David Van Hoesen’s New Trends in Custom Home Design

Looking to take your home to the next level? Connecticut’s greatest home designer and builder has you covered.

With a new year comes plenty of new trends in custom home design. If you’re thinking about re-designing your current home or moving into a new one, you know how difficult it can be to decide where to start. Thankfully, David Van Hoesen, the President of Alpha Building and Construction, is defining the top trends for custom home design. As a professional, David has designed and built some of the finest high-end homes throughout the United States. So next time you’re looking for a new home or a renovation, try to incorporate some of these features into your project:

Size Up the Entertaining Spaces

It’s becoming fashionable to make large entertaining areas the staple of your home. Of course, different families entertain in different rooms, so this is completely customizable to your lifestyle. If you’re a fan of hosting dinner parties then you’ll probably want to extend your kitchen and dining room. In this case, the ideal layout involves giving yourself a lot of room to prepare food and appetizers in the kitchen while providing your guest’s plenty of seating options. Think long kitchen islands, lots of counter space, and bar and dining styled seating options!

If you’re more of a porch gathering type of person then consider getting some more square footage and seating options out there. “You can also find unique lighting options to make it more inviting, like fire pits or artisan light fixtures,” says David Van Hoesen. Also, if you’re thinking about building a man cave, consider a wine cellar. These have become much more popular choices and have a lot of potentials to become great entertaining spaces.

The Open Concept is Here to Stay

“The popularity of open concept floor plans hasn’t lost any momentum in the new year, so you can expect this trend to remain a fixture of custom home design”, explains David Van Hoesen. By giving your home an open concept, you’re creating a more sociable environment for your family and friends while increasing the visual “size” of the rooms. Too many walls give a home a much narrower look while an open concept merges major rooms into one expansive one.

Typically, this is done by combining the kitchen, dining room, and living room. For parents of young children, the open concept is often considered a life-saver since it makes it easier to prepare meals or relax without losing sight of your children. And with some cleverly placed windows, this design can give your home a lot of natural lighting while retaining privacy from the outside world.

Try Sizing Down to a Single-Story Home

Single story homes are in — and that’s a good thing. There’s a lot of convenience in a single story home: not only are they easier to clean and navigate than multi-story homes but they typically take less furniture to decorate, too. Having a single story home also opens up more design options since there aren’t second-floors limiting alterations to ceiling height or skylights. So, if you’re a fan of high ceilings and a lot of natural light, this is the right choice for you. It also meets the “age in place” criteria for middle-aged couples who don’t want to be forced out of their home due to its inaccessibility. With no staircases and easier home management, single story homes are still as homey in old age as in youth or middle age!