Trends in Custom Home Building, Part 1

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While a house’s function never changes (designed to give you shelter from the elements and provide warmth in the winter), its design elements change to keep up with not only consumer demand, but our lifestyle as well.

Throughout most of human history, people lived simply, with little more than four walls, a roof, one room, and a stove and/or fireplace for warmth. However, as modern society has evolved into primarily a service-based economy with a comfortable lifestyle, so too has the need for housing that matches that new lifestyle.

UrbanLUX Builders in San Antonio is a local custom home builder that offers amazing custom homes to suit your tastes. We also offer custom remodels if you are looking to stay in your current home. We have several amazing communities spread throughout San Antonio. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at current trends in the custom home building industry that you may see or may want in a future home. Contact us today to get started!


Environmentally Conscious Designs

With the growing realization that every thing you do has an impact on what others do around the world, the demand for environmentally-friendly home construction materials and methods has grown. So much has this demand grown, that custom home builders who don’t offer these options risk losing potential customers. Some of the ways home buyers seeking custom home builders to reduce their carbon footprint include:

  • Energy efficient appliances and fixtures, including faucets, toilets, and washer and dryer
  • Well-designed building envelopes that minimize leaks
  • A top-performing HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) system that reduces the use and cost of energy
  • Window to wall ratio of 30% or less. Windows tend to be the weakest link in terms of energy wasted. This is because glass conducts heat fairly well, meaning heat easily escapes through the glass window pane. With less window surface area, you will lose less heat, and thus you will save on energy consumption.
  • Recycled building materials. A decade ago, no one would have asked what building materials were being used in a new custom home construction project. Now, consumers  are well-aware that there are many recycled materials, such as recycled drywall, low-or no-VOC (volatile organic compounds, which can cause health problems), and reused concrete and are demanding these products be incorporated into their new custom home build.
  • Alternative energy sources. Expect to see an increase in the number of solar panels on people’s homes as more home buyers seek greener fuels.

In the next decade, you can expect to see the terms “passive house,” “net-zero home,” and “high-performance building” to describe the best in environmentally-friendly homes. 

Smart Home Designs

Technology is king in many people’s lives, and truth be told, it would be extremely hard for many of us to go back in time to when no one has a cell phone, a personal computer, or a computer in their car. Now that we have gotten used to how technology can make our lives easier, many of us crave more of it.

In custom homes in San Antonio for 2020, you can expect to see more command centers set up. A command center in your home is the place where your car keys and wallet are placed, your cell phone and iPad chargers reside, and where all of the important communication and to-do items are stored. More often, these command centers are centrally-located. This used to be the place in your home where your desktop computer sat and your bills were paid. Now, with fewer people owning a desktop computer, this center has moved to the hallway, mud room, or some other spot close to where you enter and leave your home. Peppered with charging stations and places to hide cords, a place for Siri to sit and packages to be placed, and a mini-whiteboard of sorts that often is an iPad with the day’s happenings scrolling on it, these command centers are quickly being incorporated into all new homes and custom homes.

Increase in Dens

Dens were popular years ago as a place in your home where you can escape to in order to get work done, read a book, or pursue solo activities otherwise. While similar to a library, a den has more versatile usage than just a place to read and store books. Many people are converting their extra rooms or their dens into “Zen dens,” or places of relaxation, meditation, and other self-study. Dens are still a quiet place to escape to, but they have just been repurposed to match the growing trends in self-awareness and self-help.

Thus, what this means for custom home builders is that there will be an increase in demand for more spaces with a purpose in mind, including smaller rooms that can be cordoned off to be away from kids, the TV, and other loud noises.


UrbanLUX Builders, a luxury home builder in the San Antonio area, prides itself in offering exactly what the home buyer wants in a home. From living in a country-setting at The Canyons at Scenic Loop to indulging in our gorgeous modern and open floor plans, such as the Modern Farmhouse, we have what you are looking for in a home for the next decade. Our communities cater to different needs so you can find what you are looking for in one of them. For instance, Monteola just outside of San Antonio offers homes with between five and seven acres for your romping pleasure, while our custom homes in our Woodridge community are close to all of the amenities. We invite you to stop by one of our amazing communities and see for yourself what the hype is all about. And when you partner with us, you’ll have an unparalleled home that you can be proud of and will suit your needs well into the next decade.

UrbanLUX Builders adheres to the highest standards in construction technology. Our reputation at the top local custom home builder in San Antonio speaks for itself. Contact us today to get started!

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