Homes of the Future: Mark McCrindle discusses housing trends

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What is shaping our built environment?

The first is population growth. Australia has just reached 24 million which means we have added an extra million people in less than 3 years, and most of this growth is in our larger capital cities. This is creating a shift from suburban to urban living; from the traditional horizontal communities to the new vertical ones. In our largest capital cities, two-thirds of all new housing approvals are high or medium density rather than detached homes. This densification is creating walkable communities, multi-use areas where people live, work and play in a more localised space, and of course increased access to transit and transport hubs. The other factor shaping developments is affordability. With rising house prices, Australians are looking for financially sustainable options which meet the needs of both lifestyle and affordability, and create the flexibility for our homes to change in tune with our needs and lifestyles.

What are the current trends and will they last?

While design trends come and go with the changing fashions, there are some broader development trends that are here to stay. The increased access to open spaces, in-door out-door areas, balconies, natural light and bringing vegetation into urban environments are all timeless trends that resonates with our temperate climate and needs. Similarly, with food central to our social environment, open-plan kitchens and meal areas in homes and open social spaces in offices are trends we will see continue.

How is technology affecting it?

Today’s technology is seamlessly integrated into our lives, and we are seeing the same seamless integration into our homes. The internet of things means that lighting, sound, temperature, entertainment and security in our domestic environments are all manageable through our personal devices. The decade ahead will see our pantries and fridges talk to our devices to update shopping lists, our home entertainment experience continue playing seamlessly on our portable devices and our hydrogen cars help power our homes.

Image source: The Clipsal Smart Home range (courtesy of

What are the demographic trends?

Homes of the future will have the flexibility to accommodate multiple generations living under the one roof. They will meet the changing needs of a more culturally diverse community and have clever innovations to facilitate support to Australians living independently in their homes to a much older age than we currently see.

What does the future hold?

While Generation Z, who are just starting their careers, will have to pay more for their homes in the future, these buildings and the built environment in which they sit will far exceed what their parents experienced in their first homes. Not only will the technologies and fittings in the home be exciting but the community spaces, café culture and neighbourhood amenities will continue to adjust and adapt to meet the lifestyle expectations of the 21st Century generations.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


