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Home Design That Never Goes Out Of Style

Designing a home can be an exciting, but stressful process. Intentionally designing a home that won’t go out of style can be even more so. And without a professional architect at your side or years of experience yourself, there are so many crucial considerations that can easily be missed. Whether you’re building your family’s forever home or just trying to maximize resale value when the time comes to sell, we’ve selected notable experts in the field to provide you with tips and tricks to achieve a timeless home design, both inside and out. So kick back and let these architectural veterans from Miami to Sacramento guide your design process with the most crucial considerations to ensure your home doesn’t go out of style.

Less Is More

In achieving timelessness in the design of a home, we work towards the concept of simple elegance and refer to the work of master craftsmen when designing contemporary and modern projects. Contemporary Japanese Architecture does this beautifully and heavily inspired the leaders of the Arts and Crafts and Craftsmen style in the early 1900s. Simple elegance is achieved in the way materials come together, attention to detail and an atmosphere that delights the senses, creating a connection with the home that endures over time. - Todd Jersey Architecture

Sprawling homes with massive amounts of square footage without function are going by the wayside. Efficient layouts with luxe finishes/lighting are way more luxurious. - Angie Lane, A.Lane Architecture

The best way to design your home that won’t go out of style is to allow the architecture to be simple and straightforward to allow the furnishings to take over as trendy aspects of your home. This way it’s easier to update for trends over time. - 45 Architecture

Choose Your Architect Wisely

When the goal is to design a home that is timeless and that will maximize its resale value the most important decision homeowners would have to make is choosing the right architect for the project. The right architect for the project would be one who has extensive experience working with developers and that understands very well the costs of construction. One that will listen carefully to their clients' needs without imposing their own agenda. - SDH Studio Architecture + Design

Hire an architect, create a good team with a contractor that you get along with. Designing and building a home should be fun and you’re going to spend a lot of time with these people, so make sure you like them and trust them. Rather than telling you what it should look like, they should be listening to you for what you want. - The Schimberg Group

Avoid The Fads And Trends

Nothing says dated like quick trends that will be gone tomorrow. This is hard to pin down but try to use concepts that have been around for a while and have shown they have staying power. Nothing says dated like mansard roofs and bad builder interpretations of the Prairie style that were so prevalent in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s! Subway tile is all the rage right now but will it have the staying power to not look dated in 10 years? It’s hard to tell.

Use your best judgment to decide the direction of your design but if you are unsure if your design will last the test of time consult with an experienced architect that has a tried and true portfolio of designs. Those designs should show that lasting appeal that will last for years and keep your home looking as good in the future as it does the day you moved in! - Architectural Imagineering Studio

Home Design That Never Goes Out Of Style

Prioritize Energy-Efficient Design

A house that never goes out of style is one that utilizes energy-efficient design: windows aligned in a plan to utilize natural ventilation, large overhangs for sun shading, strategic site placement for solar panels/passive heating, etc. Homes that take advantage of these (often ancient) techniques can be any style but the design is timeless because the baseline for energy efficiency is there. - Angie Lane Architecture

We use two strategies to make a home feel more timeless. First, we feel that a well-executed energy upgrade to the envelope of a home will make it less reliant on costly mechanical systems and more resilient to the unpredictability of climate change. Second, all of our projects integrate an interior flow and layout that enhances the connection to the exterior. Providing a well designed exterior space that is a destination while also highlighting the natural environment will never go out of style. - Harka Architecture

Home Design That Never Goes Out Of Style
Casa Bosques is located in Bosques Del Valle,Monterrey. Designed by @fundamenta.mx

Don’t Neglect Function In The Name of Aesthetics

Key aspects of designing a home that won’t go out of style are as much about the function and appeal of interior spaces as it is about exterior architectural style. First and foremost, tall ceilings. Going to a 9’ or 10’ top plate, or utilizing scissor trusses for vaulted ceilings is not a big add to building cost, but it has an impressive effect on spaces. Ample windows and light make a big impact on the quality of spaces and are difficult to add or increase later on. In regards to architectural style, interior and exterior, avoid trendy materials, or when utilized, confine them to select locations so they can easily and cost-effectively be updated when needed. Lastly, a sensible Floor Plan layout is critical. Hire an Architect for this. It seems simple to tick off the boxes of what rooms and sizes you might need, but a good flow takes a lot of things into account, including the placement and orientation on-site, solar direction, site features such as views, wind, proximity to the public (street) or private areas of the site. In designing a home that won’t go out of style, think of any home you have lived in and wanted to remodel, think of the things you most wanted to change, and avoid them. - Jade Architecture

