Guest Post by Monica Gibson
In terms of value, the construction industry is one of the leading sectors in the financial market. Like most sectors, construction was greatly affected in 2020 due to the advent of the COVID 19 pandemic. Still, a lot of new trends in construction have emerged amidst these turbulent times. Below are some of the eye-catching home construction trends that you need to look out for in 2021:
Bathrooms are the most utilized rooms in your home and yet are often under-designed. In 2021, there is an ongoing revolution in bathroom and home design. One such trend is the open shower concept. This trend is instigated by the growing need for space in the bathroom. Open showers began as a necessity for homeowners with small bathrooms but have since become a popular trend in even the most luxurious bathrooms. To achieve the minimalist look, consider eliminating the bathtub and opting for a large, open shower instead. You may also want to consider upgrading your shower fixtures for a fresh new look.
Green home practices
An eco-friendly home has a lot of benefits to offer since it enhances energy and water efficiency, requires less maintenance, is environmentally friendly, and most importantly enhances the value of your home. So, how can you make your home green? You could partner with firms such as Siding Kansas City that can provide you with the most eco-friendly siding to use on your home. This will ensure you enhance the resistance of your home so that it survives high-powered storms. Other tasks that you could do include the adoption of LED lights and water-saving fixtures so that you save on your utility bills.
Use of mobile apps
One of the things you may observe this year is that your general contractor might spend minimal time on your site. However, this does not mean that they will not do their job diligently. They will likely use mobile apps to conduct real-time inspections on your ongoing project, take measurements of your property, and perform on-site accountability.
Virtual and augmented reality (AR)
This technology is making significant headway in the construction world. With virtual and augmented reality technology, you can now present and complete your projects more efficiently. The beauty of this technology is that you can use it to experience better collaboration between the builder and the clients. Because virtual reality gives you a chance to see a property/site before you travel to it, you can leverage the new virtual tour to showcase the property to potential inhabitants or buyers.
Consider making a statement with your flooring. You can go with a natural-looking product like engineered wood and place it in interesting geometric patterns like herringbone, chevron, or Versailles. Porcelain tiles are another option to create a focal point in your living spaces. Porcelain tiles come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors to fit your style.
Use of self-healing concrete
This year is also going to be marked by the increased use of smart construction materials such as self-healing concrete on homes, buildings, and roads. As the name suggests, this material imitates a biological process where a human body heals wounds by secreting special kinds of proteins. Self-healing concrete is made of special fibers or capsules that contain adhesive liquids. These compounds are dispensed in concrete during the mixing phase. When applied to a surface with cracks, the capsules or fibers burst to realize the adhesive liquid which seals existing imperfections. The use of this technology will help cut down expenditures on maintenance and repair of buildings.
Unmanned aerial vehicles
Also known as drones, these aircraft are piloted using onboard computers or remote devices. These devices are automated using certain predetermined flight paths or can be operated manually using a remote control or a mobile device. In 2021, there is going to be increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles by construction professionals to do the following among other tasks:
- Perform site surveys and assess project progress in real-time by generating maps, aerial photos, and 3D images. Photographs taken can be used for writing project progress reports.
- Conduct maintenance inspections of high structures such as roofs, towers, and scaffolding.
- Take promotional photography of a contractor’s work to promote it on social media platforms and their website.
- Provide live feed of a site when carrying out tasks (such as removing asbestos on house roofing) on a high-risk site to enhance the safety of the workers.
There is no doubt that in 2021, you will observe the adoption of cutting-edge home construction trends more than ever before. Make the most of your next home building or remodeling project with these emerging trends.
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