Coastal design trends continue to change as new technologies and materials become popular. Coastal design primarily refers to beachy architectural design, with a focus on softer tones and increased natural light. Since coastal homes can take advantage of that “summer feeling” throughout the year, these spaces are meticulously designed, with inspiration from the natural environment.
Naturally, there’s a major focus on the use of light. Coastal interior design primarily attempts to create a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces, often with the use of skylights, tall windows, and full glass doors.
However, this is much easier said than done, as many coastal luxury homes are also threatened by seasonal hurricanes. Therefore, while coastal design leverages open spaces, architects increasingly prefer using impact-rated glass in luxury homes.
There are quite a few trends that are already getting popular, especially in properties where budget isn’t a consideration. From living rooms with rising ceilings to wine cellars with glass walls, people are spending extravagantly to customize coastal spaces and give them a unique charm.
There’s a lot more to discuss than just marble walls and glass facades. Here are some of the hottest coastal design trends in luxury residential homes for 2022.
1. Frameless Impact-Rated Window Walls & Door Systems
Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors are quite popular in luxury residential properties, especially vacation houses. Not only do they add a super-modern appeal and a contemporary aesthetic, but full-sized windows and glass doors also allow for increased natural light.
But these are a de facto standard in almost all vacation homes. However, instead of those big and bulky frames blocking the view, frameless doors and windows now allow for a truly seamless merger between the indoors and outdoors.
The best part? They are impact-rated. The SLIMPACT® line from Faour Glass Technologies offers the latest in terms of glass innovation for architects, designers, and building owners. Exclusively designed for the luxury residential market, the SLIMPACT® line meets hurricane impact codes and offers breathtaking views without any obstructions.
They even have 90-degree corner configurations, which eliminate the need for any post supports. Not only do they look incredibly good, but they are also ideal for use in coastal regions. These frameless windows and door systems meet HVHZ requirements and are available in sizes as big as 20’x10’.
This is truly a marvel of technology and offers something that’s been a dream for homeowners and architects for many years: truly unobstructed views without compromising on security or protection. As you can imagine, it’s virtually impossible to break through such glass, making them ideal for those concerned with security.
It’s hard to understate the value of unique design elements in living spaces. Architects and building designers that really value distinctive design characteristics are very likely going to prefer frameless window walls and door systems like the SLIMPACT® line. We definitely see it becoming a hot trend post-pandemic!
2. Integrated Living Spaces
Architects are increasingly focusing on designing integrated landscapes and living spaces that complement and enhance the natural environment surrounding a property. With people spending more and more time indoors, falling in love with your surroundings has become increasingly important.
A rising coastal design trend is the prevalence of integrated living spaces that blend effortlessly into the outdoors. Integrated landscapes don’t just increase the livable space beyond the house’s boundary, but it also increases the property value and adds contemporary appeal.
Single-track window walls, for instance, are commonly used, with large frameless glass to minimize obstructions as much as possible. Expect to see more frameless windows and glass doors, especially in coastal properties, as they offer a plethora of benefits, providing the perfect balance between aesthetic appeal and robust security.
3. The Use of Natural Materials
Perhaps it’s the after-effect of staying indoors for so long since the pandemic began, but the demand for natural materials, especially in coastal properties, has increased significantly over the past year. Natural materials are simply building materials that are found in nature, including materials such as:
- Clay (bricks)
- Stone (marble, slate, etc.)
Another reason why architects and building designers increasingly prefer natural materials is because they are eco-friendly and sustainable. Natural materials such as rammed earth walls or clay bricks are becoming more and more popular in luxury residential properties. They reduce pollution in the environment significantly and help people develop a stronger connection with nature.
The use of larger windows or sliding doors is common, as they serve as portals to connect inhabitants with nature. Not only do natural materials offer practical benefits such as improving physical and mental wellness, but they also reduce the impact of construction on the environment.
4. Functional Home Office Spaces Are the Future
The work from home revolution is in full swing, with many people permanently switching to this model. Instead of having to commute to work, an increasing number of people are now revamping their home office spaces.
As a result, demand for multifunctional and hybridized spaces continues to rise. Architects and designers are facing increasing demand for larger workspaces, with more natural light and a spacious design. Many designers feel that this trend is going to continue long after the pandemic, as the world moves towards a more flexible work model.
It’s not just the use of glass windows and doors that’s becoming popular today; the demand for skylights is also rising. As a result, demand for modular overhead glazing systems, such as the SLIMPACT® Skylight, is only expected to rise.
5. An Increased Focus on Safety
In the past, the residential luxury market had to compromise; choose between design elements that looked gorgeous, or those that offered robust safety from natural weather events. Today, with modern technological advancements, product lines like the SLIMPACT® offer users the best of both worlds.
A key focus in coastal regions is protection from hurricanes. As a result, the use of impact-rated glass and door systems is only going to become more and more prevalent. For those who have the budget and want the very best in terms of glass technology, there’s hardly a better choice.
Not only is the glass incredibly resilient and impact-rated, but the completely frameless structure offers a unique sense of elegance that redefines novelty. As the market undergoes a fundamental demographic shift, those who really want the best main level living experience are likely to opt for such technologies.
The SLIMPACT® line is arguably the first frameless system that meets strict hurricane codes and has received Florida Product Approval. If you want the very best glass technology for your house, with no obstructions or blocky metal frames, this is the best option available in the market. Schedule a consultation today!