Current design trends

Classical / period design never really goes out of fashion


Contemporary cutting edge design has become quite popular in the last 10 years or so



A popular request from clients is to design a home which successfully blends modern and traditional

We still have many clients looking for a traditional, timeless design to harmonise with local buildings


Our Materials Manager Dan examines the popularity of modern masonry construction

Head of Design Beverley looks at current trends in house design

Hello I’m Beverley Pemberton, Head of Design at Design & Materials.

When I’m designing a bespoke home for new clients my objective is to marry together all the relevant factors; the clients’ aspirations and pattern of living, the plot, the planning criteria, surrounding buildings and last but not least the budget. So as you would expect every project is unique to each individual client. However that’s not to say there aren’t trends and fashions in house design. For the last 20 years or more it’s virtually been a pre-requisite to include an open plan kitchen / living area as the hub of family life which has virtually eliminated separate dining rooms from all but very large dwellings.

Contemporary style homes have become quite popular particularly in the last 5 – 10 years. Classical styles like Georgian and Rectory never really go out of fashion and seem to be growing in popularity again, often with a modern twist. Traditional vernacular designs (as seen in many towns and villages) will always have their place as many planning situations call for a harmonious design proposal. If I was pushed to say what the most popular current design trend is it would be a design that successfully blends modern with traditional.

Beverley Pemberton
Head of Design