Cutting Edge

The latest trends in custom-home design

Thinking about building a custom home? As you begin the planning phase, you’ll want to research what’s new in custom-home design. Below, Jonathan Lerner, CEO of Meridian Homes, lists trends on the rise in the DC area.

  • Living Less LargeHigh-quality finishes are more important than extra square footage. And smaller homes cost less to maintain over time.
  • Cutting-EdgeClients today expect the latest technology. Factor in home-tech systems early so you’ll have the infrastructure you need over time.
  • Eco-FriendlyHomeowners are embracing a whole-house approach to sustainability, from energy efficiency to air quality to the use of green and recycled materials.
  • Back to NatureOutdoor living spaces are in—complete with kitchens, swimming pools, sport courts and fireplaces or fire pits for when the weather turns cooler.
  • Open PlanThese days, open kitchen/breakfast/family room spaces are commonplace.
  • Spa TimeThe master bath is a luxurious retreat with a freestanding soaking tub and a roomy shower.
  • Kitchen KarmaHigh-functioning kitchens include work stations, oversized islands and separate pantries.