The California Central Valley, from the Cascade mountains in the north to the Tehachapi range in the south, contains about 75% of California’s irrigated land and produces about 40% of the nation’s fruits, nuts, and other table foods. It also is an area growing in residential housing.
St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Cambridge, Mass., was converted to affordable housing in 1991 and featured a large, open bell tower and several stained-glass windows. In 2016, firefighters battled a 10-alarm fire, which ultimately led to the restoration of the affordable housing units.
The age-old business adage that the customer is king rings true in today’s always-on, always-connected society. For residential builders, this is as evident now as it has ever been, and predictions show analytics and technology are going to be key to driving forward a successful CRM (customer-relationships management) strategy.
Homebuilders are demonstrating that they have the wherewithal to build high-tech homes. A closer look at the homes—and the processes and methods used to build them—show that today’s builders are on the cutting-edge of innovation and are taking some pretty unique steps forward.
Big innovations in home appliances can offer builders the opportunity to construct the smart home that buyers are seeking.
Smart construction is here—and it is being spurred on by new, emerging technology and innovative building methods including 3D printing and scanning and prefabrication. Also, it is spanning all segments of construction, from residential homes to infrastructure projects.
Perhaps one of the bigger trends for residential construction that is beginning to generate more interest lately is prefab construction. This form of construction initially emerged in the mid-1900s, with the U.K., France, and Russia being some of the first to jump into a large-scale system. Still, while many manufacturing sectors have moved from industry 3.0 to industry 4.0, construction is only starting to make the transition.
With challenges present on both the demand and supply sides of the equation, the economic outlook for residential construction suggests growth, but growth that’s slow and choppy rather than swift and smooth. On the demand side of the coin, challenges include higher interest rates and rising home prices that are stifling demand. On the supply side of the coin, materials and labor costs have escalated in the past few years, cramping profit margins for homebuilders.
Homeowner preferences are changing. Buyers want homes that are high-tech, energy-efficient, and relatively affordable, but will they soon also want homes that are able to be easily modified in the future?