Shifting Styles – A Home Builder’s Guide to Emerging Trends in 2019

With 2018 quickly coming to a close, leading home builders are already looking ahead to the designs that will dominate in the new year. With the home-building industry continuing to benefit and evolve as a result of emerging technologies and sustainable building alternatives, 2019 is set to be a big year for home building design. Read on to stay up-to-date on the trends that leading designers and home builders in Sydney anticipate will become the staple of every modern home in 2019.

1. Natural Elements

2018 saw a rise in tech-related home decor. Home builders were expected to curate designs that would allow for the inclusion of wide screen televisions, voice assistants and even artificial intelligence.

Design experts expect that 2019 will herald the return of natural elements into building design. They anticipate the return of natural and raw materials such as copper, granite, concrete and stone, to curate an organic ambiance within any new home.

2. Eco-friendly Structures

Following from the expected rise in the popularity of natural elements in home building, 2019 is expected to be a year for significant growth in eco-friendly architecture. The rising trend of adding greenery to rooftops and indoor walls is expected to continue, alongside the use of recyclable and sustainable materials for home building.

Home building in 2019 will therefore be focused on designs that facilitate a decrease in home energy consumption, through the inclusion of indoor vertical gardens, solar panels and supported by the innovative use of sustainable materials. Solar roof tiles are even predicted to become cheaper than the conventional panels that are available on the market currently.

3. Timber Pods

Rounded, timber pods to provide separation between rooms, have been rising steadily in popularity. These pod-like shapes that are attached to the outside of a home, have become a key feature in homes that have undertaken an extension, or in homes that require a clear separation between two distinct rooms. Timer pods also provide an inexpensive and stylish point of continuity in modern homes that have recently undertaken an extension.

4. 70’s Influence

Every year we see subtle nods to past era’s in home building design. In 2019 it is expected that home building design will be heavily influenced by the geometric patterns and designs of the 70’s. You can therefore expect to see a rise in the popularity of silhouettes and abstract geometric shapes in modern homes of 2019.

5. Open-space Designs

Open-space designs have slowly gained popularity in the home building sector. The open-space design has become a popular choice for families or individuals who want to encourage mingling and to freely entertain any guests that come to their home.

Whilst already a popular design choice, it is expected that 2019 will bring a new level of sophistication to the open-space design. Changing floor levels, lighting and subtle separation between different areas of the living space, are expected to rise in popularity. Modern home builders will therefore be expected to provide innovative designs to define the segments of an open-space home, without compromising on open-living.

6. The Butler’s Pantry

This popular feature in classic Edwardian-era homes, is expected to make a big comeback in 2019. As open-plan living and entertaining remain a popular pastime for proud homeowners, requests for a butler’s pantry in modern kitchens has increased. Butler’s pantries provide an opportunity for homeowners to increase their storage options, and to hide away their mess when cooking for guests.


Ensuring that your designs stay relevant, is essential for any competitive home builder. Understanding these emerging designs and how to incorporate them into a stylish modern home is an important first step in creating a dream home for your clients.