Hot trends in custom home design

Buying a home is an exciting time, but if you've ever done it, you know that it can take awhile to find that perfect house – in the right shape, within your budget, the right neighborhood, and so on – and that timeframe is one of the more frustrating parts of the process.

But what if we said that you could skip this altogether? That's the reality for buyers who opt instead for custom, new construction. Building your own custom home can be a wonderful experience, and you, and no one else, set the budget, the location, the architecture and the design. 

If this sounds like something you'd like to tackle, check out these hot custom home design trends today:

1. Green, sustainable designs
It's no surprise that homebuyers today enjoy green, eco-friendly design and architecture elements in their custom homes. Paying a little bit more upfront for solar panels, low-water appliances, renewable materials and more can save you a lot in utility costs down the line, not to mention make a positive impact on the environment. Sustainability has also become a trend in natural disaster-prone regions, where homebuyers want properties that can withstand winds and rains but also use materials that with withstand the impact of climate change.

"Some homeowners have rooms dedicated to exercise and yoga, while others have massive wall-sized doors."

2. Healthy, modern home features
A big trend today in life, not just real estate, is healthy living. This could mean a number of things, from eating right and exercising to mindfulness and mental wellness, like spaces that incorporate the indoors and outdoors. Either way, custom homes today are all about healthy, modern design. Some homeowners have rooms dedicated to exercise and yoga, while others have massive wall-sized doors that can disappear in nice weather, opening up an entire room to the outside. 

3. Open, functional floor plans
Open spaces in homes has been a trend for a number of years now. But many custom homes are taking that to the next level, thanks to a desire for incredibly functional, multi-generational designs. For instance, homes can be built to accommodate elderly grandparents and young children. This means fewer stairs, lower countertops, easy outdoor access and more. This trend takes open floor plans and magnifies it, making a home comfortable for people of all ages.

4. Small, simple living
On the flip side of large, open spaces is the tiny house trend. This has certainly gripped the custom home space as well, as many buyers want homes that are incredibly small. Like, really small. It's not surprising for homes to top out at only four walls and a few hundred square feet. The design gets creative in these small spaces, of course, as homeowners have hidden beds, stairs, tables and much more. The desire for this type of small living is a chance to spend life outside or traveling, without the significant financial investment of a home.

If you are in the market for a custom home, remember that a home inspection is just as important as it is with any existing property. So make sure you call our experts at Alban Inspections to review any new construction, in order to give you protection and peace of mind when you move in.