As the beginning of a new year brings us closer to 2015, it feels like we are coming closer to the “future”.  We expected it to be a modern utopia like the Jetsons, with flying cars and robots to make our lives easier. But will the near future really be that different from the world we live in today? One thing is for sure; pretty soon we’ll be dealing with inevitable crises like population growth, global warming, and natural resource depletion. This sounds pessimistic, but our future is not devoid of hope. We can already see a major shift towards green, with a rise in sustainable homes in recent years. There’s reason to believe that as the cost of renewable resources and green technology gets lower, future homes will be built with greater consideration for the environment. Homes will definitely be more efficient, not only in terms of energy efficiency, but also in terms of size and functionality. So what exactly will homes be like in the future? Well first off, we predict that they’ll be smaller. We can already see that the average square footage is decreasing due to the recession, and in the future we’ll also be facing condensed building space. Here are some of our other predictions:

No more formal areas: In the future, we will see homes built without unnecessary space. They won’t have stuffy living and dining rooms, cathedral-like ceilings, and grand foyers. Instead, family rooms and kitchens will be larger, with eat-in dining and bar stools in the kitchen.

Flexible, multi-use space: Not only will family rooms be larger, an open layout with re-configurable pods and movable walls will create an adaptive space for multiple functions.

Outdoor living: With less square footage, homes will have fewer boundaries between indoor and outdoor. The interior living space will extend outdoors through large openings, like NanaWalls.

Better Insulation and glazing: Even if homes of the future are designed entirely of glass, it will have to be triple-glazed gas-filled glass.

Living Roofs: Gardens on top of the roof will absorb heat through vegetation, keeping the home cool. With these “green roofs,” rain water can be harvested for efficient water recycling. Whether you would love to live in one of these futuristic homes, or whether you have a different idea of what homes will look like in the future, leave your feedback below. We want to hear what you think!

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Not so sure that the homes will change that drastically from what we know now. Don't really care for the modular design in the picture. I do agree, however, that there will be a lot of emphasis on outdoor areas. Outdoor furniture offers the opportunity to entertain guests while enjoying the outdoors.

Not so sure that the homes will change that drastically from what we know now. Don't really care for the modular design in the picture. I do agree, however, that there will be a lot of emphasis on outdoor areas. Outdoor furniture offers the opportunity to entertain guests while enjoying the outdoors.

A,N, MIRA ~ I COULD NOT AGREE WITH YOU MORE, THAT IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE, THE TREND WILL BE IN WHOLE COMMUNITIES BUILT IN MODULAR AND PRE-FAB. I PERSONALLY LOVE THESE DESIGNS AND YOUR GLASS SYSTEMS. CURRENTLY THERE ARE OTHER MANUFACTURERS MAKING THE GLASS WALL SYSTEMS THAT ARE OF QUALITY, AND SELL FOR LESS THAN YOUR SYSTEMS. YOU ARE A LEADER IN THE INDUSTRY BUT YOUR PRICES WILL HAVE TO COME DOWN BEFORE THEY BECOME A HOUSEHOLD NAME. COULD NOT AFFORD YOU FOR MY PROJECT.
M.P. BAKER, INTERIOR DESIGNER

This is the type of home we would build for ourselves. People, especially people who are used to living in "small" (or smaller) homes always are looking for thier home or furniture to serve double duty. If they are built, people will love them. The only trouble I see is convincing builders and investors building homes for practicality and esthetics vs just big. When you streamline, everything else needs more attention.
What interests me (even as a child) are a living roof and moveable walls.

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