To get an idea of the home design trends of 2024, we take a look back at the custom-built homes and remodeling projects we completed in 2023 and what we currently have in the works for the year ahead. Based on our experience, and projections from home design industry experts, homeowners are embracing more color, patterns, and texture than they have in years past. They are seeking more custom storage solutions and a more seamless connection between their indoor and outdoor spaces. Aging-in-place features are also on the rise as homeowners plan on staying in their homes long into retirement.  Here are a few of the home trends we expect to see in the year ahead.

Ranch-Style Homes - Ranch-style homes continue to be one of the most requested types of homes we build. Today's modern ranch-style home has an open-concept floor plan, higher ceilings than the ranch homes of the past, large windows to allow for maximum natural light, and patio doors opening to outdoor spaces. They offer a lot of flexibility in both the floor plan and overall design of the home, and in general, are less expensive per sq.ft. to build than a multi-story home. 

Aging-In-Place - The Home Design Trends Survey, produced and published by the American Institute of Architects, June 2023, indicates that the most popular request from homeowners is universal design or aging-in-place features. Depending on the needs and requests of our customers, we include aging-in-place features, such as zero-step entryways, wider doorways, lever-style door handles, well-lit corridors and walkways, grab bars in critical areas like bathrooms, and single-level living spaces, to name a few. By proactively integrating these design elements, homeowners can create spaces that evolve with their needs over time, ensuring a comfortable and secure living environment throughout the aging process.

Blending of Indoor and Outdoor Spaces - The AIA Home Design Trends Survey also indicates homeowners are craving a more seamless blend between indoor and outdoor spaces.  Sunroom additions, three-season rooms, and decks continue to be popular home improvement projects at PortSide. Nearly every new home we build includes a sunroom or three-season room which opens up to an expansive patio or deck. Large patio doors, oversized windows, and clerestory windows all allow for an abundance of light and for the natural views to permeate the home. Homeowners can enjoy the beauty of changing seasons and create a seamless transition between their indoor and outdoor environments, fostering a sense of tranquility and balance in their homes year-round. 

Custom and Smart Storage Solutions - Today's homeowners are looking for custom spaces that elevate their lives and keep clutter at bay. While some of these clever concepts have been around for a while, storage requests are becoming more sophisticated and personalized. 

Mudrooms will continue to evolve as the command center for busy families. Well-thought-out plans include a bench with hooks and storage above for quickly removing shoes and hanging up coats, drop zones for incoming mail and packages, concealed charging stations for electronic devices, and built-in storage for sports and seasonal equipment.

Kitchen storage is also evolving. Custom solutions are designed to keep kitchen gadgets out of sight when not in use and make meal prep and cleanup more efficient. Prep kitchens and butler pantries are emerging in popularity as well as customized secondary spaces such as wine bars, coffee bars, and built-in beverage coolers. 


Kitchens Have More Drama and Interest - Kitchens remain the heart and hub of the modern American home. All-white kitchens have been a popular style choice in kitchens for many years, as it is a timeless style.  According to the 2024 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends study, white cabinets continue to be the most popular cabinet color choice. However, homeowners are incorporating more color and texture into their kitchen design. We are seeing combinations of white upper cabinets with an island in a bold accent color, like blue, green, or natural wood. Backsplashes are getting higher and more colorful, bright ceramic tiles or patterned porcelain tiles establish a focal point by extending to the range hood or even the ceiling. Lighting is also making a statement with oversized pendant lights over the island and lots of accent lighting, such as under cabinet lighting, and ambient lighting for the new wine and coffee bars. 

Spa-like Bathrooms - In the bathroom, relaxation and safety seem to be the key words. Homeowners are looking for more than functionality in the bathroom, they are looking for serene, spa-like beautiful bathrooms. Features such as steam showers, multiple shower heads, heated benches, and large soaking tubs provide the luxury feeling they are craving. While low-curb or curbless showers with elegant grab bars, and non-slip floors provide safety they are looking for.


While home design styles may change over time, one thing that never goes out of style is quality craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service. Here at PortSide Builders, with over 45 years of knowledge and passion for home construction, we understand that the key to a successful home design or remodeling project is effective communication.  We take the time to listen to you, understand your specific needs and vision, and build a custom home, addition, or remodeling project that is perfect for you.

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