New research has revealed that if you want to appeal to Generation Z and Millennials when it comes to building projects and interior design commissions, then you need to up your green credentials.

Several market surveys has found that this group value very different things to their parents. Not only do they care more about the environment when it comes to construction methods and design materials, but they also want interior spaces to create a sense of wellbeing.

So what does Generation Y want in their dream home?

• Function is more important than size – Think Japanese city living – everything should be small but perfectly formed.
• Storage is very important. Many value features such as walk-in pantries, linen closets and garage shelving.
• Any features designed to bring the outside in are popular, e.g. features designed to maximise natural light or frame beautiful views
• Energy efficiency – the more impressive the eco-credentials, the better.
• Spaces that flow – open plan living and flexi-plan design remain popular because they allow spaces to adapt as lifestyles/needs change.
• Entertainment spaces – home entertaining and outdoor living are big for this group, so features such as a firepit, eat-in kitchen-diner or outdoor dining area are highly sought after.