University of Minnesota College of Design students surveyed milllennials to find out what was important to them. They used the data to create a Gen Y Eco Home for the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair.
1.Millennials consider home ownership to be important.
2.Most grew up in a city, currently live in a city, and wish to do so in the future.
3.They only cook 3-4 meals at home per week on average.
4.Gen Y wants a majority of their home dedicated to gathering & communal spaces.
5.They consider the dining room to be the least utilized space in the house.
6.Millennials prefer to have a shower rather than a bathtub.
7.They want to have a laundry room in their home.
8.Gen Y believes that their home should reflect their personality.
9.They have a car but would be willing to live in a community that limits or prohibits personal vehicles.
10.Gen Y is concerned about energy conservation and would be willing to use renewable energy in their homes.
The students used this information to design the Gen Y Eco Home. The house uses minimal construction materials and has a small footprint.
To accomodate the small floorplan, the house features a SuperWall that contains all the necessary technology for living, collapsable walls and folding furniture. A large outdoor patio increases living space.
Tour the Gen Y Eco House and more at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair.