Keep an Eye Out for These Custom Home Features in 2024

Making your custom home a reality can leave you spoiled for choice, but it can also empower you to tailor your dream home down to every detail and custom element. Owner of G&G Custom Homes, Joe Garcia, has his finger on the pulse of custom home features. According to Garcia, this year homeowners are looking to maximize functionality in every corner of their home. That means more natural light, more outdoor living spaces, and more practical ways to work, play, and relax.

“People love the covered porches and pools,” says Garcia, noting that of the ten homes he’s currently building, seven of them include a pool, and every one of them includes a covered outdoor space.

Outdoor living is all about extending our seasons and enjoying the fresh air for as long as possible. For year-round natural light, large windows are another popular feature for homes in 2024.

“People are wanting more and more natural light into their house,” says Garcia. “Some are even asking for big windows in their closets. Gone are the days of a closet being a room with four walls. Now there is at least one window in there.”

While in years past homeowners occasionally incorporated office space in their home, the pandemic ushered in the inclusion of home offices as a staple of practically every new build. In many cases, multiple home offices are accommodating multi-income households, with some homeowners even requesting custom built-in study spaces for their children.

“Although many people have returned to working outside the home again, a lot of folks still are able to work remotely, either fulltime or part-time, so they want a flexible home office type of space to do so,” says Garcia.

2. Storage for Days!

It’s a common lament: There is never enough storage! One of our favorite 2024 custom home trends takes on this age-old problem and solves it handily! There are several options for discreet storage; especially popular today:

  • Upper Cabinets. The fad of forgoing upper cabinets or utilizing open shelves is not over, but upper cabinets are working their way back into kitchens. This is invaluable storage space – and it can help you maintain a clutter-free look to boot.
  • Butler’s Pantries. No butler required for this secondary kitchen. This trend is… Well, at this point, it’s not a trend as much as a must for those of us who want to eliminate clutter and ensure there is a place for everything… and everything is discreetly in its place. While it clears your countertops, cupboards, and cabinets, the butler’s pantry also keeps your main kitchen “guest ready” at all times. Going beyond the idea of a pantry, this room can house just about anything your regular kitchen does, including range, oven, warming drawers, beverage fridges, second sink, etc., as well as all of your appliances.
  • Appliance Garage. Another option is a garage appliance to get countertop appliances out of the way when not in use but easily accessible when you need them. We love our gadgets (and we really love that coffee maker) but don’t love the space they take up or the clutter they create. Park them in the garage.
  • Mudrooms. These all-purpose rooms are perfect for storing outdoor gear during every season. Chic designs ensure that form is never sacrificed for function. Mudrooms are a perennial chart-topper when it comes to custom home trends.

Home automation continues to be a hot commodity. With new predictive hardware, smart homes keep getting smarter, and all the more appealing. According to Garcia, nearly every client he works with requests some form of automated feature.

“They want the controlled lighting, where you have a keypad to turn lights on in your house rather than using switches,” he says. “They love that all they have to do is hit the ‘entertain’ button and lights dim down to set a mood.”

Motorized shades are also gaining popularity, which makes sense if you’re wanting larger windows. Automated shades allow for some privacy in the evenings without the hassle of wrestling with a stepladder. Again, folks love to be able to put shades up or down with the touch of a button.

Find out how you can incorporate these distinctive custom features in your next home by contacting G&G Custom Homes today.