Have you ever looked at some older homes and stopped and thought, “there’s no way that home was built in THAT year”? How is it that some older houses look so outdated, and some still look brand new and modern? It’s all about having a design that can withstand the test of time and can keep up with the best of them. How can you design your custom home to still be classic down the road? Well, we’re here to tell you!

classic home designEnduring

When you create a timeless design, it needs to be enduring. If you want your home to have a timeless look that always feels fresh and relevant, then seek out designs, styles, and colors that are “classic” and have been created to last. Neutral color selections never go out of style. If you don’t think that you will enjoy the design in 10 years, then most likely no one else will either.

Classic Design

Take a look back at the styles that have endured the last decade. Craftsman, Cape Cod, and Colonial Revival are the three most quintessential American styles that will keep their relevance and will always be in demand. The models in our newest community Hawthorn Trails Phase 3 are a creative mix of all three styles and exude classic American living. Lots of natural resources such as wood floors, granite, and stone are all materials that hold their value and weight in the most classic homes.

Don’t Follow the Fads

Having a timeless design means not getting sucked into the current craze. This can be particularly tough – especially when we’re bombarded with images of the “latest and greatest” in design! Classic looks are not usually unconventional or lavish but simple, and sophisticated. There are ways to get the best of both worlds, however. Keep the bones of the house classic and spice it up with funky pieces of furniture and decorations.

functional home designMake It Functional

Ensuring classic design inside your home also involves taking a step back and thinking about the intended use of each room. Once you have this in mind, the design of the room needs to accentuate that functionality. Place furniture with purpose and think about the logical placement of things. For example, if your room is set up with an obvious wall for a bed, say centered between two windows, then the logical place to hang a TV would be the wall opposite. Functionality really makes a difference in the buyer’s perception of the home if/when you go to sell.


Creating a timeless and classic home does not have to be a ton of work, and you definitely don’t need to skimp on style. Neutral colors that accentuate colorful accent pieces, functional and logically designed rooms, and natural resources, will help make sure your home’s style is here to stay.

If you are looking to design your new timeless home, call us today at (847) 796-6477, or visit our website, and see how we can bring your custom dream home to life.

We want to know your thoughts! What do you think is the number one characteristic that makes a home’s style timeless and classic?