Custom Home Design Trends of 2021

For those seeking a custom home, 2021 is set to be an exciting year of design trends to watch, be inspired by, and make your own. In a year where staying close to home is emphasized, your custom home space should be welcoming, serene, and functional–but never boring.

Consider these trends for new-construction custom homes or custom-home remodels:

Collective Space and Private, Purpose-Built Rooms

In these days of social distancing and quarantine, a completely open home layout may no longer be ideal. The new custom home needs to be a multi-faceted venue where your family works, works out, plays, learns, bonds, and grows. And it has to be stunning. In your customized living space, you’ll need plenty of room for playful moments and areas providing privacy. You’ll want to include gathering areas such as a kitchen eating bar, great room, and den or kids playroom. You’ll also need private spaces for alone-time and to pursue favorite activities. For instance, outfit your custom home with separate areas for your home office, gym or yoga room, kids playroom, game room, home theatre and hobby room, art atelier, or workshop. You may also want to include a man cave and/or a formal dining room, providing your family with many options for enjoying life together and apart.

Natural Forms

Custom homes are designed to be completely harmonious with the land around them can take on shapes and exterior colors found in nature. These homes are built with natural materials for an organic feel and constructed to enhance the environment. Energy efficiency is a key component in these homes, which may use alternative power sources, such as solar panels. This makes the home independent of external suppliers and at least partially off the grid, in line with the worldview of the owner. Distinctive details might include an overhead-sloped window wall in insulated safety glass.

Large Terraces

Outdoor additions, such as terraces, decks, and covered, wrap-around porches expand living space, provide new ways to enjoy the outdoors, and add custom curb appeal. Architecturally interesting and unique, clever indoor/outdoor spaces are a necessity when spending lots of time at home. Multi-level terraces, at differing levels on either side of the home, are especially striking to look at and live on. These also provide varied, interesting backgrounds for the remote, Zoom video meetings often required these days.

Commercial Construction Materials

Homes made of concrete and metal provide the opportunity for either unique rounded shapes or blocky exteriors and can easily weather the challenges of climate change. Although the industrial vibe is present, indoors, these functional and elegant homes offer a blank slate to showcase varied types of interior design and furnishings.

Unique Roofing Materials and Rooflines

Consider the standout trend of the slanted, shed roof, which slopes down in a single direction, rather than meeting in a central peak or ridge. The pitched shed roof can be used as a side porch roof extending to an exterior wall then to an upper-level steeper roof in a parallel cascading arrangement. This roofing style can also be curved for an artistic silhouette. Also trending is the more-complex roofline of the farmhouse-style home, featuring multiple peaked, gabled roof sections at differing heights. For example, one gable over the covered front porch, echoed by a taller one over the main 2-story home, with other lower gabled roofs over an attached one-story garage on one side and a single-story master bedroom on the other. For further visual interest, consider metal roofing on some sections with a shingled roof on other sections.

Dark Exteriors and Interiors

A sophisticated exterior paint, siding, trim, and roofing palette, including either dark gray, navy blue, or forest green makes a modern statement in 2021. And/or using these shaded colors on major indoor features as well, such as custom kitchen cabinets, creates an innovative and pleasing “today” look.

Let the Local Custom Home Pros Build Your Ideal Home in WV

Enjoy a stellar custom home design project when you partner with the local experts in home design and build. At Miller’s Residential Creations, we deliver custom homes designed around you needs and tastes, to your exacting specifications. Our experienced team offers creativity, client-focused design skill, responsive customer service, and superb construction workmanship.

You’ll find our completed custom home projects across Berkeley County, Jefferson County, and Morgan County WV, headquartered in Martinsburg, WV. Contact our dedicated design/build team today–and begin your dream home!

Brian Miller is the owner of Miller's Residential Creations, a custom home builder and remodeling company servicing Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties of West Virginia since 2004.
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