Planning a new home build for the summer? This is the perfect time to begin thinking about trends that you would like to incorporate into your home.

Read on to learn more about how Elite Custom Builders (ECB) can build you a custom home with your wants and needs and these 2018 design trends.


Custom homes give the customer the opportunity to completely customize their home by:

  • Designing the layout
  • Deciding the size of the house
  • The number of bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Choosing light fixtures
  • Building a finished basement
  • Number of garages


In a good housing market, home sales and prices tend to rise together. Currently, the median home value in West Virginia is $114,926. West Virginia home values have gone up 0.7% over the past year. Although income taxes are slightly above average here, property taxes tend to be low, and there is a lot of housing availability.

While there is a lot of housing availability, homes need to be renovated. There is a downside to purchasing a home that is already built and lived in. There are a lot of older homes in West Virginia, they tend to give more headaches for the buyer because of unforeseen renovations that usually occur. These can include the outdated electrical wiring, leaks in the roof and homes that aren’t up to code.

If you’re building a new, custom home, you can guarantee that your home will be built up to code and you will have the ability to incorporate some of your favorite trends throughout your home such as in your kitchen and bathroom.


The kitchen tends to be the heart of the home. You want to make this space open and inviting. We can build you a home with these new trends.

Keep it Bright

No one wants to feel trapped in a dark kitchen, but without natural light, you will feel like this every evening. With a well placed layout, there is plenty of room to work in windows to give your kitchen fresh, natural lighting and still have enough space for all of your appliances.

To read more on how to chase the light, read our in-depth blog here.

Copper and Brass

Grey and earth-colored tones are very popular right now for homeowners that want a neutral kitchen look. Today, neutral is not boring. Give your kitchen class by adding accessories and appliances that incorporate copper or brass finishes.

Whether it is brass drawer handles or a copper stove hood, your kitchen will pop!

Tuxedo Trend

This new kitchen trend is a black and white kitchen with modern finishes. This trends calls for all black appliances, countertops and accessories.

Often times a tuxedo kitchen will include white on top (cabinetry) and black (appliances) on the bottom with hardwood floors. This will make your kitchen feel bigger and stand out.

White cabinets will make your kitchen look clean and sophisticated and contrast the black appliances. It is also a good idea to possibly add a glass cabinet door to break up the white.

Pop of Color

Color can do amazing things to your kitchen. Add your favorite color to the hardest-working room in the house. Reds and yellows are becoming popular in kitchens because they are relaxing. Try adding a yellow backsplash or painting the outside of your island to make it stand out. A red wall with white cabinets is a classic look that will not go out of style.


Homeowners want something that will draw in their guests attention, and that focal point is tile. The new trend is experimenting with various tile patterns for a backsplash. You can mix up several different patterns together, add color or mix patterned tile with solid-colored tiles. Keep in mind that tile will have repeats, so it is important to lay out your design ahead of time so the end result looks balanced.


You are going to spend time in your bathroom everyday. Do not let a bad layout get in your way. From bold colors to material tips, we can build you a bathroom with these trends.

Free-Standing Tubs

Free-standing tubs are very trendy, whether it is a modern soaking tub or a vintage claw-foot, they are both unique. These types of tubs are for those who want to enjoy a bath.

These tubs make a statement, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to customize.

Bold Colors

Add bright and colorful walls or cabinets to your bathroom. Bold tones, with gold fittings will make your bathroom a focal point of your new home.

Matte Finishes

Matte finishes look good with other natural materials like stone or wood. Matte finishes can be used anywhere in a bathroom. Matte black paint will make a bold statement in a small space, such as a bathroom.

Hexagonal matte black flooring pairs nicely with dark wood or incorporating a big black matte faucet will make a statement in any bathroom.

Bring the Outside Inside

bringing the outdoors inside

No matter what season, use plants inside your house, as well as in your bathroom. Many plants will thrive in a warm room, and it will add soothing greenery to your bathroom to create a spa-like feel.

The best plants to use in the bathroom are Aloe Vera, Bamboo, Orchids and Boston Ferns.


Monochrome can give your bathroom a dramatic feel, or it can create a soothing space. It can be as simple as white walls with a few key black pieces.

This simple style can incorporate black and white tile on the floor and walls or white mirrors.


An open floor plan is also known as a great room, which combines the kitchen, living room and dining room in one shared space.

These floor plans usually work best in homes with less square footage. A home with an open floor plan can feel spacious and airy.

Add coziness to your open floor plan by adding color, texture and lighting to transform the room into a relaxing retreat.

  • Color: Add color to an open floor plan to make it feel more intimate.
    • Textures: Incorporate a variety of textures in your furniture to give your open floor plan a comfy, inviting feel.
  • Lighting: Adding a variety of lighting to a room with an open floor plan can give a cozy illumination.

Elite Custom Builders | Custom Home Builders | Bridgeport, WV | Surrounding Areas

At Elite Custom Builders, we can build you a custom home that incorporates trends you like.

Elite Custom Builders has more than 70 years of experience in West Virginia. We always expect the best from our team, take pride in our work and have the experience to take your project from a vision to reality.

Elite Custom Builders will build you the custom house that you always dreamed of. We will take into account the square footage you need when building your house. If you want a bigger kitchen but a smaller living room, we can make this happen. At Elite Custom Builders, we will work with you to make sure you get the house you have always wanted.

We serve the following areas:

  • Morgantown
  • Fairmont
  • Cheat Lake
  • Clarksburg
  • Bridgeport
  • Weston
  • Elkins
  • Davis
  • Preston county
  • Wheeling
  • Pittsburgh, Pa. area

Gathering inspiration for your potential custom home project and aren’t sure if what you want will fit within your home? Schedule an appointment with us to talk about building you a custom home with these trends.

Book now to talk about your summer project