What is influencing New Home design in 2022?

A survey from LABC Warranty has revealed that more than a third of builders and developers plan to include work-from-home study rooms or areas in new build housing from 2022, as hybrid working rises 

The poll, conducted by structural warranty provider LABC Warranty, has revealed how the pandemic and the climate-change agenda has influenced developers’ and builders’ thinking as the UK continues to tackle the housing shortage.


Hybrid working to influence new-home design

Developers and builders also expect the work-from-home era to continue post-pandemic, with 35% intending to include either a dedicated home office room or space, while 40% recognise the value of combined USB, internet and power sockets.

Outdoor space, which became so valued during the pandemic lockdowns, remains lower priority, with 20% stating they will be providing larger outdoor areas.


‘Increased use of new technologies’

Daniel Hughes, technical partnership director at LABC Warranty, said: “As one of the UK’s largest providers of structural warranties for new homes, we are seeing increased use of new technologies, methods and materials in new-home construction as the sector seeks to reduce its carbon footprint.

“Builders and developers know that, building regulations aside, homes featuring better insulation and lower energy bills will be more attractive to buyers and renters.

“Equally, the increase in working-from-home could be reflected in layout, with designs seeking to incorporate study rooms or more adaptable spaces.

“Even with all the extra considerations with regards building safety and energy efficiency, it’s good to note the majority expect to build more new homes in 2022 compared to 2021.”

Article taken from PCB Today, November 12th 2021