After getting financing and choosing a lot to build your home, then comes the fun part of
actually designing your dream home. With Pinterest and Houzz offering you a multitude of
choices, the design process can be overwhelming. We’ve compiled a list of the latest
design trends that may help narrow down and shed some light on choices that can make
your life easier.
From the exterior down to the type of countertops in your bathroom, our members see
steady trends amongst their clients. These trends lean more toward making life easier.
“No one wants to work for their home anymore they want it to be their retreat after work or
during retirement years,” said Anthony Zarrilli with Zarrilli Homes.
While this year has seen the trend of monochromatic color palettes on the exterior of homes
instead of the use of contrasting colors, new home owners are now leaning toward the use
of mixed materials. Mixing stone, vinyl, wood and other types of sidings are becoming more
popular and creating more curb appeal.
Home owners are also beginning to hide their garage and in the process creating a family
entrance around the back of their home. This leads to an alternate layout that flips the
With garages being situated in the back of homes, more families are entering through a
rear foyer. These mudrooms become more of a hub for shoes and other family property. This
leaves the front foyer home clean and open for guests
The more open floor plan is still widely used. Whether the home is 700 sf or 3,000 sf, home
owners prefer a more open style with less walls and more space.
Zarrilli Homes are seeing “Large open kitchens
with an island for congregation and ‘hanging
out’.” Home owners see cooking and
hanging in the kitchen eating appetizers and
having a glass of wine as part of the
Many are also including a
butler’s pantry in their gourmet kitchens.
Many see the kitchen as the heart of the
home and tend to stick to more classic
elements including a new trend of white
cabinetry. While white cabinets went out of
style for a while, many are leaning more toward the classic look knowing in 20 years they will
still be in style.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
MHBA members are seeing a trend toward open air showers. This design keeps the
bathroom feeling open and airy. There is also a trend toward more upscale finishes such as
hardwood flooring and designer trim in master suites.
Many homes are featuring two master
suites on two floors for home owners looking for longevity in their home. The second floor
master will be used until owners can no longer use the stairs while the additional master will
be used as a guest room.
Ken Semler with Express Modular believes there will
be a future trend toward more technology in
homes including electronically opening your door,
turning on lights and adjusting your furnace with