Homebuyers are a lot savvier these days. Even if families weren’t hit hard by the recession, they’re making smart choices when it comes to designing a custom home, ensuring that home is something they can enjoy for years into the future.

At Arthur Rutenberg Homes, a custom homebuilder in the Nashville area, we work with customers on every detail of their homes to ensure it’s something they can enjoy now and decades from now. The benefit of building a custom home is that you have the ability to get everything just the way you want it. But that requires some careful planning and forethought, so that you meet your needs now, and those that are to come.

We’ve noticed certain trends that are becoming ever more popular with homebuyers. Take a look at this list of the top 8 must haves, and consider incorporating some of these elements into your own custom home design.

  1. Multi-functional spaces: gone are the days of formal, walled-off rooms designated for a very specific purpose. Today’s families want spaces where they can work, entertain, and relax, depending on what suits them at any given time.
  2. Energy efficiency: Building to be environmentally friendly and save on energy use is no longer a luxury – it’s a necessity for most homebuyers. Energy-efficient appliances are an absolute must.
  3. Closet space: From walk-in clothing closets to linen closets, families are looking for more storage to organize their things but keep them hidden away.
  4. Open kitchens: Many homebuyers want open kitchens with plenty of counter and cooking space, and islands for casual dining and entertaining.
  5. Home offices and study spaces: Many people work from home at least part of the time. Computer workstations for the kids to do their homework are also popular elements of custom homes.
  6. Big pantries: More people are buying in bulk than ever before – but where do you put all those cans of soup and boxes of cereal than you get home? A walk-in pantry provides great storage that stays out of sight.
  7. Real wood: Like other natural elements, real wood cabinets lend a warm, homey feeling to a kitchen. Many homebuyers prefer it over laminate and other manufactured materials.
  8. Neutral colors. Gray and brown are topping décor lists these days. These colors make it easy to change out accent colors as the seasons and tastes change.

No matter your taste, there’s sure to be something in this list of must-haves that will catch your attention. If you’re thinking of building a home, contact Arthur Rutenberg Homes today to find out how we can help you design your dream living space.