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Popular Architecture Trends in Santa Cruz Homes

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As we enter the latter half of 2018, now is the perfect time to invest in building the house of your dreams.

While some people have planned out every room of their future home, others aren’t sure what is available or what is even possible to do. Working with an experienced architect, you can determine the latest trends and what to look for in 2018.

Keep reading to learn about what is new, popular, and essential for Santa Cruz architecture trends.

Outside Living Space

Despite the importance of interior living space, outdoor living space is becoming more indispensable to families and homeowners. Before, an outdoor living space comprised of balconies, decks or patios. Now, homeowners are looking to spend more time outside.

You can expect to find fireplaces and fire pits, fashionable furniture, and even a kitchen. Solar panel-like lights brighten these outdoor spaces and can be found dangling from tree branches, anchored to the ground or resting on tabletops.

Multipurpose Space

The Millennial generation is growing up and is investing in their futures. Those who are ready to construct a house are looking for something that has multipurpose, especially those that work from home.

Rooms that have the option of changing on demand from a living room to a workspace is an essential item. Not only must these living spaces be customizable to meet a family’s needs, but the elements of each room should flow and complement one another.

Pocket or sliding doors and dividers are the new trends for 2018 to help make a living space – both indoor and outdoor – work to fit the owner’s needs.


Another concern for the Millennial generation when having a home built is reducing their carbon footprint. Making a home more sustainable that will also fit their lifestyle is a top priority.

Including solar panels, energy efficient appliances, and guaranteeing insulated and well-sealed buildings in the design are a few ways to ensure a new home is sustainable.

Hidden Technology

Technology has become part of our everyday lives and making a home technologically-friendly is vital. Integrating technology that effortlessly blends into the home will not only bring a house up-to-date but also simplify the owner’s lives.

Some examples of connected home features include the Whirlpool Smart Kitchen Suite. This appliance suite allows consumers to remotely control the dishwasher, refrigerator, and range from the Whirlpool mobile app. By using the app, users can preheat the oven, adjust a cooking time or cleaning cycles and even reorder supplies.

It’s crucial in the design phase to work with your architect to let them know your desires to ensure an easy-to-use integration that is customizable and optimized for Wi-Fi connectivity. This integration is based on the layout and size of the home.

2018 Architecture Trends

Consumers care most about making sure their home fits their needs, whether it be by having a customizable living space or connected technology to simplify their lives. For more ideas on the interior or exterior trends, check out some of our blog posts.

Have questions? Feel free to contact us. We would love to design the home of your dreams!

Michael Helm is a recognized leader in the architectural design and consultation fields. He has more than twenty-four years experience and more than 200 projects to his credit. He has extensive experience with demanding projects and enjoys a high level of success and comfort working with clients, design and construction teams.