New Housing Design Trends Sweeping The Nation – And Atlanta!

In a recent webinar titled Designing Architecture, Interiors, and Landscaping for the New Decade, noted design trend consultant Renee Labbe summarized some of the top new housing design trends for the coming decade. Here are great examples of the most successful and inspirational designs by builders all over the country.

As an Atlanta Broker with a lifelong passion for architecture and home design I keep up with home design trends, and am seeing various iterations of these trends by certain forward thinking custom (and even production) builders in various markets in Intown Atlanta, Marietta, East Cobb, Sandy Springs, and all over North Atlanta.

Modern Farmhouse – Gabled + Boxed
Gabled modern is a beautiful, more traditional take on the modern home. This Southern California home is R. Douglas Mansfield Architect’s take on the modern farmhouse trend that has swept the nation. If you like the modern farmhouse design, I know the builders who are doing modern farmhouses and where to find them in metro Atlanta.

Here are a couple of Modern Farmhouse designs in the Pope High District in East Cobb – New Construction Homes

East Cobb Modern Farmhouse

East Cobb Modern Farmhouse New Construction Home – Source: Robert Whitfield

East Cobb Modern Farmhouse New Construction Home

East Cobb Modern Farmhouse New Construction – Source: Robert Whitfield

Rooftop Patios

Roofline Retreats
This trend provides a balance of modern architecture with roof top decks with more traditional elevations This townhome includes a roof deck that is integrated into the gabled roofline. This preserves the more traditional roofline, while providing outdoor space to enjoy long range views. I am seeing these roof top decks all around town from Aria in Sandy Springs to Abbington at Wildwood in East Cobb!

Box Frame House

The Box Frame
This homes elevation includes a dramatic popped-out box that includes multiple windows. This builders collection has rich modern elevations that mix materials, color, and massing variations like the popped-out box set of windows. In Atlanta this type is mostly used in multifamily.

Linearr Textures

Linear Texture
While this trend is more commonly seen in some of the modern farmhouse homes, this kitchen by Trumark Homes has a unique take on it. Instead of including a horizontal tile backsplash, this California home includes vertical rectangular tiles for a very interesting look.

Bring Nature Indoors

Into the Wilds
It’s hard to tell where the indoors end and the outdoors begin at the clubhouse at the Resort at Playa Vista. The clubhouse integrates natural materials in its elevation and has plentiful windows. Its design creates a seamless division from indoors and out, especially as the fitness center extends to a covered outdoor track and to a landscaped roof seating area. I have seen this trend in a few custom homes but mostly in commercial office buildings in Atlanta.

Random Tiles Are Back

Return of Random
While Renee highlighted the random pattern trend in flooring, this trend can be seen in great back splashes and accent walls as well. The master bathroom in the model for Miraval has a great seemingly random backsplash. While the tiles are the same shape, the color variation in this Southern California project by Pinnacle Residential makes it seem random. This has been cropping up in new construction in Atlanta for a few years.

Bring the Outdoors In with window walls

Outdoors Is In
With the growing integration of bi-fold or stacking doors between the great room and the backyard, a seamless transition between indoors and out has become much more commonplace in production homes. Some builders are furthering this transition by including the same flooring in the great room as on the patio, along with the bi-fold glass doors. Craft Homes had some fun with this trend with glass garage doors off of the great room in their Artisan Series at Laureate Park in Orlando. The glass and ability to open up an entire wall help to provide that seamless transition to the outdoors. Several trendy restaurants in Atlanta use the roll up garage door for a wall of windows look, but I have not seen them in a residential home yet, however there are examples of wall wide bi-fold and slider doors to open a wall and bring the outdoors in!

Shake Siding and Mixed material Designs

The Shake-Up
This home by Infinity Home Collection highlights an example of how shingled siding is finding its way into modern homes. The home has a cottage lake motif with a distinctly modern edge to it as well as a mix of stone, shingled siding, and vertical groove paneling. Another trend I see in Atlanta, mostly in multifamily condos and apartments.

Contemporary Dormers

The Contemporary Dormer
Dormer windows have long been associated with traditional elevation styles. They are now starting to show up on modern homes. This model has a traditional feel with a modern edge and includes a single dormer window. This style can be seen all around Atlanta.

Modern Arch Design

The Modern Arch
As lines continue to blur between modern and traditional, arches are finding their way into modern homes. Casavia by Pardee Homes in San Diego’s Pacific Highlands Ranch has an outstanding mix of modern Spanish-inspired elevations. I have seen little to none of this trend in Atlanta to date, as we have very few Spanish and Mediterranean homes – we do have some though in both East Cobb and Alpharetta.

Statement Floor Designs

Statement Floors
Statement floors are popping up in more and more homes these days, even beyond the higher-end luxury homes. These dramatic flooring designs can be in foyers or even master bathrooms. A few highlights include Toll Brothers’ Alta Vista in Southern California with a cool, black-and-white zig zag pattern on the tile flooring one of the master baths.

Trends travel faster now due to the internet and especially sites like Pinterest and Houzz. So if you’re passionate about design, and especially if you’re a builder/developer or you work with buyers, sellers, builders, and remodelers like I do, it is more important than ever to stay on top of the latest and greatest trends.

If you’re interested in finding New Construction Homes that incorporate these latest design trends, reach out to me anytime – Robert Whitfield  678-585-9691




Article Ideas and Photos Courtesy Burns Consulting’s DesignLens site