As an interior designer, I’m engaged with building trends both interior and exterior, and I work with builders who are incorporating some very positive and practical advances in the building industry.
Residential building trends on the East Coast of the United States have been marked by several notable shifts in recent years. One prominent trend is the increasing emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency. With a growing awareness of climate change and rising energy costs, many homeowners and developers are opting for eco-friendly construction methods and materials. This includes the integration of solar panels, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and the use of recycled or locally sourced building materials. Additionally, green building certifications such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) have gained popularity, reflecting the region’s commitment to more environmentally responsible housing options.
Another significant trend on the East Coast is the rise of mixed-use developments in urban and suburban areas. These developments blend residential, commercial, and recreational spaces, creating vibrant and walkable communities. This trend aligns with the desire for convenience and reduced reliance on personal vehicles, as residents seek proximity to shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. Mixed-use projects often include apartment buildings with ground-floor retail spaces, fostering a sense of community and enhancing the overall quality of life for residents.
Lastly, there’s a growing interest in smart home technology integration across East Coast residential buildings. Homeowners are increasingly incorporating advanced automation systems, such as smart thermostats, media, video and audio systems, window treatments, security cameras, and voice-activated controls, to enhance convenience and security. These technologies not only improve daily life but also contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability goals. As the demand for these smart features continues to rise, East Coast builders are incorporating them into their projects to meet the evolving needs and preferences of today’s tech-savvy homeowners. With regard to my projects, I especially focus on integrating window treatments into home automation systems, creating convenience and peace of mind for clients whether they’re at home or away.