10 Trends in Custom Home Design

Sometimes your most inspired custom home design ideas come from others. Paying close attention to new trends can help you achieve a custom home look that you love, while also incorporating modern aesthetics.

1. Waterfall Islands

A waterfall island is a kitchen island where the countertop material continuously folds over and down the sides of the island. This creates a dramatic “waterfall” effect that is sure to elicit compliments from your family and friends.

2. Outdoor Water Features

Speak to your custom home builder about creating some sort of outdoor water feature, such as a pond or trough. These often require special outdoor plumbing and electricity, but the result is well worth it.

3. Copper Tubs

Hammered copper bathtubs are making a comeback, not only as a design feature, but also for their reported therapeutic effect.

4. Spiral Staircases

Spiral staircases with wrought iron banisters are back in style. Your custom home builder can work with your home layout to install a spiral staircase that becomes a focal point, as well as a functional element in the home.

5. Artisanal Ovens

You don’t have to run your own handmade pizza palace from home to appreciate the look of an artisanal oven. These whimsical brick ovens can be created incorporated into anything from a functional oven, to a wet bar, or a kitchen work station.

6. Interior Batten Siding

Batten siding, once relegated to the outside of the structure, is now being used as an interesting interior finish. It’s not for everyone, but it will certainly get your visitors’ attention.

7. Retractable Walls

If your custom home has amazing scenery on the other side of the living room wall, why not open that up for viewing? Retractable walls allow you to fully open the side of the house for a fluid, indoor/outdoor living experience.

8. Sliding Closet Barn Doors

Sliding closet barn doors work well in smaller bedrooms, or tight areas were it may be awkward to open the door on a hinge. These are affordable door options that your custom home builder can easily install.

9. Eco-Friendly Design

Now that sustainable materials and eco-friendly designs are becoming trendy, there are a vast number of designer finishes and options available to the custom home builder. Virtually every aspect of your custom home can be “green,” as long as you’re willing to get creative.

10. Reclaimed Wood

Those who dislike the idea of buying brand new flooring and cabinetry will appreciate the latest trend of reclaimed wood. The wood may come from an old house that was torn down, a sporting arena floor, or any other place where the materials are in good enough condition to be reused.

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