If you are a take-charge, know-what-you-want, no-compromise type of person… Well, building a custom home is perfect for you. Decisions abound, and you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to creating space that perfectly aligns with your life, style, and lifestyle. You’ve weighed the pros and cons of open spaces, researched flooring and tile, and debated whether to install a butler’s pantry (do it), but have you considered different architectural styles?

The style you choose has a significant impact on your overall aesthetic, as well as how you experience your home.

Architectural Styles In Custom Home Design

Once you go down the rabbit hole, you’ll realize just how many architectural styles are out there. But what’s the difference between a modern and mid-century modern? Between Craftsman and European – or modern Craftsman and modern European. Let’s go down that rabbit hole together with some popular options:


One of America’s most beloved architectural styles, Craftsman emphasizes unpretentious artisanship and simple, sturdy features that stand the test of time. This is where you’ll see exposed beams on display, hardwood flooring aplenty, and functional built-ins that charm. Craftsman is made to last both in terms of quality and style.


Prairie is a subset of the Craftsman style. Here the focus is on ensuring the structure is integrated into the surrounding landscape/environment. Prairie originated in… where else… the Midwest and typically prioritizes simplicity and functionality in a departure from the grandeur of the Victorian style that was en vogue at the turn of the 20th century. Features include natural woodwork, open concept floor plans, use of natural materials, flow between indoors and out, and gorgeous walls of windows. Its originators were truly ahead of their time – and right in time for ours!


This architectural style has been called “timeless and quintessential California.” Those of us in the Hoosier State will appreciate the simplicity, elegance, and warm blend of Italian and Spanish philosophies. Think of a luxe leisure at a seaside resort vibe with warm woods, bright tones, and a perfect indoor/outdoor balance.


Modern homes bid adieu to columns, arches, and other ornate features. Removing “unnecessary” frills and extras, the style is all about functionality, natural materials, and open floor living. Natural light is celebrated, as are neutral color palettes, streamlined exteriors/interiors, sharp angles and lines, and an overall clean, minimalist aesthetic.


“Modern” and “contemporary” are often confused – and really, the dictionary definitions are just about the same! When it comes to architecture and design, though, modern tends to refer to the style we discussed above, which originated at the start of the 20th century. Contemporary isn’t necessarily tied to a specific time period. Rather it tends to reflect current trends. You’ll see more ornamentation and curves than with modern, as well as color palettes that lean towards contrasts (e.g. black and white).

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Just when we got a grip on modern, we introduce a variety of “offshoots,” including:

  • Farmhouse
  • Contemporary
  • Prairie
  • Craftsman

These styles retain the “heart and soul” of the original, if you will, but integrate modern appeal through sleek, clean lines and a dose of minimalism. This is how architecture evolves to meet the needs of homeowners – and stand the test of time.

Please peruse our Gallery to explore different architectural styles and the impact they make on the aesthetic of custom built homes.

Your Home: Your Style

When it comes to architectural styles in custom home design, there are many from which to choose. This decision will influence the overall aesthetic of your house, its tone, if you will, but the biggest factor in your results is you. Choosing an architectural style does not mean resigning yourself to a cookie cutter design. With the G&G team behind you, you can create a home that truly reflects your unique personality, interests, and aspirations.

To talk about your vision, connect with G&G Custom Homes.