So you’re building a custom home… congratulations! Building your dream home from scratch is an extremely exciting journey that inevitably comes along with a multitude of decisions that need to be made. While some clients come to us with a clear idea of their desired home design style, and others have no idea where to start. Today, we’re going over a few of the most popular home design styles, so you can identify your favorite and start defining your own personal style! 

Cape Cod 

The Cape Cod design style hit it’s peak of popularity back in the 1930’s, but many people love the way this style pays homage to the sea, without appearing too beachy. Typically these homes are painted in cool toned neutrals, with blue accents. They often feature a steep roofline, wood exterior siding, and multi pane windows as well as hardwood floors in the interior. 

French Countryside

Dating back to the 18th century, the French Countryside design style transports homeowners back to a simpler time. More modern french-country homes marry a variety of antique wood and stonework found throughout the home, with an emphasis on warm toned, cozy neutral colors. The exterior often sports steep roofs, stucco walls and a series of narrow windows. Additionally, this style typically places an emphasis on curb appeal, boasting circle driveways and lush landscaping.


Otherwise recognized as the quintessential American home, Colonial style homes date back to the late 1800’s, but they’re still one of the most popular styles being built today. These multi-level homes feature brickwork and horizontal wood exterior siding. Many feature the beloved front porch! Homeowners decorate this simple style in a variety of colors, including white, blue, yellow, beige and more. 


Mediterranean inspired homes, otherwise known as Spanish eclectic, became popular in California in the 1920’s. These homes are characterized by the ever recognizable red tile roofs, stucco walls and light stonework. Their floor plans are typically laid out in a U-shape, mirroring the circle drive out front. In most luxury mediterranean homes, guests are welcomed by a central courtyard, consisting of beautiful landscaping and a running fountain. 

Contemporary Modern

What we now call modern or contemporary design style began back in the 1950’s, when architects began experimenting with straight lines and geometric shapes. These modern homes are typically adorned in an unconventional color palette, namely black and white. Today’s contemporary homes feature a lot of glass, open floor plans and a clear focus on minimalism. 

Found a style that speaks to you? We can help bring your vision to life. Contact us today to start discussing your very own custom home!