economic Australian community trends mccrindle tea research services Social Trend Skilling SRE food insecurity South Australia social analysis maiden names cartodb communicate population growth experience responsive non profit Births VIC australians staying home more school event property market investor twentyseventeen business performance Charlotte Northern Territory careers commute group session HR owning a home financial consumer the hills shire the great screenage ACF17 January 26th screenage royal family choice workers newspaper 40 million Sydney Duchess of Cambridge future proof panel annual income Merry Christmas names Lower Hunter Region social issues CBD daily telegraph focus groups shopping lalor park royal influence Wellington conference Willowdale christmas 2017 criminal parenting marrickville staying in global generation religion curiosity environmental scanning home graphs cash NEETs futurist young australians generations teacher care support waverton urban development salary Australia Day 2017 World Water Day state Wodonga data visualisation litter long weekend communities the average aussie nfp Australian Trends wedding blaxland repayments brand experience divorce rate Work place australian communities trends report survey design Christmas in Australia pharmacies NSW renting sydneycity village NBRS Architecture the lucky country car work-life generational trends sydney property market rising house prices Myth new office young people ABS sector wide study baby boomers sydney hills collaborative Christmas data sector renter of the future learn schools digital economy ashley mckenzie rich sun healthy future royal baby energy charity leadership professional services sydney event trend SMSF food demographics crows nest goals storytelling Elderslie-Harrington park selfie trends weather Deaths post rationalism stay home census paying to work water engage Gen Z Expert increasing densification youth unemployment university degree tableau mccrinlde future proofing leadersip potts point workplace culture real who is generation z infographics communication trends of 2016 moderators guide dream speaker mccrindle research millenials mother's day meetings government grandparents REIV National Conference Macquarie University TAS 1975 McCrindle Speakers plans research collaboration 2020 Aussie builders commuting wealth inequality Gen Y engagement gen alpha sydney metro System's Architect The Daily Edition thrive organisations insight mccrindle in the media leadership workshop Mount Annan-Currant Hill the australian dream emerging generations social workplace Australian Census presentation Territory study rule keeper budget year 7 the hills motivate census 2016 royal Hills Shire Council spirituality Christmas research neutral bay mateship learning styles middle class kate middleton victoria mccrindle local James Ward mythbusters house price jobs of the future friendship micro apartments research report coffee Res Vis award forecasting menai ageing population travelling going out aussie culture teach easter financial planning product surnames future-proof Scouts pharmacy giving professional presenters brisbane house suburbs cultural diversity Christmas Stats JOMO parents social life Financial Planning Week marriages world youth day video outsourcing Word Up global financial crisis donate research on coffee ACF 2016 wealth distribution dare to dream baby name sydneysiders couple social enquiry Australian demographics wealth and income distribution geomapping wealth and income faux-cilise Australian communities conference speaker ageing WA population 2016 census NFP event holiday anzac volunteering sunny days monarchy social commentator Assistant Store Manager area growth of sydney emerging trends educhat Sydney Hills Business Chamber click christmas trees public speaker tertiary education Sydney keynote speaker buildings CPI office McCridle Australia Day Mark McCrindle in the media Performance Sentiment Index men national private wealth townhouses TEDx TDE DESTEL trends analyst urban living optus ideas debt Kirsten Brewer Australians apartments shopper's pick New Zealand debate average sydneysider Vocational education baby names report toys PSI trades impact shbc faux-ciliser Kiwi changing face of sydney New South Wales leader GPO media release typical australian belief financial future lifestyle donation australian real estate global generations schools students "know the times" Channel 7 brand Australian Home interactive Melbourne Maxim Accounting australian social research gen z report social commentary workshop seasons greetings states Hornsby Shire Council trends of 2017 2015 megatrends housing growth media happy holidays forum affordable nativity scene media commentary Business analysis brands ACF2017 residents staff future of education daily commute manly aged care employers training year 12 micro christianity financial independence cica infographic jobs Queensland: QLD 2016 business index generation alpha NT ACF Tuesday Trends story grave decision What is food insecurity? student family culturally diverse baby name trends ACT personal growth sydney speaker millionth new york times Northern Beaches Christian School eliane miles culture employmee in depth interviews social analyst demographic trends Real Estate Institute of Victoria Christmas day showreel hills goal purpose summer social change housing affordability tips social media bureau events results qualitative research income winter Queensland community future of shopping suburb language market research social shifts professional speaker program cultural diveristy economy families social lives darwin Christmas season internships conference presentation younger generations housing trends facts 2012 forecast sentiments define keynote fresh cooking narcissism Australian Dream omnibus Netflix wealth Geoff Brailey 2016 census results public speaking church balance do people still change their surname after marriage? australia apartment generation gender February 16 high density change urban living index norwest cars emerging technologies Hunter Valley local community aged care puzzle property list equip offenders supply and demand christmas australian ferry survey Black Friday Sales Christmas lunch media activity entrepreneurial relational capital cities analysis ipswich sunburnt country financial dreams entrepreneur households office space environment cancelling plans education future the changing face of teleworking social trends infographic wall safe socialites 24,000,000 resource not-for-profit wolloomooloo population milestone shifts world follow logan cloudy days Valentine’s Day challenge resilience conferences speakers school students gig education sector Black Friday in Australia volunteers Financial Planning Association of Australia Australian Population education crime breakfast work from home office opening education research professional moreton bay food bank population map Jura Australia baby name predictions baby house prices education future report prince george Christmas day weather housing market The ABC of XYZ Adelaide seasons pyrmont celebration vegemite 2014 deloitte society trends career snapshot optimistic earn ease of travel Northern Beaches faith Sydney Lifestyle Study proactive employment baby names public holiday Australian Bureau of Statistics visualisation Education Future Forum Financial Planning Association innovation train weekly earnings Sydney population household SMART wage politics statistics coffee lovers publication easy rider eliane local communities urban taskforce casual spend earnings cancelling event retirement online shopping high density apartments workforce Australian schools cost of living dessert 2017 mortgage cost women IT Specialists slideshare average aussie Royals rent Northern beaches Event organisational culture social impact marriage rental stress small business finance housing property price data analyst baby boom mover and shaker alpha unemployment dreams census data research pack rise of local google research data stats TED global generaion Bathburst English friends optus my business awards 10 years winter blues researcher Generation X sustainable home owner ultimo data Wagga Wagga 24 million personalities transport entrepreneurs of today EFF land of the middle class surname charities technology national wealth DIY Do It Yourself holidays future of work teachers national crime rates recap father's day work growth affordability mythbusting millennials employmer hopes investment gig economy networking Cobbitty-Leppington not for profit research property development money screenagers community event Andrew Duffin demographer trend tuesday tea chairty hobart travel generation Z demographic transformations census fail speajer social researchers mobile mentor demographic youth sector wide home ownership life happiness teaching identity tv low density communications etiquette 1980 Mark McCrindle innovative capital city business global retail group Sydney’s south west research visualisation TED talk 1994 internet high school FPA ethnography Channel Seven Australian Families suburban living volunteering data global overcast hills shire Generation Y Black Friday Retail volunteer VET investing poor students average Australian cold domestic australian communities forum quote dreaming REIV Conference consumerism #censusfail christian woolworths online contiki Canberra clothing census results Christchurch socialising live the dream digital McCrindle Speaker VET sector shopping centre internship gold coast participants bus Tuesday Trend medicine US relevant Love Real Estate huffington post Caregiver 1968 rain earning poker master customer skills social research high density living HSC sydneysider 23 million intern sports wellbeing speakers pack work mates marketing hornsby Jura Coffee visual priorities educated wages presentations child care mining boom learner authenticity city urban greatness society award winner unaffordable Engineering Manager New Zeland australian community trends report demography meals maiden in the media Aussies know the times commuters bondi university perth 2013 social researcher faux-cilising professional development baby names australia report Research Director google for education learning NBRS ACT Report living Research Executive public transport house price rise ashley fell not for profit hunger tattoos Lower Hunter divorce future FOMO children Crime Rates cancel plans vegetarian hello fresh Tasmania Gen X fears school satisfaction sydney market community engagement financial fears tuesday Population Clock focus group thought leadership news Western Australia Christmas presents TEDx Speaker keynote speaker Australia street Australian Communities Trends entertainment SA McCrindle Keynote Speakers growing population acf15 case study princess charlotte insights