We’re a few months into 2022 and we’re already seeing some custom home features starting to pick up in popularity. And it’s for a good reason – designers, architects, and builders are getting more creative when it comes to design, functionality, and customization. People also have new priorities after the events of the past couple of years and it shows through their custom design choices in their new homes.
Building a custom home is exciting, but it can be overwhelming at times. There are so many different variables to consider and seemingly endless options to choose from. But you don’t have to do it alone! If you are starting the process of building your dream custom home and you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of the trends we’ve seen gaining traction so far this year.
1. A Dedicated Home Office Space
When the world shut down due to the pandemic in early 2020, almost everyone who had the ability to work remotely did so. We set up makeshift work stations and a large majority of us shared those spaces with our kids while they did their school work online at the same time.
Although the kids are back in school and some normalcy has returned, many companies are choosing to keep working remotely – driving the need for home office spaces. We have seen a major increase in demand for custom home office spaces and we don’t see that demand slowing down anytime soon. And the best thing about a custom build is that you can design your home office to meet your and your family’s specific needs.
Arches are having a major moment right now in the world of custom home design. Adding arches into your home is a great way to add uniqueness, character, and charm to the space while keeping it classy and elegant.
Arches can be used in a variety of ways in your custom build. We have seen the shape used in bedroom or bathroom wall art, doorways, doors, and even cabinetry. It adds some softness to your home while creating a timeless look you’ll love for years to come.
3. Spaces for Entertaining
Designated spaces for gathering and entertaining have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years. Whether you’re looking to add an extra living space, a theater room, or even a bowling alley, creating a space where your guests can come and feel welcome will be fun for you and your whole family.
4. Pet Washing Stations
Pets are part of the family, and more and more people are starting to make custom home design choices specifically for their furry family members. One particular feature we have seen more of this year is the built-in pet washing station.
Some people will dedicate an entire room to their pet’s grooming needs while others will put a pet bath in their mudroom or bathroom. No matter where it is located in your home, it can add some major convenience to your life – especially if your pet tends to get into messy situations on the regular. These typically include a detachable high-power shower head, dispensers for shampoo and conditioner, a built-in blow dryer, and a cabinet or two for treats and toys. However, you can work with your designer to customize it to your needs.
5. Outdoor Cooking, Dining, and Living Spaces
Outdoor living spaces have always been around, but they are becoming more of a priority in custom homes this year. After being stuck in the house for so long, people are craving being outdoors and there’s no better way to enjoy being outside than having a luxury space to relax or host in.
One perk of building a custom home is that you can design your outdoor living space to meet your exact needs. For example, if you only want a sitting area, you can design it that way. Or if you want a full cooking, dining, and living area, you can do that too. It’s really up to you and your needs, but we would highly recommend putting some type of outdoor living area in your new home.
6. Pops of Color or Patterns
When it comes to your home, it’s important to do what you like. If you love your all-white cabinets, walls, countertops, and couches, that’s great. But don’t be afraid to add some colors, textures, and patterns into your home! More and more people have been choosing fun patterns for their tile floors, colorful wallpaper, darker cabinets, and warmer tones throughout the home.
It can feel nerve-wracking to use color and patterns to your space, but it can add so much character and charm.
7. Excess Storage Space
You can never have enough storage space in your home! Work with your designer and architect to see where you can add cabinets, closets, and storage spaces throughout your home. It might seem excessive, but you’ll be glad you added that extra storage when you’re putting everything away and organizing from the move.
8. Heated Floors
A luxury feature we love to recommend to homeowners is heated flooring in the bathroom or other tiled spaces in the home. Tile can be cold under the feet, so adding the heating feature can make your life that much better (especially if you live in a cold climate).
Building a custom home is exciting – you get to make it your own and include the features you have always dreamed of. If you are looking for custom home builders in Utah, Split Rock Homes is the place to go. We build luxury homes designed specifically for you and your family so you can enjoy your dream space for years to come.