How will our homes change in the next 5-10 years?

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We are in the middle of a lot of movements changing the way we live and the homes we live in. From the green movement to spending less because of economical hardships, the way we live now is very different than the past.

Similarly, how we live in the future will be different than how we live now. Thus, we want to know how our homes will change in the next 5-10 years. What do we have to look forward to?

Why We’re Asking:

In our 2nd question, we asked our experts what the 2011 home improvement trends would be. They made a lot of predictions, but what really left an impression on us was the advice they gave about trends: proceed with caution. Trends are called that for a reason, they come and go. Our experts recommended that we only adopt trends that are easy to replace.

Our experts helped us realize the difference between trends and movements. Movements are more permanent, sparked by a set of ideas shared by a large group of people. As movements progress, they either become permanent changes or lead to a new way of thinking, or new movements. We are currently in a green movement that looks like it is here to stay. It got us thinking: are there other movements on the way? How will our homes change in the next decade? Is there anything we should be preparing for now?

So experts, it’s time to weigh in:

How will our homes change in the next 5-10 years?

We’re not talking about trends here! We want to know what changes you think will happen in the next 5-10 years that are here to stay, either permanently or as part of a movement (cultural, economic, etc.). Think about areas like layout, building practices/techniques, materials, the professional/homeowner relationship, technological developments, and resale value.

Are there any home features that will be considered standard?
Where will our money go—any spending habits you envision forming?
Is there anything we should be preparing for now?

No matter the area, we want to know how you think our homes will change in the next 5-10 years!

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!

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