Construction of Houses in Edmonton
2015 Design Trends in Edmonton New Home Construction
After years of increase, new home construction has generally slowed throughout Canada. The Financial Post estimates that home building will slow in 2015 by about 30%. However, while other Canadian cities’ real estate prices can make new home construction unattainable, many homebuyers find that Edmonton makes the ideal place to build their dream houses. In 2014, home sales rose in Edmonton by almost 10%. The city’s appeal is abundantly clear, not least of all in the spate of architectural interest that has blossomed in the downtown area over recent years. From the Edmonton Art Gallery redesign to the designs of single-family homes, 2014 has brought the winds of change to homeowners’ tastes. In the coming year, we can expect a few key trends to further develop, all while staying true to the local “Edmontonian” sensibility.
New Directions and A Break from the “Boom-Years”
Throughout the ‘90s and early ‘00s, much of Edmonton new home construction centered on the suburbs. The blight of the McMansions was felt in many local communities, with many of these super-houses built with relatively little concern for their surroundings. The tide has turned, with many new homeowners interested in community engagement and a corresponding integration of their own home’s design into the surrounding neighborhood. Alongside this shift in aesthetics, many Edmontonians report that a “village feel” is more appealing than the tendency towards suburban sprawl and big-box style retail centers. With urbanization stabilizing in the area at about 70%, creating affordable urban or semi-urban housing is a primary interest for the community. Increasingly, new home construction is shifting to meet these wishes of the public. Neighborhoods are becoming more pedestrian-friendly as residents prefer to rely on light rail transport than automobiles. Alongside this practical trend, you can expect the home architecture to become more cohesive, with each individual house blending in style alongside the neighboring properties.