These days, modern luxury homes are on the rise due to a growing economy, pent-up demand, competitive mortgage rates, and affordable home prices, which will ensure a steady increase in the housing market through 2015.
But what you really want to know isn’t that new-home sales are expected to climb 29% to 557,000 this year; you’re here for the year’s best custom home designs. So here you have it: The top five design trends that are in, and the top five that are most definitely out.
- Marble Bathroom: Custom home plans are 78% more likely to list a marble bathroom this year. Marble baths give the aura of regality as well as uniqueness. Marble comes in a variety of colors, making your bathroom easily customizable. The rock is also very durable and can easily be heated in cold winter months.
- Roof Deck: A roof deck is what custom home builders are starting to build more of these days because, after all, who wouldn’t want to get a bird’s eye view of your backyard and neighborhood?
- Oversized Windows: More popular than floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized windows offer more light than standard sized ones, but won’t cost you a fortune in heating bills. They will often be energy efficient as well. Of all those who built or purchased National Green Building Standard houses in the past three years, 93% said they would purchase another green home in the future.
- Storage Space: If you’ve got kids, you are going to want as much space as possible. Built-in storage units are in high demand, as people want to keep their out-of-season stuff organized in the basement or garage.
- Wine Room: Let’s admit it, having a wine room can save a lot of fridge space. In fact, 30% more homes now include a wine room in the listing because it can add some serious value to a home. Most offer a temperature-controlled environment.
- Backyard BBQ: A backyard BBQ pit is no longer a necessity for luxury home buyers, as it fell 16% in popularity since last year. Many people realize this feature is redundant, or that they don’t use it as much as thought they would.
- Hardwoods: Down 13% from last year, it’s back to carpets in the family room and bedroom. Tile and concrete flooring are also more popular in the kitchen these days, because they offer more durability.
- Covered patio: These prove to often be a lot of work to set up and tear down every season, and with an 11% decrease, many custom home owners agree. Many opt for custom home designs that include partial shade, instead of a patio.
- Fireplaces: With better, more efficient heating systems installed in homes these days, fireplaces took a tumble, down 9% in popularity in the past year. Many people would rather save the wall space for something else.
- Stainless appliances: Although only decreased 7% since last year, stainless appliances are slowly being phased out of the luxury home scene as more people are looking for a rustic or shabby chic look.
Custom home designs, as always, depend on the taste of the homeowners. Do some online shopping and determine what luxury amenities you want included in your home.