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


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