Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia trends: Homes of the future

We explore some of the biggest trends in Australian home design with Grand Designs Australia host, Peter Maddison.

With season eight of Grand Designs Australia showcasing some of the most architecturally extreme homes we've seen yet, Peter Maddison discusses what homes of the future could look like. 

Change is in the air

"The need for more affordable properties as well as the concern about the environment are driving significant change," Peter explains. 

Peter even predicts that housing will become more standardised with offsite prefabrication becoming an increasing trend.

"Alice’s house in Lewisham, TAS, and Peter’s in Rivett, ACT, were built in controlled factory environments, which streamlined production and eliminated building delays due to weather," he adds.

Making use of space

"Space or lack of it is another catalyst for change, with multigenerational living on the rise, our houses will be more adaptable with multi-purpose spaces and more features packed into smaller areas," Peter says. 

Built with awareness in mind

With eco-friendly ways on the rise, Peter predicts a lean toward locally-sourced sustainable products as well as a focus on thermal efficiency and compatibility. 

"We will see a move towards Biophilic design, which affects one’s wellbeing," Peter explains. "It’s the use of natural materials like wood and stone as well as the direct connection to the outdoors, natural light and fresh air." 

Watch Grand Designs Australia Wednesday 8.30pm on Lifestyle or On Demand.

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