Top Construction Trends of 2022 & 2023

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Akupanel

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Akupanel is an acoustic panel made of wood that provides good sound absorption and is also used as a slat wall decoration. …  Read more

Fluted Panel

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A fluted panel is a decorative panel that has a series of ridges or flutes carved into it. The panels are often used in architecture and furniture design to add visual interest and texture. …  Read more

Slat Wall

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Slat wall is a type of wall system that is made up of thin, vertical strips of wood, plastic, or metal. The strips are typically mounted on a wall and can be used to hang objects from, creating a customizable and organized storage solution. …  Read more

Barndominium Home

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A barndominium home is a type of home that is made from a barn-style metal frame with a metal roof. The home is designed to be a mix of a barn and a condo, with living spaces on the upper level and storage or workshop spaces on the lower level. …  Read more

Hybrid Home

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A hybrid home is a home that is designed to be more energy-efficient than a traditional home. The home may have features such as solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, and insulation that helps to keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. …  Read more

All Electric Home

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An all electric home is a home that is powered completely by electricity. This means that all appliances, lights, and heating/cooling systems are run by electricity. …  Read more

SPC Flooring

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SPC flooring is a type of flooring that is made from recycled plastic. The flooring is said to be durable, water-resistant, and easy to clean. It is also said to be a green product as it is made from recycled materials. …  Read more

Cow Print Wallpaper

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Cow print wallpaper is a pattern of wallpaper that is inspired by the pattern on cow skin. The wallpaper is often used in nurseries, children's rooms, and other areas where a playful and rustic aesthetic is desired. …  Read more

Barndominium Kits

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A barndominium kit is a kit that is designed to help people build their own barndominium. The kit includes all of the materials and instructions needed to build the structure. …  Read more

LVP Flooring

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LVP flooring is a type of flooring that is made to look like wood or stone. The flooring is made of vinyl, which makes it durable and easy to clean. LVP flooring is a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms because it is moisture-resistant. …  Read more

Rigid Vinyl Plank

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Rigid vinyl plank is a type of flooring that is made to look and feel like wood. The planks are made from a vinyl composite that is designed to be durable and waterproof. The planks can be installed over most existing flooring types and are easy to maintain. …  Read more

Hybrid Flooring

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A hybrid flooring is a flooring that is made from a combination of materials. The most common hybrid flooring is a wood and vinyl mix, but there are many other options available. The benefit of a hybrid flooring is that it can be tailored to fit the specific needs of the room. …  Read more

Microcement

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Microcement is a type of cement that is designed to be used on a variety of surfaces, including walls, floors, and countertops. The cement is said to be durable, water-resistant, and easy to clean. …  Read more

Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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Peel and stick wallpaper is wallpaper that can be applied to a wall by peeling off the backing and sticking it to the wall. The wallpaper is said to be easy to install and remove, and is available in a variety of designs and colors. …  Read more

Herringbone Flooring

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Herringbone flooring is a type of flooring that is composed of alternating blocks of wood that are angled in opposite directions. The pattern is said to be both stylish and practical, as it hides dirt and debris well. …  Read more

Waterproof Vinyl Plank Flooring

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Waterproof vinyl plank flooring is a type of flooring that is made to be resistant to water and moisture. The flooring is made to be installed in areas where there is a risk of water damage, such as kitchens and bathrooms. …  Read more

Rigid Core Flooring

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Rigid core flooring is a type of flooring that is made up of multiple layers of materials. The top layer is typically a hardwood or vinyl, and the core is a dense material such as foam or plastic. The core gives the flooring its rigidity and makes it waterproof. …  Read more

Trend Highlight – Pollution-absorbing Paint

Some companies experiment with marketing their brands in hotels and airports; they’re a way to get exposure to customers who will then try the brand at home. Gush paint, which sells wall paint designed to absorb pollutants, is using a similar approach: they landed a large health system as a customer, and painted many of its delivery rooms with their paint. Since the paint is pricier than other kinds, this is the kind of detail the hospital is likely to highlight to new moms—some of whom may decide they'd rather not bring their newborn home to a less-than-healthy home environment. 

That’s especially powerful product placement when marketing to new parents, who are often suddenly open to lifestyle changes and spending in new categories (in Gush Paint’s home country of Singapore, births are very likely to be to new parents—the country’s fertility rate is 1.14 children per woman). Other companies have built big businesses on marketing to customers at a key point in their lives: Gillette, for example, has marketed itself by sending free razors to people on their 18th birthdays, to get them to buy blades.

Increasingly, indoor air quality is important to consumers: while the pandemic certainly raised awareness around ventilation and air filtration, even in years beforehand there was a growing drumbeat of studies and news stories about how much indoor air quality affected people's lives. Gush Paint’s product is an interesting reversal, since lead paint was historically a major source of health problems—now, paint is being used to solve them instead.

Gush Paint has raised money from property developers and construction companies, which use its product as a selling point in new and remodeled homes. This gives the real estate sector a way to tap into growing interest in health and wellness.

Trend Highlight – The rise of Barndominium Kits

Millions of rural landowners are land rich but cash poor. Any way to increase liquidity is attractive to this demographic who often inherited the land and many of whom are facing rising property taxes and stagnant earnings.

A growing number of these landowners are now finding a relatively straightforward solution as Barndomoniums take off in popularity. These metal barn-building kits let buyers build a stylish and affordable home in true IKEA fashion. And then, rather than go through the process of finding a broker and selling the property, home and all, many simply list the property on a marketplace like Airbnb.

The kits come with all the challenging parts already installed, such as plumbing and electrical. And by letting buyers customize the kit, they can also avoid a third challenging and costly aspect of building a home: hiring an architect.

Even those that don’t yet have land are taking part, amid the growth of articles with titles like “How to buy inexpensive land, build for cheap, and dominate Airbnb”.

Banrdominiums are not only much cheaper and easier than building a home from scratch, but they also sport less-obvious cost savings: Steel structures don't burn and they hold up better against tornadoes and earthquakes, leading to lower insurance rates.

And while steel companies and prefab companies capitalize on this trend, many smaller businesses are too: tens of thousands of consumers have bought guides and building plans on Amazon, created by small-time ecommerce sellers who are catching on early.

In parallel, the farming population is on the decline and rising crop yields mean that land is less important. Alternative ways to monetize land are consequently on the rise, whether through building and flipping homes, listing the homes on sites like Airbnb, or even renting out the land to campers on sites like HipCamp.

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