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4 Top Custom Home Building Trends in 2021

August 20, 2021

With the real estate market in the lower mainland being what it is, more and more people are opting for a custom home build or renovation project over buying a new house.

Working with custom home builders in Richmond gives you the freedom to choose exactly what your dream home will look like, as does a renovation, with the added bonus of saving you from another 25-year mortgage.

Designing a home can be a lot of fun. It’s an opportunity to be creative, to experiment, and to stand out in your neighbourhood.

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Read on for some inspiration. Here are four of the most popular home design trends of 2021.

Conservation and Sustainability

As the climate crisis continues, people are now building with sustainability in mind. But what does that mean, exactly?

When building a sustainable home, planning ahead is the name of the game. That means you want to design and build a home that’s going to easily adapt to the changes of the seasons, as well as the changes your family will make throughout the years.

Location matters too when building with sustainability in mind. Good orientation takes advantage of the sunny spots and shady spots, reducing your need to heat and cool your home by means of a heating and cooling system.

Shop around for materials that are both economical and environmentally friendly, and plan for exactly how much you need in order to reduce waste.

Open Concept

An ‘open concept’ is a common floor plan in home design and has been for quite some time. In the last year, however, as we’ve been entertaining from home, our ideal floor plan has shifted away from open concept rooms and toward opening up entire floors.

For example, open concept in the kitchen used to imply a smooth transition from the kitchen to the dining room, whereas now it may look more like a central kitchen, with fewer corners and walls acting as barriers between the entrance, living room, dining room, and patio, giving party guests plenty of space to move between rooms.

Home Offices

Another fallout from the pandemic is that many of us are working from home. In the last year and a half, we’ve gotten quite comfortable with the flexibility remote work has afforded us, and even when the pandemic is over, more than a few companies are playing with the idea of letting employees work from home if only just a few days per week.

With that in mind, home designers are including home offices in the plans.

Previously, home offices usually consisted of little more than a desk and chair in the corner of a spare bedroom.

But as working from home has shown us, distractions are productivity killers, and having a space dedicated solely to work is essential to make working from home sustainable.

Minimalism is a key concept here. Think white walls, plenty of light, and as far away from the more occupied rooms of the house (like the living room or kitchen) as possible, to minimize noise.


Along with the desire for more open floor plans, a modern look to the exterior of the house has been dominating new home builds for the past few years.

You can see a few examples of this here on the project page of dreamville Homes custom home builders in Richmond.

Modern home design typically consists of geometrical, almost ‘boxy’ shapes (flat roofs, large, plain windows, and doors) clean lines, and intentional asymmetry.

Ornamentation such as arches, columns, and shutters are becoming very infrequent as the modern design trend picks up speed.


The beauty of designing your own home is the freedom to choose what to include. Hopefully, this list has inspired you to go ahead with that project.

Whether you’re in the market for custom home builders in Richmond, or you’re looking to undertake a major renovation project, dreamville Homes is ready to work with you to create something you and your family can enjoy for years to come.

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