6 Trends in Modern Modular Home Design for 2022

Image of a modern modular home design in the evening

Are you looking for better, more affordable housing options this year? The latest modern modular home design trends will reduce waste, save money, and give your clients a customized home to carry them long into retirement. 

At the peak of the housing market in 2006, developers saw an increase in the popularity of modular home construction. After the crash of 2008 to 2009, the market took a significant hit. However, by 2023, experts expect to see a new high in the modular home market. 

This increase is driving a movement to new design elements for these types of dwellings. Here are six modular designs trends that will improve housing in 2022.



Key Takeaways:

  • Lower costs in the design, development, and assembly of modular homes translate to lower costs of ownership of a modular home. The time saved on construction contributes to the lower costs of modular structures, leaving more money for customized design features.
  • The trend for Tiny Homes continues to increase in popularity. These prefab modular structures will be even more prevalent this year.
  • One design trend that is coming to modular homes is multiple window banks. A trend that designers once reserved for upper-class homes is making its way into the field of modular construction.
  • Flexible designs, more locations options, and improved comfort and well-being are also trends you will see more of this year and in the coming years. With the Baby Boomers getting older, these design trends are becoming a must-have for these homeowners.

6 Modern Modular Home Design Trends in 2022 

One reason modular construction is becoming more popular is these homes cost less to manufacture. Materials are less expensive, and there is less waste in the development of these homes. 

Along with savings on the cost of materials and manufacturing processes, factory-built, modular homes take less time to construct and assemble. The time savings equate to overall cost savings, which means the price of the house is less than that of a site-built home. 

Graph of the time savings of modular construction

These time and budgetary savings leave more funds available for design elements homeowners want to incorporate into their new modular structures. Here are the design trends they are spending their money on in the prefab homes.

1. Tiny Homes 

In 2017, the tiny house movement was in full swing, with a 67% increase in sales from the previous year. It became known as the Tiny Homes Movement.

DIY and home improvement channels offered several television programs giving people a glimpse into what it would take to own a tiny home. People got on board with this trend quickly. 

As a result, modular home design trends continue to focus on developing tiny homes. Yet, one significant design trend has been unfolding in recent years. 

People no longer desire a prefab home that stays on a chassis for easy transport. Homeowners want their tiny homes to remain stationary and placed on a foundation. 

2. Multiple Window Banks 

A 2022 modular home design trend that homeowners ask for in their new home is more windows. Natural lighting promotes well-being and reduces the consumption of energy. What was once a design element reserved for high-end onsite construction has made its way to modular home designs.

3. Increased Sustainability    

Modular home construction has always prioritized sustainability. As people become more aware of the climate crisis of global warming, a focus on adopting environmentally responsible housing increases. 

Homeowners are looking to reduce energy waste, create water-efficient landscapes, and incorporate elements that attract wildlife. Their customized modular home allows them to participate in this eco-conscious design trend to reduce their collateral impact on the world.

4. Flexible Designs 

Less is more and is the motto for modular home design trends. Homeowners don't want to add square footage to their property, so they are looking to incorporate flexible space designs by creating a space with multiple purposes.


Image of a room with a murphy-style bed to show the rooms flexibility in design

For example, multipurpose furniture (like a Murphy-style bed) provides flexibility to use the space set up for a home office as a guest room when people come to visit. It was once a very popular trend in the 1920s but made a comeback a century later.

5. Aging in Place Designs

There are 73 million baby boomers in the United States. As more continue to retire, the concept of finding a home where they can remain for the duration of their lives leads to the next trend in modular home designs. 

They no longer need the large family homes where they raised their families. Downsizing to a customized modular home ensures they can remain in their home long into retirement. 

Since these homes cost less than site-built homes, they have more means to personalize the designs like:

  • Single-level floorplans
  • Walk-in shower/bath units
  • Easy to clean fixtures and fittings

These homeowners can also incorporate design elements that their family home didn't have, like toilets that sit higher off the ground. They can also get cabinet systems that ensure everything is within reach and easy to access to help them retain their independence for as long as possible.

6. Comfort and Well-Being

Your home should be an environment that influences your emotions. You want a place that fosters relaxation and rejuvenation for your mind, body, and spirit. Modular home construction focuses on restoring your well-being along with the atmosphere around you and your home. 

Since developers build these structures from sustainable products, recycled materials, and eco-friendly manufacturing and assembly processes, they are better for the environment. That in and of itself is a refreshing change and an exciting new trend. 

Geberit Has the Sustainable Products for the Latest Modular Home Trends 

These modular home design trends point to one thing: giving people a customized space that meets their individual needs. Modular structures allow you to design your home no matter how much space you need. 

At Geberit, we have sustainable plumbing systems for your modular construction project. You can order them and have them shipped to your factory directly.

We have what your clients want in their modern modular home design. From dual-flush, no-touch toilet actuators to concealed cisterns and urinal systems, you can find it here.

Stay up on all the trends for modular home construction. Contact us to learn more or find what you're looking for in our Know-How for Pros section of our website.