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Trends in housebuilding: the homes of tomorrow

The house you build today will be around for at least 70 to 100 years. That’s why getting to grips with future building trends is crucial from the concept phase onwards. Whether you’re all about sustainability or interested in smart homes – at Engel & Völkers, we know what customers want and which trends are emerging.


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Building is tied up with all kinds of different emotions: from the initial idea to the finished property, there are so many decisions that need to be made. Professional advice is key. Wondering which heating system to opt for, seeking sustainable materials or eager to install fingerprint door entry? If you’re up to speed on the latest trends in housebuilding, you can make better decisions and find the right solution to suit you or your customers.

Trend 1: sustainability and living in harmony with nature

Since summers in Switzerland have got warmer, customer demand for landscaped gardens, outdoor kitchens and swimming pools has skyrocketed. Buyers with the right budget can create a real feelgood paradise in their gardens. After all, there’s nothing nicer than spending warm summer nights out in the garden.


For many clients, sustainable materials are key, as they prioritise healthy living and a more natural feel. Optimum energy efficiency has also become standard for sustainable building: smart heating solutions, modern heat exchange and future-forward rooftop solar panels are in high demand.

Trend 2: accessibility and maximum flexibility

If you’re building a detached house or multi-unit new build projects, you need to consider occupants’ requirements for the future. It’s important that living space stays flexible to meet changing needs through different stages of life – particularly when it comes to senior living. Yet accessible living matters to young people, too: spacious layouts and fewer restrictions and obstacles make life easier – not just in later years. You also save yourself subsequent renovation work from the outset.


Flexibility isn’t just an option for new builds: if you need more room, an extension is often a great way to create more living space. Multi-generational households are on the rise in Switzerland and the classic detached house is now home to different generations of the same family. Grandparents, parents and kids live together under one roof with the help of ‘granny flats’.

Trend 3: new technology and the smart home

One thing’s for sure: the biggest trend in housebuilding is the smart home. The latest developments in technology have changed the future of building forever. Smart homes offer everything from smart heating and energy management to central lighting systems and fingerprint door entry. The key to the smart home is investing in high-quality systems capable of meeting strict safety standards and offering maximum protection against hackers.


At Engel & Völkers, we support owners, architects and project developers from the concept phase onwards. With our extensive, locally-focused customer database, we know exactly what your target group is looking for. With a feasibility study or usage analysis, we can show you the possibilities for your project and potential savings. After all, building sustainably starts with the planning stage.


Contact us for a consultation with no obligations. We look forward to making your dreams come true – both now and in the future!

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