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


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