Multifamily Design Trends To Watch In 2019

Architects are always looking for ways to make multifamily construction more efficient and less expensive. Here are some trends likely to take center stage in 2019:

The growth in co-housing is putting increased emphasis on sound mitigation- The number of co-housing communities in the U.S. will roughly double in the next five years. Find yourself wondering, "What is co-housing?" It's where residents share common spaces like kitchens and laundries, but also want their private havens to be quiet. Look for more architects to specify wall assemblies that offer higher Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings. The UL-listed U350 interior wall assembly featuring LP® FlameBlock® sheathing meets this sound-reduction objective – and is easier to install than an area separation wall using shaft liner.

Modular construction will increase to help lower installation costs – Many sections of a typical apartment are now built off-site, then transported to the job site. This speeds the installation process and reduces material waste. In addition to kitchens and bathrooms, external wall assemblies and even stairwells are now being built this way. This mode of construction – pioneered in hotel builds – will accelerate next year in multifamily projects.

Building solutions that offer greater resilience – Architects and specifiers know that what used to be a “storm of the century” is now a frequent event. They’re eager to learn more about products like LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, which can withstand gale-force wind. In earthquake-prone areas, they’re looking for products like LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB structural-1 rated sheathing panels that have superior shear strength.

LP SmartSide Multifamily Construction Installation

Continue Reading
Business Advice5 min

How Remodelers Can Increase Business with HOAs

Home Owner Associations (HOAs) are the governing bodies of many communities throughout the U.S. – and remodelers can miss out on HOA business if they don’t take the time to study the associations’ design review process.

Continue Reading
Renovation3 min
Can You Install Siding Without A Contractor?

If you're a skilled Do-It-Yourselfer, you can install siding on your own without assistance from a contractor. You would need to carefully read and follow the manufacturer's installation instructions, plus review and understand the terms of the siding warranty.

Industry Trends4 min
Trends in Exterior Colors and Materials

"The use of color is widely recognized as an important strategic advantage in successfully marketing new residential developments. Color creates a sense of arrival and a sense of place - often long before a community is fully built."

Renovation5 min
Hail Damage Doesn’t Have To Result In Re-Siding

Not long ago, we used the term "Hail Zone" to describe those unfortunate places in mid-America that frequently experience devastating hail storms. But these house-battering storms are no longer confined to Oklahoma, Kansas and west Texas. In fact, they've occurred in all 50 states.