Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Mar 2, 2018 6:54:36 AM
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The real estate market in Oregon is healthy and growing, according to research by Zillow. The top areas for buyers are Portland, Bend, Beaverton, and Hillsboro, however, due to the popularity of these cities, inventory of existing homes can be low. No wonder custom homes are becoming more popular than ever in Oregon.

If you’re in the market for a new home, this year may be the perfect time for you to build custom. Not only will you get to build where you want—without being constrained by availability of pre-built homes—but you’ll also have a chance to incorporate all of the custom home features you’ve always wanted.

Let’s take a look at some of the top trends throughout Oregon for custom home features:

Smart homes

oregon-1.jpgAs technology has become central to nearly every part of our lives, it’s not surprising that homebuyers are clamoring for smart-home systems. This technology allows you remotely control devices such as thermostats, door locks, garage doors, and more, using your smartphone or a web interface.

Smart-home technology adds a new layer of convenience to your home, enabling you to do things like turn on the heat on your way home from work or remotely open the front door for a contractor. Meanwhile, smart thermostats provide the opportunity to save money on heating and cooling costs by only running the system when it’s actually needed.

A gourmet kitchen

This is one of those custom home features that will probably be popular for decades to come. These days, the kitchen is the main gathering place in many homes—especially in those with a flowing, open floor plan—so it’s important to ensure this room is spacious and full of features.  

When people build custom, they really want their kitchens to shine. For most, this means incorporating granite or quartz countertops, spacious cabinetry, and a huge kitchen island that provides plenty of space for meal prep, entertaining, homework, and everything in between.

Another popular feature are pendant lights, which highlight the kitchen island while also illuminating one of the most-used parts of the home. Finally, stainless steel appliances look fantastic, and a double oven is helpful when making use of your entertaining space.

Stand-out exteriors

Oregon homeowners love homes with lots of curb appeal, which is probably why we’re seeing more interest in Craftsman-style homes. For many, a Craftsman exterior feels nostalgic and welcoming. If you’re a fan of this classic style, be sure to look for a builder that offers details such as dormer-style windows, cedar shakes, columns, and front porches.

Luxe laundry rooms

Another trend has homeowners focusing on their laundry rooms, with which just a few custom features can be transformed from depressing to uplifting. Popular custom design options include built-in cabinets, which provide more storage and added counter space, and mud-room style benches, which designate a space for muddy shoes, messy toys, and everything in between.

Bathrooms with creature comforts

oregon-bathroom.jpgBathrooms are another priority for many custom homebuyers. They want a warm, inviting feel—almost like a daily visit to the spa. That’s why we’re seeing growing demand for separate tubs and spacious, walk-in showers.

Buyers also love plenty of counter space, so more are opting for dual sinks with granite or quartz countertops. Finally, oil-rubbed bronze faucets, handles, and towel bars are in high demand, since they help create a warm, contemporary feel.


This year, more buyers are seeking homes that are practical and provide great value for their price. This is particularly true for older generations, who are increasingly drawn to single-story homes and multigenerational living, and Millennials, who are looking to build equity quickly. As you search for a homebuilder, the trick is to find a company that offers a variety of customizable floor plans so you get exactly what you need in a custom home.

Find Your Favorite Features

If you’re considering building a custom home in Oregon, 2018 may be the perfect time. The real estate market is making it a smart time to build custom. But it’s important to find a reliable builder, like Adair Homes, that offers the custom home features you envision for your dream home.

If you’re ready to start planning your custom home and selecting all of its incredible features, contact an Oregon Adair Homes design center today.

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