The form and function of homes and living styles are changing rapidly to meet the new realities of society. Small is popular, modular buildings are the new costomizated homes, 3D printers are the new build workers and communal living is the new fashion for grown-up and young professionals.
It could be an innovative market response to the higher cost of renting. It is a movement in which young professionals or grown-ups live together in a communal environment, where residents pay a little extra to mix and mingle with one another at Sunday artisanal potluck dinners, weekend art workshops, or various common spaces in the building.
A recent Wired magazine article about co-living pointed out that “among the young, the “loneliness epidemic” has gone viral: nearly 60 per cent of 18- to-34-year-olds told the Mental Health Foundation they felt lonely often or sometimes.” So co-living seems to be a good medicine.
Space doesn’t come cheap in the country’s most expensive cities so microapartments are a good solution. They are becoming popular in urban centres in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and North America, maximizing profits for developers and landlords and providing relatively low-priced accommodation. Microapartments are often designed for futons, or with pull-down beds, folding desks and tables, and extra-small or hidden appliances.
In 2013, New York City got its first microapartment building, with 55 units that are as small as 250 square feet (23 m2) and ceilings from nine to ten feet (2.7 to 3.0 m).
3. Your home built by a 3-D print
Technology is still evolving but these residences are are expected to be cheaper than traditionally built and could be designed by whoever! They produce less waste and don’t require as many construction workers. And could be printed in days!
The best thing is that you have a highly customizable house that’s indicative of you!
4. Modular homes
Manufactured houses are no longer just rolling off factory assembly lines and into trailer parks. Upscale modular homes are beginning to enjoy their moment. Prefabricated housing is often of higher quality, costs a little less and can go up a lot faster than traditionally built homes.