As the days grow longer and the weather warms up after a long, cold winter, swarms of home owners decide to take on new home projects. As such, summer is certainly a peak season for many contractors. With warmer months just around the corner, we decided to share some of the 2017 architectural trends that will help you gear up for your next big build.


For the past few years, brick has been making a strong return to the architectural scene, and there are two main reasons for that. The first is that exposed brick calls back to the brick homes of the past. Brickwork provides a sense of kinship to past generations. With brickwork, you have a small piece of an American tradition, in much the same way that timber framing is reminiscent of the German countryside. 

The other reason for brickwork’s popularity is that it adds a rich texture to almost any space. The various colors, glazes, and cuts of brick now available make it possible to find the right style to fit with any design. Brick’s newfound diversity also allows it to be used as a strong accent for interiors, exteriors, or anywhere.

Floor-to-ceiling Window

If your next build is looking for something a little more modern than brick, another trend that seems to be rising in residential design is the floor-to-ceiling window. A window this large allows the sunlight to pour into a room, creating a truly natural environment. 

Lounging on a couch with an unfettered view of a beautiful backyard would certainly be relaxing, but it is important to remember that choosing this design means fighting to keep it clean. When your whole wall becomes a window, smudges, and water stains will become more glaringly obvious than before.

Black Facades

In Utah, especially, many homes are painted with light, earthy colors.  This causes any house that breaks that pattern to pop out as different. So, nothing could be more different than a trend that started popping up in 2016—black facades. 

Many people may shy away from the idea of a black house, but when done right, the dark color appears clean and highlights the shape of the house.  Additionally, the dark coloring allows a home to blend into the surrounding scenery.

Rustic Contemporary Kitchens

For years, kitchens were loaded with chrome and glass as if people were in a race to design the future. While many kitchen appliances will still use those materials, many people are moving towards a more rustic kitchen design. This combination of modern technology stuffed into a rustic-looking room is proving to be a winning design, one that will surely gain more and more traction in the years to come.

What trends have you seen recently?  What building trends do you hope will come back?  Let us know in the comment section below!