Top 10 Exterior Design Trends for Custom Homes in 2024

It’s finally summer and many homeowners are looking for ways to create outdoor spaces that not only reflect their personal style, but also enhance comfort, functionality, and their connection with the outdoors. From bold color palettes to asymmetrical designs, this summer’s exterior design trends are all about embracing new ideas while honoring classic, timeless design elements. With that, let’s dive in to discover the latest must-haves in custom home exterior design for 2024! 

1. Mixed Materials

One of this year’s hottest exterior design trends for custom homes is the use of various materials to create dynamic and visually interesting facades. Wood, stone, metal, and glass add depth and character to the home’s exterior through texture and contrast. Mixed materials can help to highlight specific architectural features, such as entryways, balconies, or columns, drawing attention to these elements and adding to the overall visual appeal. Using a variety of materials can also create a harmonious, yet varied color scheme that enhances the aesthetic richness of the exterior design.

2. Dark & Bold Color Palettes

Another custom home design trend we have been seeing a lot this year is the use of dark and bold color palettes. Deep, rich colors like charcoal, navy, and black help to create a sleek, modern, and sophisticated exterior facade. These bold colors can also make a strong visual statement, helping it to stand out in a neighborhood and increasing its curb appeal. Dark color palettes can also have a timeless quality to them, remaining relevant for many years and avoiding trends that may quickly become dated.

3. Large, Panoramic Windows

Large, oversized windows are also a key feature we have been seeing in the design of many custom homes this year. These expansive windows help to maximize natural light in a home and offer an unobstructed view of the outdoors. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass walls are popular choices, as they blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living spaces.

4. Outdoor Living Spaces

Another design trend we are seeing in 2024 is the prioritization of outdoor living spaces. Many home designs include extensive outdoor living areas such as patios, decks, balconies, and rooftop terraces for dining, entertaining and relaxing. These spaces often include features like outdoor kitchens, fire pits and comfortable seating to expand the living areas beyond the home’s interior.

5. Asymmetrical Designs

This year there has been a shift away from traditional symmetry for custom home design towards more organic and asymmetrical shapes. This shift has created a unique opportunity to incorporate more contemporary architectural lines in the design of new homes, which in turn give them a more distinctive exterior aesthetic.

6. Natural & Reclaimed Materials

Many homeowners are choosing to incorporate natural or reclaimed materials into their custom home’s exterior design. Materials like reclaimed wood, natural stone and brick add a rustic and historical authenticity to newly built homes. These natural and reclaimed materials give new custom homes a timeless curb appeal and enable them to weather well over the years.

7. Minimalist & Clean Lines

In 2024 we have also seen a continuation of the trend towards minimalism and clean lines in the exterior design of custom homes. Homeowners are opting for designs that emphasize simplicity and functionality with clean, contemporary lines and minimal ornamentation. This trend focuses on creating an elegant exterior facade through seek and modern design elements, such as flat or low-pitched roofs and large windows.

8. Textured Facades

Textured exterior facades are also becoming a go-to choice for new custom homes this year.  Using materials like shiplap, board-and-batten, and decorative brickwork add depth, visual interest, and unique character to the home’s exterior. These textured materials create shadows and highlights that help to add depth to the exterior facade, which make it visually dynamic and interesting. By integrating textured materials into the exterior design, homes in 2024 can achieve a unique, visually attractive, and durable finish that stands out and enhances the overall architectural appeal.

9. Integrated Landscaping

This year many homeowners are designing their landscaping to be an integral part of their new home’s exterior. There is a major focus in 2024 on sustainable, low-maintenance landscaping using everything from native plants to green roofs and rain gardens. Thoughtful transitions between hardscape and softscape elements also help to emphasize a seamless blend between the home and its natural surroundings, creating a cohesive and visually appealing exterior.

10. Timeless & Classic Elements

Another trend we have been seeing is the blending of traditional architectural details with modern touches, including gabled roofs, brick facades and classic columns. In a quickly changing world, many homeowners are drawn to exterior designs for their home that evoke a sense of stability and permanence. Timeless designs often bring a sense of nostalgia and charm, reminiscent of classical European architecture. This trend appeals to those looking for character and story in their home’s exterior design.

Whether you are planning to build a new home or customize your existing one, keeping these top 10 exterior design trends in mind will inspire you to craft a living space that is both beautiful and uniquely yours.

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