TRENDING HOMEBUILDING STYLES & MATERIALS
When it comes to learning about trending materials and styles, who better to ask than the builders? Each one shared which texture combos and elements they’ve been admiring lately, and ones that stand the test of time.
Rex Winslow, Construct: We are a commercial general contractor, as well as a custom residential builder. We like to combine the best of both worlds. It’s fun combining steel, wood, big timbers, masonry, glass and concrete along with finer finishes. Some of these materials or products that are made from them don’t always work well together. For this reason, means and methods are very important during planning and building. By the end of the project, making them all transition together is crucial in making a building feel like a home.
Jason Bekebrede, Monticello Custom Homes & Remodeling: We’ve done a wide assortment of styles and design combinations over the last 15 years. We’ve done a lot of the shiplap over the last handful of years, and the very bold pattern tile as well. I think the one style that I have gotten into the least but would really like to get the opportunity to work with is Modern. I’ve done a lot of transitional and Modern Farmhouse, but we haven’t done just a true modern nearly as much. There are so many parts of the Modern style that are influenced by how you build it. For some details, you have to start planning for them at rough framings, such as flush baseboards and trim-less doors.
Gary Herman, Herman Custom Critical Homes: Home styles usually dictate the materials we use, but we suggest exterior products that require low maintenance. These may cost a little more now but are worth it when you won’t have to repaint or replace them in the coming years. We prefer to use fiber cement siding, real stone, brick and heavy gauge aluminum on siding, soffit and fascia for exteriors and use real woods inside. When homeowners request a modern look utilizing flat roofs, Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) membranes are used for roofing. We’ve recently used it as a decking underlayment for a homeowner wishing to walk out onto their flat roof.
Brett Godfrey, Built by Brett: I have enjoyed our local market’s willingness to accept a more transitional or modern motif. Mixing traditional materials with modern elements is visually rewarding but can be very challenging in its execution. Some examples include metal roofing paired with architectural shingle, angle iron and heavy steel I-beams in conjunction with brick and wood. These are exterior examples of unexpected design elements that make a statement. Large-format porcelain tile is a relatively new medium for interior use that is very challenging to work with, but worth the effort.