Home trends are changing, and one of the fastest growing themes is homeowners who want to bring styles traditionally seen outdoors inside their home. Concrete designs satisfy this request and will impress homeowners alike. To inspire your next home design, we’ve gathered five modern concrete home design trends that are growing in popularity across the country. First, let’s talk about concrete foundations and contractors should consider this material when building home foundations.
Concrete Homes are Tough, Sturdy, and Cost-Effective
When you’re looking for a way to keep cost down and build a sturdy structure that can withstand wind, rain, and hot climates, concrete fits the build. Concrete foundations are even more popular today due to the creation of ICF home foundations. You’ve probably heard of ICF foundations, but here’s why you should consider using them in your next build.
1. ICF Homes
ICF homes feature a sturdy, durable, reinforced concrete foundation, which makes it a suitable source for contractors to create a robust and straightforward wall system. Not only are ICF foundations lightweight and easy to install, but they also help construction companies decrease labor and supplies cost because it can be built fast.
Homeowners will appreciate these building materials because they provide insulation, which can lower heating and cooling costs, provide fire protection and storm safety while reducing noise too. The material is FEMA-rated for safety and will stand the test of time. Since ICF foundations are naturally resistant to mold and decay, contractors, like you, can build with confidence.
2. Exterior Stone Veneer
Remember when we talked about homeowners wanting to create an ambiance where the outdoors and indoors blend seamlessly. One option is to use exterior stone veneer to compliment concrete builds. Stone veneer will give new or existing construction a modern look that is crisp and clean. Like concrete, stone veneer is easy to install and looks great for years. Another bonus associated with stone veneer is its pliability and flexibility.
If you have a client that wants to create stone accent walls, you can do that with this material. Stone veneer can also be used as flooring (indoors or outdoors) and even as a backsplash in a kitchen.
3. Concrete Flooring
Remember a few years ago when every client wanted hardwood floors? Well, times are changing, and the newest flooring trend is concrete floors. Not only does this flooring give homeowners the industrial and urban feel they crave, but it also has a fundamental purpose via radiant floor heating. With radiant floor heating, your clients can ditch the traditional forced air furnace and opt for healthier, safer, and more comfortable heating by having radiant floor heating installed in their concrete floors.
When left natural, concrete floors add the contemporary, chic feel some many clients crave. For a truly unique look, you can suggest stamping or dyeing the concrete.
4. Concrete Pool Decks
(Source: Rebuilt/ Brian Jones Photography)
While not necessarily a new idea, it is a new trend, which means clients everywhere are starting to request concrete pool decks. Concrete patios and decks around ICF pools are ideal for your a few reasons. One the material is slip-resistant, which is perfect for areas that are routinely wet.
And, with the ability to stamp and dye concrete, you can create a truly unique look for any design-build. Unlike a wood deck, concrete won’t warp over time, which means there’s a lot less maintenance involved. Consider adding a concrete trench drain around your pool and landscape to keep rainwater away from areas prone to flooding.
5. Concrete Countertops
Nearly every woman in America knows who Joanna Gaines is. With her husband Chip, she created the contemporary farmhouse design that has an industrial feel. Whether you love or hate when clients talk about what they see on DIY TV shows, her popularity did led to clients requesting concrete countertops in new and existing construction projects.
Concrete is durable and easy to clean, which means it lends itself well to countertop construction. Not only can concrete countertops be added to kitchens, but they can also be installed in bathrooms and outdoor kitchens as well. If your client wants to make the countertop the visual centerpiece of a room, it’s easy to add texture or finishes to the install.
Get ahead of the trends and start talking to your clients about concrete design ideas today. Not only will you be able to build the design faster, but your industrial, urban designs will get the attention of everyone in the neighborhood and drive more customers to your business.