Predictions 2010: The Building Industry Outlook for the Decade Ahead
The year end is historically a time for reflection. This year even more so as we draw the curtain on the first decade of the 21st century, which played host to some of the most monumental changes ever to affect the building industry.
Over the past 10 years we’ve experienced extremes in every direction. Home prices and home ownership skyrocketed to record heights. But we also experienced one of the worst housing downturns and the biggest spikes in foreclosures in history. It was a century when houses got larger and more energy hungry — giving rise the term “McMansion” — while at the same time energy-efficient building practices have become more and more mainstream as builders and home owners strive to build houses that use less and offer more.
Rather than looking back on the decade past, the editors of Fine Homebuilding decided that now was a better time to look ahead. Here are our predictions for what you can expect from the building industry in the decade ahead. We also want to hear your thoughts. Post a comment below with your own forecasts and predictions.
|New Home Construction Shifts from Job Site to Factory
The modern job-site will become a place of assembly and installation as more house components and systems are prefabricated off site.
|Blue is the New Black
Forget oil. Water conservation will drive new building trends in the next decade.
|Granite Countertops are So Last Decade
High prices and high maintenance are just two reasons this ubiquitous luxory kitchen countertop material will fall out of style
|Contractors See Lean Times and Big Opportunities in 2010
Weatherization and small remodeling to outpace new construction projects as the building economy regains traction.
|Insulation is Sexy Stuff
President Obama thinks so, and so do government bean counters. Learn why insulation upgrades and deep energy retrofits are the future.