not feel the same in the coming years.

The restaurant and bar design should encapsulate the brand embodiment and bring it to life through functional design.

Trends come and go. Reputation is forever.

Consider large scale events

At most restaurants, the design has been strategically thought out to maximize seating and flexible spaces to accommodate large parties and events.

For an intimate fluidity feel, chefs can be close as they move about, talking to diners about dishes, garnishing plates, and generally interacting with customers during each course.

Envision something out of an uber-traditional dinner party that’s brimming with great conversational flow and glasses chinking in celebration.

Further, in this digital world, more and more restaurants are holding spaces for large-scale events.

Functionality can be built into the design here with flexible wall-panelling integrated into the concept. This can section off spaces of the establishment to be transformed into private dinner parties or other events.

The mobile app movement

While it feels insane to admit, it’s practically critical for restaurant and bar designs to incorporate “Instagram-worthy” moments.

Architects and architect firms are no longer designing just for environmental interaction but for social media interaction too.

Additionally, the mobile app world has drastically changed consumers eating-out habits.

In the past few years alone, there’s been a huge increase in mobile order apps at speciality restaurants and fast-casual spots. As a result, many architects and design firms are beginning to create more mobile order pickup areas into the actual layout of the space.

Many people still eat out “the traditional way” to order and eat on-site.

But a growing number of people are actually transitioning to placing orders online or via a mobile app. There’s no denying that it’s a convenient option to just stop in, pick up their food and go.

Architectural design in any space is exciting. Our best advice to you? Make sure to work with someone who takes the time to really understand your vision.

 

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The Trends that Will Influence Architecture in 2019

Architecture and interior design trends are constantly evolving and ultimately becoming new again.

Whenever we’re thinking about building a new home, interior design trends can give us an idea on what to expect for the future looking forward.

For the creative and design-driven architects to the trendy homeowners who always stay ahead of the curve, here’s a list of the hottest trends paving the way to the future in architectural and interior design. 

Architecture and interior design trend #1: Sustainability is in

Building for the future means more than just beyond our family lines. Building for the future means taking care of the ultimate and universal home we all share: Earth. 

At BRIKS Design-Build group, sustainability and environmental design isn’t a trend, but a moral decision we made as a company.

From large corporations to everyday households, more and more people are recognizing the importance of minimizing their environmental footprints.

Beyond just architecture and interior design trends, environmental sustainability has taken place at the forefront of consumers minds.

In an urban planning situation, preserving water, soil, and other natural resources are at the forefront when designing cities.

From a home building perspective, this means building with the best materials and team members possible.

It’s about building structurally with durability and intention in mind.

Architecture and interior design trend #2: Inclusivity should be incorporated into design for everyone.

More and more architecture and interior design trends are also signalling a move towards building inclusivity into design.

To give some context, in this article from Arch Daily:

In 2018, the most searched concepts on ArchDaily were, Accessibility (+108% YoY), Universal Design (+116%) and Inclusive Architecture (+132%).

A representative from the article continues to share that most architectural design was for children and reduced mobility, compared to last year where more people were searching for Architecture for the Elderly (+78% YoY) and different capacities related to mental health and visual impairments (Architecture for the Blind +250% YoY).

Architecture and interior design trend #3: Technology is changing things

Technology is advancing how work is actually being done on construction sites. Further, not only has technology enabled construction workers to be more productive, but it’s also helping them to build faster, better and smarter.

Here’s some more highlights from this direct excerpt of best technology trends in design-builds:

Architecture and interior design trend #4: Increase in speed and comfort

Consider the way in which technology has made everything else in our lives faster, more convenient and more comfortable. As a human-design trend, these concepts will extend to how we choose to live as a lifestyle too.

From smart home technology and remote home security. To design and other systems or services. Technology has (for the most part), improved our lives.

Hello, Alexa? Voice assistants are trending.

Architecture and interior design trend #5: Reuse & Recycle

More and more large organizations and municipalities as a whole are beginning to think about a circular economy which builds sustainability into design.

In simple terms, a circular economy focuses on decreasing waste and making the most of our natural resources. This idea would help us to better design our cities and custom homes in the future.

Complimenting the industrial-style well, recycled spaces are also becoming one of the most popular trends.

In a home, envision a space that highlights raw, wooden, old barn doors in the Master bedroom or restored tractor equipment transformed into co-working desk spaces for budding entrepreneurs.

As Arch Daily states:

Recycling (+145% YoY) and Ecological Awareness (+103% YoY) have not been absent from the debate surrounding the industry with one of the largest carbon footprints in the worldConstruction. Faced with this concern, some architects have identified solutions within the Sustainable City (+165% YoY) systems that stop growing (Degrowth +208%) through renovation (+82% YoY) and rehabilitation (+68% YoY) of spaces, and through the design of Adaptive Re-Use Projects (+154% YoY).

At BRIKS Design-Build Group, we partner with the best architectures in Ontario.

Whether you’re just starting to build your dream home or renovate your current property, trends can be great predictive factors of where to invest your money and how to get the most bang for your buck.