With new trends in home construction popping up every year, there are many ways to update your home in the new year. Texas residents, in particular, have been coming up with some pretty fresh and innovative concepts for their homes in 2019. Trends tend to go and come with a certain level of unpredictability, so your best bet is to go with a new one that might be around for a few years rather than one that’s already been popular for a while.
If you live in Texas and want to make sure your home isn’t falling behind the trends in 2019. You can follow these 7 trends to ensure you stay ahead of the curb, and your neighbors.
1. A Stronger Wall System
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of all the storm damage that Texas residents have had to deal with in the past couple of years. With hurricanes seeming to come around more frequently , Texas homeowners are looking for new ways to ensure their safety and security during even the harshest of storms.
One solution which has become very popular lately is the use of the Bautex Wall System. Bautex Blocks are a composite insulating concrete form (ICF), made from a special blend of concrete and expanded polystyrene and are interlocked via rebar and ties. Their durability, flexibility, and interlocking system allow them to withstand extremely high winds and flying debris.
Many southern homebuilders are switching to Bautex Blocks to build their homes now so they won’t have to worry about rebuilding after every big storm. Bautex Blocks are also naturally soundproof and once sealed with the Bautex air & moisture barrier, they are excellent at keeping out moisture, making them one of the hottest Texas home buildings trends of 2019.
2. Fire Features
Whether you opt for an outdoor fireplace, a classic indoor fireplace, or even a wood stove, fire features are back in 2019. You don’t have to worry about using a fancy new material to encompass your fire features either, brick will do just fine.
The classic brick fireplace has been fading in and out of relevance for many years, but 2019 will see it quietly retake its mantel as Texas’s favorite home building trend. A good fire feature can be the focal point of an entire room, or just a cozy nook in the corner.
Texas gets a lot of sun, so it’s no surprise to see the sunroom return in 2019. Typical iterations of this trend include a room with amazing views and large windows. They can be used for any purpose, but you’ll want to include some evergreen plants in the mix this year. Stone and brick floors are also a good option in your sunroom for 2019.
4. Home Office
With the number of self-employed and remote working individuals rising steadily every year, the home office has become somewhat of a necessity. Your new Texas home wouldn’t be complete without one in 2019. For those of you who still work more traditional jobs, the rental room is an increasingly popular trend as well.
You can now put your room up on a site like Airbnb and rent it out for a short length of time, rather than committing to a 6 month or longer contract. This makes popular vacation states like Texas, prime real estate for homeowners looking to rent out a room every now and then.
When you plan for a rental room beforehand, you can include it in the design in a way that caters to the privacy of those who will be staying in it.
5. Natural Finishes
We’re seeing contemporary finishes start to fade, and natural finishes will again reign supreme in 2019. Whether you want to go with reclaimed wood, brick, stone, or another natural material like bamboo is up to you. All of these natural materials give the space they’re in a cozy, warm feel.
Real wood for your kitchen countertops and river rock for your fireplace are both excellent options. Just make sure to add some houseplants and succulents to balance out those heavy materials.
6. Unplugged Living Rooms
Parents have started to realize how much unobstructed technology use can permeate every aspect of our lives if we let it. That’s why the “unplugged” living room is now becoming popular. Gadgets and screens are being limited to other areas of the household now, in favor of a family room with limited technology. This allows for deeper bonding opportunities with family and friends.
7. Fancy Bathroom Mirrors
Bathroom mirrors are seeing some special attention in Texas this year. Look out for framing like mosaic or brick patterns, the texture makes a beautiful juxtaposition to the mirror. Don’t be surprised to see digitally enabled mirrors either, they could be the breakout trend of 2019.
There Are Plenty of Texas Home Building Trends to Follow this Year
With so many new trends appearing this year, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from if you want to stay up-to-date in 2019. Try the Bautex Wall system for the best option in storm safety and damage prevention around. It could save you thousands in repairs after the next hurricane.
Unplugged living rooms can help you bond with your family, and style trends like digitally enabled bathroom mirrors, fire features, and sunrooms are all great ways to bring a modern feel to your Texas home in 2019.