Northwest Harris County is undergoing unprecedented residential expansion. This begs the question: What kinds of homes are being built? While many new homes are relatively traditional in nature, designed to suit a large variety of tastes, there are definitely some major trends in architecture emerging. Here’s a quick look.
Spanish Mission Styling is Prominent
In many of the most popular communities in the area, Spanish Mission style homes make up a large percentage of properties. These homes share a few common traits, particularly the iconic clay tile roofing. Stucco exteriors are also common and the homes themselves are generally artfully designed to have interesting roof lines and multiple levels featuring balconies and of course, lots of windows to let in natural sunlight.
Ranch with a Contemporary Flair
Ranch homes are typically single level homes, long and low. However, in northwest Harris County and communities like Cypress, these homes are being built with a more contemporary spin. It is quite common to see that same long and low design, but converted into a split-level interior or sometimes even with a smaller second story, thus preserving the more traditional ranch aesthetic while giving homeowners a bit more space.
Other contemporary influences in these modified ranch homes include modern exterior detailing such as stone accents in the siding and large windows, the larger the better, particularly in great rooms and dining areas.
Contemporary Homes are Catching On
True contemporary homes are an emerging trend, with each new contemporary unlike the last. The contemporaries being built in northwest Houston suburbs right now tend to share a few common features. These homes are generally boxy in appearance, with roofing that is either flat or that features a low angle. Most modern homes make excellent use of natural sunlight through massive windows but Houston’s contemporary homes tend to go above and beyond, often featuring entire walls of windows, floor to ceiling.
Inside, these homes try to keep the floor plan as open as possible, which means that the kitchen, living and dining spaces are often combined. In a two-story contemporary home, it is not unusual to find great rooms with vaulted ceilings and upper floor balconies that look down into the great room.
What About Amenities?
When it comes to interior amenities, windows, of course, feature prominently — the more energy efficient, the better, which means that builders are relying on specialized window coatings and other technologies to keep the heat of the sun outside where it belongs. Other high-demand amenities include:
- Open floor plans, particularly floor plans that eliminate dining rooms, media rooms and other “unnecessary” spaces in favor of one large communal space.
- Home technology is a must, especially whole-home Wi-Fi and preinstalled Wi-Fi enabled devices.
- Modern homeowners love a diverse mix of building materials — stone accent walls, reclaimed wood, ceramic tile backsplashes and other accents that add character to the home’s interior.
These trends are all very likely to stick around for the foreseeable future because each reflects the tastes and needs of a new generation of homeowners. By and large, today’s homeowner is looking for a home that not only features a lot of character but also allows them to enjoy a connected lifestyle, whether that connection is to technology, the outdoors or to everyone gathered in a common area.