When you think about architecture in the Westlake area, you’re probably thinking about size first and foremost. And while it’s true that many of these homes are roomier than the average house, that’s not the only thing that makes them so unique. New Westlake custom home building trends are creative, innovative and downright stunning—check them out below.
One of the most popular new Westlake architectural trends is the French Baroque style, as seen in this Buckeye Trail property in West Lake Hills. The Baroque era was set during the reign of Louis XIV, and—as with most architectural periods throughout history—it was a reflection of the social and economic context of that time.
That meant the Baroque era was influenced by the monarchy, and so this period of architecture and design honored the royalty and opulence of the king and his court. Homes during this time were marked by elaborate ornamentation—with every corner of a room filled with paintings and sculptures—as well as heavy cornices and flamboyant woodwork. That height of luxury is reflected in the pictured Westlake home, with its domed hallways, painted cupolas, horse hair crown moldings and carved mantels with gold leafing. Homes in this style are perfect for entertaining, just as in a king’s court.
That’s not a seaside home on the turquoise waters of Crete, that’s actually the Westlake area of Austin! We can’t blame you for thinking that this stunning abode is a Mediterranean retreat. After all, that’s exactly what the homeowners were going for, and it’s sparked a trend for more of these villa-style homes in Westlake. With its Roman columns, poolside pergola and arched doorways, the Mediterranean style mimics a coastal resort getaway with features such as sprawling, symmetrical façades, stucco exteriors, tile roofs and European-style gardens. With a Mediterranean-style home in Westlake, you’ll have vacation-worthy views every day.
The green construction trend isn’t always something you’ll notice when driving by a home, but it sure is becoming more and more popular for Westlake residents. This Waterfront Avenue property was built for homeowners who wanted a more sustainable way of living. The walls were constructed with insulated concrete form (ICF) block—an extremely durable and insulated foundation that makes homes increasingly airtight, well-insulated and energy efficient. What’s more, the ICF block was punctuated by a geothermal cooling system that uses Lake Travis for the heat exchanger. Talk about going green!
Other hallmarks of green construction include rainwater collection systems, solar- and wind-powered energy, and sustainable building materials such as Thermasteel or structural insulated panels.
This Watersmark neighborhood property showcases the craftsman-style home that’s making a big splash in the Westlake area. There’s something so cozy about the exposed beams in warm-hued wood. The stone walls and fireplace infuse the interior with a sense of nature, and just make it feel like home.
Westlake homeowners are big fans of this artisanal sense of construction, but they’re also making room for luxury appliances for a sense of balance. The professional kitchen pictured is a perfect example. With its sleek appliances and ample counter space, it really makes this space feel like a homestead for the present day. Other elements of the craftsman style include double-hung windows and partially paned doors, as well as built-in cabinetry and large fireplaces, often with built-ins on either side.
Here at Mangum Builders, we’re your dedicated partner for custom home building in Westlake, no matter what design style suits you best. Contact us today, and let’s get started collaborating on a custom space that brings your your unique vision to life.