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Home Design: Technology and Trends for 2019 and Beyond


Hand drafting a design villa and the building becoming real to illustrate home designMany of the new, cutting-edge architecture trends evolving or already here are capable of complementing the interior and exterior home design in Montecito and Santa Barbara. They can, and often do, impact both our everyday lives and society at large. These trends are a perfect fit with our famous Mediterranean-influenced abodes and coveted lifestyle.

Architecture offers solutions to pressing issues ranging from global warming to the lack of accessible housing for vulnerable communities. ArchDaily curated a list of growing architectural trends from last year in order to predict which ones will make waves this year and beyond. Here are 11 of the hottest trends to look for:

  1. Minimalist Living
    Small spaces continue to be a growing trend in 2019. We’re taking tiny cabins, petite prefabs, and airstream transformations to die for. Part of the popularity of small space living is the fact that it allows homeowners to live eco-friendly. It’s perfect for those who embrace a minimalist lifestyle. Here’s the thing to remember: small space living proves that no matter how much space you have, there’s always room for good design.
  2. Design Accessibility
    Architecture can provide positive solutions for anyone. Accessible design focuses on offering everyone adequate and functional spaces, both public and private. Accessible paths to accommodate seniors who want to age in place, for example, and ease of living for folks with disabilities. 

  3. Middle East Influence
    Architecture in the Middle East has been gaining more attention over the last year. Attention to the emerging structures in the Middle East stems from global events like the World Cup in 2022, which will be hosted in Qatar. Of note are new projects like the Qatar National Library, named one of the most influential buildings of 2018. This majestic and modern building has sides that lift at the edges to form a diamond-shaped profile. Cool, right? It also boasts an interior arranged around three aisles of bookshelves that enclose a central, triangular space.  

“The idea was to make reading as accessible and as stimulating as possible to the population of Qatar,” says architect Rem Koolhaas. “We thought we could achieve that by creating a building that was almost a single room.”

  1. Digital Innovation
    A 3D printed home? Yes, it is now possible to fabricate an entire house on a printer, thanks to new technology and innovation. Last March, the first permitted 3D-printed home was built in Austin, Texas. The 350-square-foot home was printed by a device called the Vulcan I in approximately 48 hours. What’s more, the cost for the printed portion (the roof was not 3D printed) was about $10,000. Obviously, that is well below the average cost for a home of similar size and quality. I guess the future is here!

  2. Gender Equality
    The numbers show that, today, there are almost as many women graduating from architecture schools as men. But, unfortunately, women are still being hired at a significantly lesser rate than men. In an effort to create more visibility and appreciation for women in architecture, many are shining a spotlight on the iconic women who have become role models in the field. One to watch is Alda Ly, founder of Alda Ly Architecture & Design, who brings a minimalist yet playful design sensibility in everything she does.

  3. Transportation Hubs
    Planes, trains, and automobiles. Public transportation centers and mobility are increasingly becoming mediums for innovation in design. Automation and smart home tech are the concepts driving new advances in the development of transportation. New life is being injected into aging public transit centers like The TWA Hotel. Formerly an abandoned airport terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, it is now a stylish luxury hotel. The old terminal was designed by Eero Saarinen.

  4. Design that Complements Nature
    Today’s landscape urbanism is building upon Frank Lloyd Wright’s belief that design should complement nature. The trend is called Permaculture, relating to architecture’s sociopolitical impacts. One result we’re seeing today is urban farming. But that’s not the only agriculture initiative. The bottom line is benefiting communities via architecture and urban planning. That’s a win-win for all of us!

  5. Recycle, Reuse, Edgrowth
    Architects who think “sustainability” are increasingly turning to recycled materials for their projects. Even more, entire cities are concerned about reducing the carbon footprint of construction and development. That concern is referred to as “edgrowth,” which means builders, architects and entire communities focus on the renovation and rehabilitation of spaces. They do this through adaptive reuse projects, rather than developing new structures.

  6. Locally Sourced
    We’re also seeing a shift towards locally sourced materials and design today. This shift actually has resulted in the creation of more sustainable projects. Think frugal design.

  7. Robotics and TechnologyRobot domestic assistance cook chicken at kitchen and deliver food . Artificial intelligence help people with housework cooked to diners.
    We’ve all witnessed the rise of smart home products. Today, technology can help us stay protected, adjust the temperature and even let us know who’s at our front door. They can even help us get a good night’s sleep. Enter robotic furniture.  Robotic designed furniture is here. One example is Ori’s Cloud Bed which doubles as a sofa and a coffee table. 

  8. Energy-Efficient Homes
    Energy-efficient homes will save homeowners money on utility bills but that’s not all. They will also help address the urgent global warming crisis. New “zero-energy” homes are designed to be “energy positive” by producing more energy than they use. 

When it comes to home design and architectural trends for 2019 and beyond, the future looks bright. What is your favorite trend from this list?  Would you consider using any of these trends in your Montecito or Santa Barbara home? Feel free to leave a comment here. You can also call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at I’ll happily take care of any of your real estate needs in the Santa Barbara area.


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