New Trends in Custom Home Building

New Trends in Custom Home Building

At B.L. Rieke, our talented Kansas City custom home builders know that one thing is constant - trends in home building are always changing! If you're considering a custom built home in the near future, you may be curious about the most recent home design trends. Whether you are a couple who is excited about building your first home, or a family finally ready to build the home you have long dreamed of, it's always fun to learn of new trends that may inspire you or give you a fresh new outlook on what you want in a home.

Here are a few of the new trends in custom home building for 2014 and beyond:

Wide open spaces. More and more, homeowners desire a more open, spacious appearance; this is particularly true of the kitchen and family rooms, which transition seamlessly from one to the other and allow for easier socializing when friends or family are over. The make the transition even easier, many appliance designers have created special cabinet fronts for appliances and other products that help integrate the decor from one room to the next.

Quartz is overtaking granite for bath and kitchen countertops. Granite has been the obvious choice in countertops for more than 10 years, however factory-engineered quartz is now taking the lead! With the same luxurious look and feel as granite, quartz is the top choice today because of its durability, and resistance to chipping, cracking, and staining. The ease of cleaning is one more reason to choose granite.

Lighter, more "natural" wood floors. Hardwood floors are beautiful, however what's really "in" today are engineered woods that provide a lighter colored floor and more natural finish. Experts in the design industry indicate that homeowners desire a more exotic appearance today, which can be accomplished by wood floors that are white, gray, bleached, or that are sealed-only or have matte finishes.

Transitioning effortlessly from indoors to outdoor spaces. More and more, Kansas City homeowners are making use of the backyard to increase square footage. Elaborately decked out (no pun intended) decks and patios extend living and entertainment spaces, as homeowners invest in decorated spaces that invite relaxation and socializing. It isn't unusual to find fire pits, pizza ovens, and even televisions right out the back door!

Many custom home builders are giving their customers "green" options including appliances that save on water usage such as touchless faucets, low-flow showerheads, and other features that help homeowners enjoy natural resources while helping the environment.

There is nothing quite like building the home you have always dreamed of exactly to your family's needs and desires. At B.L. Rieke, our Kansas City custom home builders bring your vision of what a home should be to life.

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