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When planning your custom home design, inspiration is key. Before Designers start a new project, they will often spend some time looking at interesting ideas and styles from around the world.

Now, you can draw on such inspiration too, with this list of our favourite global designs of the moment.   

Our top four global inspirations for your custom home design

 

1. The green machine

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Photo credit: Azure Magazine

Green spaces are the latest hot trend in custom home design. This house is not just entirely off the grid, but it is also designed to appear in harmony with nature, fitting in with the surrounding landscape instead of standing out from it. It was built entirely out of salvaged and local materials, further lowering its environmental footprint.

 

2. An “everything” room

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Photo credit: Dezeen

The idea of an “everything” room is taking off in America and Europe. This space is intended to be comfortable and beautiful, often having the best views in a house. The design is comfortable but not cluttered, allowing the room to be used for reading, working out, or anything and everything else.

 

3. The 3-in-1

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Photo credit: Arch Daily

This home from Costa Rica shows a growing global trend – the split living space. Instead of having one joint area serving family members of all ages, this house has three defined spaces, one geared to adults, one to children, and the last to family. The design elements of the house then cater to each space, with even the roof sloping down in the children’s area and up in the adults’ zone.   

 

4. Everything old is new again

If you are into restoring old or rundown spaces, this is the inspiration for you. The home was essentially destroyed by student renters, allowing the current owners to snap it up at a deal. They then overhauled the place with a modernist custom home design, creating a comfortable yet chic house that is the perfect environment for a growing family.

 

How to incorporate global inspirations into your custom home design

The best way to incorporate your inspirations into your custom home design is to share them with your Designer. Send photos or create a Pinterest or inspiration board. This way, your Designer will have a clear sense of what you are looking for – and will be able to help you incorporate what you like about your inspirations into your custom home design.