6 Custom Built Home Design Trends Near You


Brett Godfrey | Custom Home Builder
Springfield, MO

What design features do you want in a custom built home?

Over the years, I have seen many new design trends come and go. The good ones “stick to the wall” and the others, well… A recent article in Design, Housing Trends have summed up the latest trends as I have seen them in the local custom home market. I would like to share these trends that I believe will “stick to the wall” as our market seems to be getting away from what their neighbors have done and built to their personal preference. Do it your way!

It appears that functionality is taking the upper hand in current design trends; here are a few that we are incorporating into our new custom builds.


Open, Entertaining Kitchen

Over-sized islands with ample seating are “where the party is.” Family time becomes fleeting and precious. The kitchen becomes the heartbeat of the home.

extra large pantry

Extra-large Walk-in Pantry

The more open the kitchen/floor plan is, the fewer upper cabinets there are. This necessitates needing to relocate storage while recognizing that many homeowners increasingly prefer to shop in bulk.

connected laundry room

Connected Laundry Room

Placing a laundry room in a master closet with its main door off the hallway allows family members to cut down the distance to take dirty clothes to the laundry room and clean clothes back to their closets. Baby boomers seem to be embracing this idea the most of any market segment.

built in office alcove

Built-in Office Alcove

Many homeowners may not need a large home office, but a dedicated space as little as 5 feet by 6 feet that includes a built-in desk and shelves can be used by adults in the household and be a perfect place for kids to do homework.


Shower Beats

More and more master baths are opting for large, custom showers over a small shower and separate tub. Separate his-and-her vanities and a separate toilet room seem to be the norm.

mast closet with additional square footage

Ample Master Closet

The master closets are demanding more functional square footage. Closet systems that contain dressers and shelving are appearing as the master bedroom is becoming less cluttered with storage furniture.

As you can tell, this is a departure from the resale market. If you are thinking about changing addresses, chances are you are not going to find these items if you are buying “existing.”" Be ready to spend some bucks on remodeling if you are buying “living”. If you are considering building or remodeling, put your own personality and needs into your space. After all, it is yours!

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He has served as a 3-term president of the Springfield HBA. Brett Godfrey started out in the home building business in 1985. A graduate of Missouri State University, Godfrey has been an NAHB Certified Green Professional for 10 years. He built the first Gold standard house in the Springfield market.

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