Every year, building design trends change, and 2023 is no different. Over the next twelve months, we will see many custom family homes with features we haven’t seen before.

But what exactly is on the cards over the next year? How are homeowners in Sydney going to experiment with their new custom homes? Let’s take a look.

Elevated Outdoor Spaces

Home builders are doing more than simply making home interiors look stunning. Australian homeowners on the Central Coast are asking them to elevate exterior spaces, too. Ideally, they want them to offer the same comfort level as their living rooms and kitchens.

To achieve this, home builders are changing their approach. Rather than limiting the functionality of patios, verandas and porches, they’re enhancing them with many items typically found inside the home.

Designer homes’ outdoor areas often have:

  • Upmarket, plush seating suitable for all-day lounging
  • Permanent shade or roof structures
  • Wide open walls for enjoying the view
  • Kitchen appliances, supplies with gas and electric
  • Fireplaces, infrared lamps and other facilities to keep warm
  • High-end BBQs and smokers
  • Tiled or flagstone floors

Lavish Home Offices

In 2020, many predicted the home office trend wouldn’t last. But the latest data suggest that it’s here to stay. More than 40 per cent of Australians still work from home, according to a 2022 government report. Therefore, no designer home should be without a place to work.

Previously, home offices were an afterthought: a place where you might go on a Sunday afternoon to do the bills. But now, they’re places of genuine work.

Sought-after home office features include:

  • Ample storage and shelving
  • A comfortable, ergonomic desk
  • Large windows that allow plenty of natural light to enter
  • Plants
  • Comfortable flooring
  • High ceilings

Workers can now see the writing on the wall. They know the home office is here to stay, encouraging them to improve it today.

Bedrooms For Rest Only

In the past, bedrooms were extensions of the living room, somewhere homeowners went to relax and entertain themselves. But today, the trend for most new builds is towards sleeping quarters designed entirely for rest.

Gone are the TVs, seating and bedside lamps. Now, the bedroom is where you relax the mind and get it ready for slumber.

For this reason, bedrooms are becoming more sensitive to people’s circadian rhythms. At night, blackout curtains eliminate city light pollution while wall insulation blocks sound. Then, in the morning, blinds automatically retract to reveal large windows to allow sunlight to enter naturally.

Greater Use Of Multi-Functional Spaces

In 2023, we’re also seeing the emergence of second-story renovations designed to facilitate multi-functional spaces. We saw plenty of downstairs mixed living spaces emerge in the last decade, but expect to see more upstairs next year.

Living rooms, for instance, may come to the upper floors. These are alternative and, perhaps, more intimate gathering spaces for residents, particularly when entertaining. Such rooms give guests a different experience and, with good window placement, can also facilitate beautiful views.

Homebuilders are still developing their ideas for upstairs living spaces since the concept is so new. Landings may give way to communal foyers with bedrooms leading off to the sides.

Marble And Hardwood-Dominated Interiors

Marble And Hardwood-Dominated Interiors

Furnishings will also see a significant upgrade in 2023. Custom build homeowners will shun cheaper imitation materials, such as vinyl, and opt for the real thing instead.

Top of the list of materials will be marble for countertops and patterned hardwood for flooring. These looks are both on-trend right now.

Focus On Sustainability

Lastly, we’re likely to see an increasing emphasis on sustainability as ecological issues come to the fore. Homeowners want to live in custom builds on the Central Coast that protects the environment from degradation.

Next year, we are likely to see more:

  • Inclusion of non-toxic materials
  • Materials sourced from sustainable or renewable sources
  • Smart homes that better manage efficiency
  • Prefabricated homes
  • Homes that use recycled glass
  • Green roofs that facilitate the growth of plants
  • Tiny houses that minimise the use of construction materials, labour and energy
  • Japandi-style homes
  • “Cargotecture” homes made from old shipping containers

Sustainable homes are just as enjoyable to live in as those built using conventional methods and approaches. However, they are still not mainstream, even in 2022.

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