Be Mindful Of The Surrounding Landscape

Above all, timeless architecture has a strong sense of place, which is reflected in its geometry, material usage, historical context, and connection to the surrounding landscape. Meaning, the home seems to belong right where it is and you couldn't imagine it anywhere else. It's thoughtful, intentional, and functionally works now and into the future. It frames views and captures light. Over time, its materials transform and weather, becoming part of the character of the home. It has a sense of permanence and honesty that makes it feel authentic - deepening our appreciation and connection to it time and time again. - Yvonne Riggie Architecture

In terms of surroundings, a house that takes essential design cues and makes connections with the surrounding landscape and environment is also one that will last as the landscape is largely permanent. Great and lasting design references & connects to the greater context outside of itself. - Eisner Design LLC

One theme that runs deep in EYRC Architects’ work, and we believe the key to creating a timeless design, is the connection to the outdoors. Designing a home that embraces and frames its landscape through a symbiotic relationship will help stand the test of time: the outdoors never goes out of style! - Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

Home Design That Never Goes Out Of Style
Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright

A home that connects with nature never goes out of style. Every site is unique. Lake views and panoramic hills are fantastic, but so is a wonderful tree canopy, garden, or rock outcropping. Take advantage of special views and features with strategically placed windows and doors. Not only does it bring in lots of natural light, but seeing green plants and blue sky has a calming effect on your body. I love to create covered porches and patios that invite you outside. Add large glass doors that open up, a big ol’ fan, misting system, infrared heater, and you're all set to enjoy outdoor living all year round. - Architecture by George

When we think of the great timeless designs, what they've got right is that they support enjoyable and comfortable lifestyles in and beyond the home, and improve ease and functionality overall. This can include designing for the movement of the sun, so spaces are light-filled and heated and cooled naturally. It can also include great indoor/outdoor connections so even the smallest of spaces feel expansive as they extend to views and areas beyond the home. When building, mentally rehearse the things you do every day, and design in ways to make those activities more convenient, simpler to achieve and more enjoyable. From where you leave your phone and keys, to how you entertain your friends and family on a weekend, and all the big celebrations and mundane activities in between! That's when a home makes your life better - and that's always timeless. - Undercover Architect

Support The Well Being Of The Indoor Environment

While many architects focus mostly on general structure and aesthetics, JCA believes that integrating sound mechanical design to support the five principles of a well-built home is paramount to the overall comfort, health, and happiness of its clients. If a space is both beautiful visually and mechanically sound — those who live in it will be healthy and comfortable, which translates to the long-term value and health of the home. - J Christopher Architecture

Home Design That Never Goes Out Of Style
home by FIGR

Keep It Modern But Don’t Overdo It

Modern is here to stay, it's what buyers, especially young buyers want. The lifestyle and vibe. Clean lines, floor to ceiling glass, etc. But not minimalism. Minimalism is a niche market. Looks good in photos, but does anyone really live there? - Mark A Silva

Be Forward-Looking

Timeless homes must consider movement. Take the time to consider how rooms that you need today could be repurposed for activities tomorrow and keep in mind that interior walls that are not structural can be removed or modified. - Randall J. Kipp Architecture

Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Natural Lighting

When designing a home, natural lighting should always be assessed, as it can really shape one’s experience in a space. Natural light is a powerful influencer on our well-being, and when it comes through in architecture, art is created. The right orientation of a home can allow natural light the opportunity to create splendor within the volumes of interior spaces. Further, natural light can be transferred through a home with the application of interior windows. - Purple Cherry Architects

Achieve Unity Of Design

A house that flows cohesively from the exterior structure cues down to the smallest interior details will stand the test of time. A purposefully limited palette of 3-4 materials will allow elements and rooms to relate to each other and showcase a scheme of 'total design'. - Trystcraft

Buy It Right, Or Buy It Twice

For timeless design, invest in good windows and don't skimp on crown molding and quality window trim. Choose neutral finishes such as classic white subway tile or Carrara marble in the kitchen and bath, and use paint colors and decor to change up the design through the years without major renovations. When thinking long-term value, consider a first-floor guest space that could be used as a future master bedroom for retiring in place. - Cummings Architecture

Never Accept Artificial Boundaries Between Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design and Landscape design

A strong, timeless, design concept should influence all the disciplines needed to achieve the vision. If your Architect does not or cannot provide design direction to the other disciplines, your house will feel divided. - Hudson Design

Originally published on Redfin , edited by Angie Lane for A.Lane Architecture

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