What is currently hot?!

Whether you are wanting to build a new home or renovate and extend an existing one, knowing what is currently trending in the market will influence both the completed design and the overall house price if you were to sell.

When speaking with clients we often get asked what is currently trendy when building a home and which of these should they incorporate into their design plans? A few will have already taken the time to research this for themselves and have a good idea of a variety of things they would like to integrate and just need an expert opinion.

We decide to try and help out both parties by creating a list of 20 Home Building Ideas to help inspire and inform you about what is hot and what is not.

Living Area

  1. Bifold Doors
  2. Feature Wallpaper
  3. Gas Fireplace
  4. Raked Ceilings
  5. Pitched Roofs & High Ceilings
  6. Ceiling Fans
  7. LED Lighting
  8. Skylights
  9. Modern Doors
  10. Timber Doors

Kitchen Area

  1. Granite Bench Tops


  1. Timber Flooring
  2. Heated Flooring


  1. Bigger Walk in Robes
  2. Bigger Ensuite


  1. Bathroom Niche
  2. Free Standing Baths

Outdoor Area

  1. Alfresco Area
  2. Rendering
  3. Water Tanks

Living Areas

#1. Bifold Doors

Open up the feeling of your entertaining area and bring the outside in by installing nice big glass sliding stacker doors. Great for straight or a joining corner walls and a fantastic way of making your rooms appear larger and in fact creating a larger area.

#2. Feature Wallpaper

Wallpaper is back in! But not just any old wallpaper, trendy wallpaper that can then turned into a feature wall that both compliments the room and wows people that see it. With many new and exciting designs hitting the market each day, you are sure to find something that suits your homes personality.

#3. Gas Fireplaces

Nothing beats lazing around and enjoying an open fire. Heat any modern home with a stylish gas fire place and you have a winning combination that will have you and your family staying in on a Saturday night during the cooler months.

#4. Raked Ceilings

Also known as Cathedral Ceilings, raked ceilings are another design feature that are making a comeback from the 60’s and 70’s in a big way. It will give your home a larger and more expansive look while allowing you to create feature pieces from your ceiling such as exposed beams.

#5. Pitched roofs & High Ceilings

Pitched roofs, while being a little bit more traditional in appearance will compliment most homes. They have the additional advantages over a flat roof of being slopped and therefore won’t have stagnant water pooling on top and if constructed correctly will last much longer. Also don’t forget high ceilings which can create a real sense of space and will be a feature that will attract lots of comments.

Combine these two building ideas for a winning formula!

#6. Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are now trendy! With new technologies and materials available these days, a ceiling fan is a great way of making a room 4 to 5 degrees cooler and also help compliment your poor air conditioning units.

#7. Led Lightings

This is probably not the best kept secret in the whole home building ideas space but LED lighting if very popular. However this isn’t by mistake… LED Lighting is long life, energy efficient and very flexible. This last point allows them to be positioned in the most difficult of areas adding that little bit more wow factor to a room.

#8. Skylights

Would you like to save money and look good doing it at the same time with the added bonus of helping the environment?! Installing a skylight in your home is probably the best way of letting more natural light in which has an array of benefits to your family’s health and living not to mention your back pocket.

#9. Modern Door

Your front door can really make or break the appearance of your home as visitors approach. It is important to purchase a door that is not only stunning but functional and compliments your home as a whole. We find more and more people leaning towards doors with straight lines used in the design compared to curved.

#10. Timber Doors

You may be getting a little bit of a theme with this article in that what was old is now new again… This could not be truer than that of timber doors which are featuring in the most modern of homes as interior designers try to add more earthy tones and features.

Modern Kitchen Ideas


#11. Granite Bench Tops

Granite Bench tops have also been a trend for kitchens and will continue to be so for many more years to come. The elegant look of stone and therefore textures that it provides makes it a real crowd pleasure.

Granite bench tops also have the added advantage of being heat, impact and scratch resistant and if looked after, will last for a long time. The only downside is that it can be a little expensive but as for a quote before discounting it completely.


#12. Timber Flooring

Like granite bench tops, see above, timer flooring is another timeless look that will always be trendy inside of the home. With so many different types of timber flooring and look-a-like products on today’s market, you are sure to find something within your budget and the look and feel that you desire.

#13. Heated floors

Also known as underfloor hearing, this is one of those real nice to have features in a home and something that will raise eyebrows if you ever go to sell. It has many benefits associated with it and is obviously great for those suburbs in the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains that can get quite cold in winter.


#14. Bigger walk in robes

Here is one for all you ladies reading this. If you have the space why not put in the plans a generous sized walk in robe? It can bring envy from your friends and intrigue from potential buyers.

#15. Bigger Ensuite

Again this does come down to the amount of space you have to play with but everyone loves a nice big bathroom and this is no different for the master ensuite. It can make your home feel much more glamorous but more so a place where you can go to get away from it all and relax.

Bathroom Building Ideas


#16. Bathroom Niche

Create additional storage with this very modern feature known as a Niche. This is where a shelf is built into the wall rather than protruding out and this in a bathroom once tiled, looks amazing.

#17. Free Standing Baths

Free standing baths are all the rage at the moment as people try to achieve a glamorous and unique look. Having a free standing bath allows you to be more creative with its location and particular with the way you frame it.

Outdoor Area

#18. Alfresco Area

Entertaining is a favourite past time of a lot of people. Having friends and family around, sitting outside and enjoying a nice BBQ is something that we all look forward to doing. This has seen a trend in lavish alfresco areas being design and develop.

With nice pergolas that are integrated into the building, BBQ’s, kitchens, fans, fireplaces, dining and lounging areas. A nice Alfresco Area will make all of your friends very jealous and your outdoor area, the place to be!

#19. Rendering

This is one of the biggest changes you can make to your home as it changes the whole appearance of your home from the outside. By rendering and painting your building and external walls gives your building a much more sleek and modern look and makes painting much easier.

#20. Water Tanks

One thing that Australia does unfortunately suffer from is drought. Water Tanks play a massive part in maintaining your lawns and gardens while lowering your water usage and therefore saving you money.


So there you have it… 20 Home building trends to make your new home, home renovation or home extension more appealing and up to date with what is currently ‘Trendy’ in the market.

If you would like to speak with us about your home, the ideas that you have and to get a professional opinion, we offer a Free Building Consultation and Estimate. To take advantage of this offer simply fill in the form on the Free Building Consultation and Estimate page with your details and when is best for you or give us a call on (02) 4732 6300.

Thanks for reading,
Shane Caldwell
Eastcoast Building Services