Do you remember your grandparent’s home? It’s unlikely they had an ensuite or butler’s pantry, but you might remember the stuffy formal dining room only used at Christmas and the Hills Hoist and lemon tree in the middle of the backyard.

The way we live has changed, and so too has the design of the latest homes being built. If you’re in the market for a new build home during 2018, here are the top 5 trends you can expect.


1. Spaces get flexible

Families want to spend time together, but sometimes need their own space too. The latest homes do both – with generous open plan kitchen, dining and living spaces that promote family interaction. You’ll also find cosier spaces, which can be used in a range of ways, and can flex as your family as it changes. These spaces can be children’s playrooms, teenager’s studies, home offices or cinema rooms.

The Kensington by Adelaide Designer Homes offers open plan family living, as well as additional flexible family spaces.


2. Facades are customised

Builders no longer only offer a standard façade for their homes, which means plenty of choice. Just as you have a wide range of choices for your finishes within the home, you can also create a unique exterior. Timber, brick and cladding are increasingly being used together, colours are getting braver, and front doors are getting bigger and more bespoke.

Scott Salisbury is one builder offering a range of unique façade options.


3. Kitchen storage gets even better

While they don’t come with an actual butler, the butler’s pantry is an increasingly popular feature in many new build homes. Practically brilliant, it de-clutters the kitchen by giving a defined space for food, blenders, juicers and general kitchen mess. Some even have space for a wine fridge or second sink. In addition, vast bench space and integrated storage will deliver kitchens that are both stunning and practical.

The Meridian 17 by Oakford Homes features a spacious butler’s walk in pantry.


4. Materials get tactile

The materials in modern homes keep getting more stylish. Think bathroom basins reminiscent of a boutique hotel or kitchen tiles that wouldn’t look out of place in a Manhattan bar. The materials have also widened, with a swathe of new timbers, tiles and textures designed to add personality and accentuate the design of the home.

Touches of luxury and beautiful materials are a feature of this stylish Metricon bathroom.


5. Rooms get outdoors

While some people yearn for a big backyard, others prefer a little courtyard. The common factor is that everyone wants outdoor entertaining space, and modern homes are now delivering outdoor space better than ever. New homes blend indoor and outdoor living spaces, with many now featuring structural outdoor rooms. Perfect for the hot Hills summer and cold Hills winter, these covered spaces are great for eating and relaxing with friends and family.

The Santorini by Coral Homes seamlessly blends the indoor and outdoor living spaces.


Looking for inspiration

If you’re looking for more inspiration, the best two options are to jump online and or see for yourself.


There are a lot of great websites out there, including and They have some great tips, articles and videos about design, trends and new builds.


The Springlake display village in Mount Barker offers a stunning collection of quality, award winning new homes. It showcases homes from both local and national builders, including designs from Scott Salisbury, Metricon, Coral Homes, Oakford Homes and Adelaide Designer Homes. The Springlake display village is open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sundays and public holidays at 2 Red Gum Crescent, Mount Barker, SA, 5251.