Multi-generation family compound.
Some designers are now thinking beyond the single family home and looking at the multi-generation family compound.
This used to be something only the rich could do, but the single family home may soon be a luxury we can’t afford. The compound home is like a mini-resort, with common areas like kitchens, pools, saunas and dining rooms. Home automation will manage the different areas so they are easily reserved by family members. The use of automated moving partitions will allow spaces to be combined or divided to make them more versatile. Automated walls will also allow us to open the home to the outside, bringing in more fresh air and improving our health. An automated modular home is ready to become a living space, a work space or a space to entertain.
Finally, there is the effect of our ageing population. One of the biggest changes that we will see residentially in the next 5-10 years is the permanent implementation of accessible design. As the Baby Boomers age, we will experience a Senior Tsunami, and the way we have designed homes in the past will not work for this ageing generation. The independent Boomer generation wants and expects to age in place, and the only way they will be able to do that is with new construction or extensive remodeling to make their homes accessible.