Transitional Home Design Is IN Right Now

The rapid emergence of transitional home design might possibly be one of the best things to come out of 2022.

With what we all experienced in the last couple of years, the need to hold onto what “felt like home” merged with a desire for something new. People want elevated simplicity and logical design schemes. With this exciting new transitional home design trend, homeowners and builders alike are realizing that you CAN have your cake and eat it, too. Not sure what we mean? Explore how traditional and contemporary sensibilities come together below!


In the White Lily design, there are three roof lines in play: gable, shed, and even bonnet. Large grid windows, the vertical lines of board and batten siding, horizontally oriented brick, and capstone headers all do their part to provide modern flair without compromising the dominant features of the beloved modern farmhouse style.

a chic transitional home design with a gorgeous cathedral great room


The Berkshire design has a traditional shape but brings jaw-dropping windows front and center like a contemporary home would. These windows bring in tons of natural light and add great “wow factor” for curb appeal. They also bring in views of the greenery and landscaping outside, framing surroundings like artwork. Also notice the unique window frames, chic divided lites, and transoms over the garage doors—all about light and stylish definition. You’ll see that walls of windows are hot in homes of all styles right now!

a stunning transitional home design with huge windows in the staircase


Fear not—homeowners aren’t ready to give up their open floor plans! But sometimes you need more private space. Perhaps an office to work from home, or a study area for the kids? Transitional home design intentionally closes some space for better focus.

You’ll also notice that features you already know and love are changing. Master suites continue to get more luxurious and spa-like with features like 5-piece baths and pass-through laundry rooms in the master closet. First floor in-law suites are gaining traction as well! Take a look at the Federer design to see a well-balanced home for today’s families.

a large transitional home design with suites for all


The Rosco plan shows another creative way to separate spaces. It defines the family room with a sunken floor a few steps down from the main living areas. This helps create intimacy and boundaries without compartmentalization. Sunken rooms provide warmth and break up the openness of the main level.

a transitional home design with a sunken family room

With the endless possibilities of intermixing styles, every one of these transitional homes stands out. Even though they use similar materials and fixtures! It’s safe to say that the transitional home design era is just getting started. You really can have the best of both worlds!

If you’re interested in having one of these stylish homes, take a look at our collection of transitional house plans. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any help choosing the right fit!

Christine Cooney
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Christine has over a decade of experience as a house plan and floor plan expert. Outside of providing her expertise to customers to help them find and build their dream homes, her passion and knowledge of the home building industry allows Christine to guide families and builders through all of the important steps from finding plans to building custom homes that meet the expectations of today’s new home owner. Christine’s years of knowledge of the diverse trends and needs of the modern homeowner has made her into an authoritative and trusted voice in the online house plan community.

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