What To Look Out For In Custom Home Building In 2018
I don’t like to use the word “trends” when discussing home design with a client or prospect. You won’t hear North Market Construction say, “This trend is all the rage right now, and you need to include it.”
Instead, we focus on factors that are meaningful to you. Your custom home should be a reflection of what you want, not what’s trendy. Your custom home builder should deliver on that vision.
Yet, it would be foolish to ignore trends, because they point people in the right direction. We filter out the noise and focus on the trends that are become lasting standards. This means trends in design, style, layout, or building science. A good idea is a good idea, so custom home building should take note when it makes sense.
Design Trend: Classic Designs
Your custom home builder should suggest relevant floor plans that have developed over several years and account for how people live in their homes. Open concept is a meaningful term but should suit the goals of your custom home. Here are other trends that will stand the test of time:
- Zero-step walkways that flow from the driveway to the front door to look like an amenity rather than a ramp
- Large windows to admit ample light
- More overhead lighting
- Light-colored interiors to benefit those with deteriorating vision and to make the space more cheerful
Universal design features are best when they’re subtle. For instance, Winter installs casement windows in large openings because they’re easy for everyone to open. The best models have grilles that mimic double-hungs and come in a range of designs.
Décor Trend: Bold Patterns
This article from Custom Homes Online talks about how to enhance your home style by punching up the patterns.
“Bold patterns and geometric shapes are trending in home design, but these patterns run the risk of being too busy if not executed correctly.”
- Balance Pattern and Color. Too much of a pattern or color is garish and jarring. To avoid this, balance the scale of the design with the color, the article said. That means that if the colors are striking, be sure the size of the pattern isn’t huge—and vice versa.
- Use geometric wallpaper to make a small space pop. Geometric-patterned wallpaper breathes new life into a space, adding a dynamic look to a drab corner of your home. The simplest [geometrics] use two-dimensional shapes to provide the illusion of 3D. These patterns get overwhelming in large rooms. Instead, use wallpaper on an accent wall, in a pocket home bar, breakfast nook, hallway, or other areas of transition.
- Take tile to the next level. Whether you go for actual tile or the peel-and-stick version, geometrics pop on a backsplash in a staid white kitchen. This repetitive pattern also brings calm to this space, which sometimes is chaotic. Use diamond and hexagon patterns on a backsplash or bathroom floor.
Architectural Trend: Take The Inside Out
Outdoor living space is becoming more popular. As a custom home builder in Maryland, we don’t get year-round perfect weather like California, but we have something better. Seasons!
What better place to watch fall leaves change or take in the first burst of spring than from an outdoor livable area in your custom home?! This includes a patio, deck, combination of the two, or a graded yard. We install entire custom kitchens, build dream pools, and create dreamy landscaping oases.
Construction Trends: Building Science
Building science is something we pride ourselves in. We always understand the best methods and push the envelope on the status quo. Even though your father’s custom home builder did it one way doesn’t mean that’s today’s answer. This great article on Custom Home Builder Online points out trends in technique. A few are described below as:
Waste Not, Want Not. Builders, developers, planners, and investors aim to reduce wasted resources like money, land, time, and talent. This is to add to “a market” of homebuyers for new communities. Productivity loss is the No. 1 pain point in residential construction projects, from skilled labor capacity shortages and variances on purchase orders to costly delays and unforeseen land mitigation. 2018 will be a turning point in productivity gain and improved waste management.
The New Nuclear Household. Fewer than 1 in 5 American households is married with children. As household composition evolves, the home’s role as America’s primary economic engine does, too. We look at how Americans want to live today, beyond apartment rental to ownership to co-living or a single-family rental. How do these housing types impact residential construction business models? We see the emergence of single-family detached for-rent—both new and existing—as a permanent new part of the spectrum.
From multigenerational and tiny houses to mixed-age neighborhoods and the moving target of non-traditional households, the housing spectrum is moving.
Algorithms & Insight. Predictive, evaluative, and on-the-ground data points add precision and perspectives to support smart residential real estate investment decision-making, consumer marketing, and other measures that best hold operators to KPIs that meet stakeholders’ expectations.
The new role of data clears a new pathway out of an environment where data abounds toward a new ground where it’s leveraged in the value-making process.