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7 Architectural Features to Inspire Your 2021 Custom Home


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One of the many benefits of building a custom home in 2021 is that you don’t have to settle for standard features and finishes found in a pre-owned home. Creating a home that’s unique is exactly what makes a custom home so special!

There are many different architectural features to consider in your custom home design, all of which will be with you for years to come, so it’s important that you get it right.

We’ve compiled a list of seven of our favourite architectural features to inspire your new custom home, some of which focus on maximising your investment, while others are geared towards creating a truly personal and original space. Keep reading to find out more.


Vaulted ceilings are known by a number of names – cathedral, raked and arched ceilings to mention a few. Vaulted ceilings are cherished reminders of the past, with a grand allure that still manages to draw eyes in modern spaces.

Incorporating vaulted ceilings into your home design is not only a great way to make use of otherwise wasted attic space, but will add a sense of grandeur and spaciousness to a room.  They’ll also allow for natural light to enter and bounce around your home.


You’re probably familiar with the latest home design trend of creating indoor-outdoor living spaces using large folding or sliding door systems. This feature has always been around but has gained traction and increased in popularity within the past few years.

Using a bi-fold door to blur the line between indoor and outdoor spaces results in an extension of the living space to the outdoors, which creates extra living space and provides and open, airy floor plan that many homeowners desire.


When it comes to architectural features, an arch never goes out of style. From Moroccan-inspired doorways with carved notches to sweeping arched passageways with smooth, clean edges, an arch goes a long way in elevating a room’s aesthetic.

While modern architecture has found other means of support, namely concrete, steel and glass, the arch remains a widely used and instantly recognisable form with which to shape a structure.


A bay window is the combination of three or more windows that angle out beyond the exterior wall. Since the window protrudes outside the wall, you can enjoy an extended view and even additional seating space.

Bay windows provide many benefits to a home in both practical and visual terms. A common feature in traditional and heritage houses, their architectural flare creates unique spaces that act as a beautiful focal point in a room. They also increase floor space and create a wide-angle view that optimises outdoor visibility.


Adding a skylight is a great way to freely admit sunlight into your home and distribute it evenly, reducing the need to rely on artificial light. Skylights provide more than three times as much light as a vertical window of the same size and also allow heat from the sun inside, reducing your need for artificial heating in the area.

Skylights come in many shapes and sizes, meaning you can choose one that reflects your personal taste and home style.


Architecturally, an indoor courtyard in your custom home makes perfect sense. Not only does it give you a private outdoor space, which is secure and usable throughout the day, but with its natural ventilation, an indoor courtyard helps the house stay appropriately warm or cool without the need for heaters and air conditioners.

Indoor courtyards provide an aesthetic means of spending time with nature in the midst of a busy schedule, and the best part is that courtyards work with any style of home – modern or traditional.


If you’re planning on building a two-storey custom home, it’s important to consider a safe, sturdy and beautifully-crafted staircase into your design.

While some homeowners prefer a standard design, others appreciate the look and feel of a floating staircase, which is purposefully designed to minimise or hide the supporting structure. Floating staircases are undeniably beautiful, and they also provide other benefits that many homeowners take for granted, including additional storage space.


Are you thinking about building an architecturally design custom home? Get in touch with the expert team at Edina Building Group today.

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