If you’re building a new home, you want it to look, well, new. The last thing you want is for it to be filled with design choices from decades past. Of course, styles can change quickly, and it’s not always easy to keep up with what’s in and what’s not.

Here are some once popular home features you likely won’t see in new houses.

Excessive Carpet

In the right room, carpet can be great. It’s soft, comfortable, textured, and chosen wisely, it can perfectly accent your space. But gone are the days where carpet dominates the floors (and occasionally walls) of virtually every room in the house.


It’s likely because carpet doesn’t age well. It goes out of style. It stains. It wears. It tears. For what it costs, carpet doesn’t always get you very far. That’s why many opt for hardwood floors and accent rugs. Hardwood floors, from stained wood to stone, are timeless in aesthetic.

They’re also easier to clean and maintain.

Carpet is great in bedroom or family room. Just place it wisely.


For decades, beige was the dominate “neutral” color to paint your interior walls and ceilings. If you weren’t bold enough for deep or vibrant colors, but you wanted something softer than white, you went with beige.

Today, however, beige simply looks dated. With the right tone, you may still get away with it, but many are opting for soft greys or subtle off-whites for their neutral tones.

Built in TV Cabinets

The arrival of home theatres brought with it the rise of entertainment centers and cabinets with built-in spots for TVs. This offered a way to incorporate your boxy tube TV and speakers into the design of your room.

The problem was, if you were updating your TV, you had to make sure it could still fit in the previous space. Also, the cabinets took up a lot of space.

Today, built in cabinetry for your TV is largely unnecessary. Both TVs and speaker systems are much, much thinner these days, not to mention more stylish, allowing you to easily blend them into your room without taking up excess space.

The popular choice is to simply mount them on your wall, leaving your floor space open.

Designing the Home You Want

The truth is, when it comes to a custom design home, you can have it built however you want. What matters most is that it meets your needs and matches your vision. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a guiding hand along the way.

That’s where we come in.

At Astelier Fine Homes, we build custom designed homes that our clients love. We work hand in hand with you during the design and build process, making sure you understand what’s happening so that the finished home exceeds your expectations.

Want our professional opinion on something? We’ll gladly give it. But at the end of the day, we leave the final decisions in your hands. If you’re ready to build a house in the Dayton, Ohio area, contact us today.