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Current Design Trends for Custom Homes

November 10, 2014


What Homebuyers Want

As we all know, the baby-boom generation has driven the trends for many decades. So what are the current design trends for custom homes? As a custom and luxury home builder in Yorkville, IL, a beautiful hidden community just minutes west of Naperville, Aurora, Oswego and Plainfield, I believe that the baby-boom generation homebuyers are looking to downsize and gain energy efficiency but are still looking for a little pampering and indulgence in their homes. For years we designed and built the McMansions, homes well over 4000 sf. and in those homes we created the incredibly large Master Suites, two-Story Great Rooms, and unused Living Rooms. Today, however, the trend is to eliminate the waste, reduce maintenance, and build smarter. Perhaps the kids are gone or perhaps there is a need to lower monthly expenses, regardless, no one wants to lose the extra touches that they have grown accustomed to over the years.

What’s in?

  • Destination bathrooms. The master bath has evolved into the home getaway with multiple task areas: large tubs and showers, heated floors, multiple flat screens TVs, and wireless Internet so you don't miss anything as you move from bathing to grooming to lounging. If the bathroom is outfitted for serving bars, wine coolers, espresso machines and grazing snacks…all the better. Think spa!
  • Outdoor living spaces that look interior. “Statement" fireplaces of cut stone, heated flooring and walkways for year-round use, entertaining-sized custom kitchens and indoor-looking artwork, fabric, and finishes that can stand up to the elements. Don’t forget the built-in entertainment like flat screen TV’s and stereo.
  • Monitoring and controlling with hand-held devices. Forgot to turn off the coffee maker, close or open the blinds, turn the heat down or the air conditioning up? The latest technology lets hand-held devices open or close the blinds, turn lights on or off, or let Fido out the electronic pet door. The home owner can be around the corner or across the country and still determine what's going on at home.
  • Concealed appliances. Buyers are choosing matching cabinet panels that are used to disguise the ubiquitous refrigerator and dishwasher, the latest way to integrate visually those boxy necessities and make the kitchen more non-traditional and less functional-looking.
  • A home's carbon footprint. Reused construction materials and energy-friendly mechanical systems and appliances all reduce the need for fossil fuels. Home buyers are asking about how their potential new home can save the planet. It's more than a trend; it's a convenient truth.
  • Off-grid homes. Solar panels, windmills and inverters are here to stay in a big way. With brown-outs and power line-damaging storms on the increase, buyers will look for hybrid home-energy options. Even being partially off-grid beats getting expensive power from coal-fired utilities to these eco-energy users.

What's out?

  • Living rooms. The great room has replaced the living room in American residential culture. Informal lifestyles with combined eating, cooking and living spaces let family members and visiting friends congregate for various activities makes much more sense to buyers than the forced museum. In designing and building homes for buyers, I see the ex-museum used as home offices, guest bedrooms, work-out spaces, and craft or hobby places.
  • McMansions. Size doesn't matter if it's not well-finished because you can’t afford to heat it! A voluminous home whose best attribute is the square footage is losing its appeal. Homebuyers are looking for quality now. Eliminate those obese ceiling heights and build to scale.

    CL Design-Build is committed to designing and building quality homes that will be sustainable and beautiful.

While Bob and I have worked with CL Design Build, the experience has been positive, professional, and one we would pursue again. Our dream home was creatively designed balancing practicality and cost. Cheryl’s attention to detail will make our home a focal point of the neighborhood. Thanks to all at CL Design Build!

~ Bob and Ann Elwood

We met with 5 different local builders when we started this custom build adventure. Cheryl Lee, hands down, left the best impression. She was knowledgeable, open to and interested in our ideas. They were always timely and attentive to any and all questions that we had and patient and informative when we were chewing over a decision. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience than working with the CL Design-Build team! Danielle Brown

~ Danielle Brown

We enjoyed working with CL Design Build to build our 100% custom dream home. Starting with a blank piece of paper, we were able to build our home from bottom to top using our own ideas and concepts. We are really enjoying our home today.

~ Doug and Cinda Coyne

That teamwork between Brad and Cheryl ensured that we received the best that is available. There is a trust and bond between CL Design-Build and their clients that gave us peace of mind. The numerous compliments that we receive on our beautiful home are tremendous!

~ Richard and Kristine Christie