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Old 01-04-2010, 02:18 PM
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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What are your predictions on how our homes will change (or stay the same) in the next 40 years? What will the future be for style, technology and functionablilty?
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:48 PM
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Geothermal heat and cooling. I think over the years the price of the systems will come down. I love mine but, will never live long enough for it to pay off. Unless fuels triple in price.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:11 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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There will be a box just inside the front door where I can store and recharge my anti-gravity boots, and retrieve my fully charged anti-gravity slippers for the evening.
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:39 PM
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lookig at the old science digest ertc from the 50's :I don't think they will change as much as we think really. Might not be any wood for trim tho.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:55 PM
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In the next 50 years, energy costs are going to significantly affect homeowners.

I see changes, mostly in terms of energy efficiency and green-ness. Wood floors will gradually transition to recycled composite or tile because it works efficiently with radiant floor heating and there might be a greater demand for non-wood products (save a tree).

Passive solar heating will become more popular in home design. Solar panel technology costs will come down enough to be an economical alternative to oil and electricity.

The return of 1-story homes. Yes!!! I've been seeing some great new idea houses and a growing number of them are 1.5 story and 1 story.
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Old 01-05-2010, 02:32 PM
Location: Brooklyn New York
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The NYC tenements will still be the same. Nothing will change. They have already been here for the last 100 years, they will stand for probably the next 100 years.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:31 PM
Location: South Dakota
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I suspect my house won't change much - since it's still about the same as it was when built right around World War One.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:30 PM
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Location: Midcoast Maine
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Maybe harvest gold and avacado appliances will be back in style?! No more granite and stainless steel!
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:08 PM
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