When you are deciding on features for your own custom home it is helpful to know the latest trends in custom homes. This isn’t just because you’ll find things you will likely enjoy, but also so that your home has marketability when it comes time to sell it. Builders of custom homes are your best resource when it comes to learning about these trends, but here are a few to get you started:
- Size – Being able to get the right size for your needs is one of the main reasons why people consider custom homes in the first place. The two most common age groups building custom homes are young professionals with children looking for room to grow and empty nesters looking to downsize. In both cases, the trend is to have the most efficient use of space so the layout is as important, if not more important, as the total square footage. The goal is often to keep the home smaller so that the outdoor living spaces can be larger.
- Exterior – How the outside of the home looks is a prime focus of newer custom homes. A clean, modern appearance is gaining favor over the Tudor, Mediterranean, and French styles. Curb appeal is a huge factor in the decision as this can be the difference between a home that gets buyers’ attention and one that doesn’t.
- Interior materials – There is a continued trend toward the use of green materials in custom homes, including natural stone flooring and countertops. Hardwood and subway tile are still popular, but there is a growing interest in more color and even brass usage. In the kitchen, cabinetry upgrades with soft-close drawers and doors and loads of organizational features are in demand. A pantry is a popular option as well as plenty of room for entertaining.
- Energy efficiency – It isn’t just about how things look in custom homes that is leading the trends. Energy efficiency is on everyone’s mind both for reducing utility costs and doing what is right for the environment. Popular options are extra insulation, tankless water heaters, automated lighting, smart-house capabilities, Energy Star appliances, and window upgrades. High-efficiency HVAC with smart Wi-Fi thermostats are common.
- Extra features – It used to be a trend to have a formal living room and dining room, and while those are still desired by some families, there has been a shift to having a larger family room, an office, and even perhaps a panic room in the layout instead.