Robbins|Reed Custom Homes: 7 Ways Millennials Are Influencing Luxury Home Design

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Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1999) number over 83 million in the United States and their impact on building a custom home increasingly makes waves. Millennials care deeply about the environment and their homes reflect their values from investing in solar panels to growing their own food. Today the team at Robbins|Reed Custom Homes is sharing seven ways Millennials are influencing custom home design trends.

1. Smart Technology

Integrated smart-technology is here and Millennials are all about it. Wi-Fi-connected technology now includes everything from security and smoke detectors to lighting and heating options and entertainment with smart speakers and TVs. The convenience of smart technology matters to Millennials and that includes plenty of outlets and sleek built-in charging stations.

2. Green Living

Millennial homebuyers want and expect renewable energy resources and sustainable building materials. That’s why more homebuyers are choosing responsible options such as Energy Star appliances, non-toxic paint, and LEED-compliant fixtures in their homes.

3. Minimalist Vibes

Millennials prefer functionality and minimalistic design over clutter. Simply put, they want to keep it simple with homes that don’t require high upkeep costs and a team of people to maintain. In general, that means homes are smaller and designed to be more multi-functional than sprawling suburban meccas of the past. Concern with energy use and cost savings factor in too.

4. Open Floor Plans

This generation does not want to be boxed in and appreciates an open floor plan for more flexible living. Rooms and furniture designed for multi-purposes are popular for this very reason. Open kitchens are popular places to entertain, and Millennials are more interested in luxury kitchen gadgets than previous generations before them.

5. Bold Appliances

Many Millennials enjoy making a statement to reflect their personality, and that extends to home appliances. Whether it’s a cobalt stove, bright vintage refrigerator, or pastel washer and dryer – younger homebuyers are saying no to stainless steel in favor of more colorful home appliances.

6. Clean Tile

If you look on any Millennials’ Pinterest board, Subway tiles are likely to pop up. This trend has dominated the market for some time now, most commonly as a kitchen backsplash and in minimalist bathrooms.

7. Natural Materials and Features

Millennials typically favor a natural color palette, minimalist pieces, and reclaimed wood in their homes. This is a generation that appreciates bringing the outdoors in with plenty of green plants and edible gardens.

Millennials are increasingly influencing custom home design from their demand for sustainable building materials to smart technology integration. Stylish, easy living is all about flexibility, and that’s what modern custom homebuyers are asking for.

Here at Robbins|Reed we understand that there’s a difference between building a place you call home and a place you simply come home to. The key to defining that difference is you. Unlocking it takes a custom homebuilder who understands that compromise is never part of the equation. When you’re ready to make your dream of a custom home a reality, count on us to be there every step of the way. Our friendly team is available at (805) 543-7277.

A Look Back: 2018 in Custom Home Decor Trends

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Whether you’re ready to design your new home or simply seeking to update a room in your current house, our luxury homebuilders are counting down a list of top custom home design trends from the past year.


From eye-catching tile in the kitchen to stunning entryway flooring, pattern provided an unexpected element of interest to luxurious custom homes across the continent this year. Homeowners are choosing patterns as a creative way to add visual curiosity to a room. Often, patterns (particularly flooring) can be cause for guests to stop in their tracks to take notice.

Colorful Appliances

While stainless steel is still here to stay, more custom homeowners are choosing to incorporate an inviting splash of color into their living space with bright washers, dryers, or stoves.

Spa-inspired Bathrooms

Elevating spacious bathrooms to more spa-inspired retreats was (and is) an in-demand trend for sophisticated custom homes. From luxurious built-in amenities like saunas and heated floors to decorative space for living plants, spa-inspired bathrooms can serve as an oasis away from it all.

Wabi Sabi

Not to be mistaken for wasabi…Wabi Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that honors the beauty in imperfection, especially among handcrafted items like pottery. This trend is often found by displaying items on open shelving in the kitchen

Multigenerational Design

More custom homeowners are designing with accommodating extended family in mind. From adding spacious bedrooms with private living areas to adding a second kitchen, custom home design can make it easier to meet diverse needs.

Do your New Year resolutions include a custom home? You’re in the right place. Here at Robbins|Reed Custom Homes, our San Luis Obispo custom homebuilders are here to make your dream home simply your home. Whether your vision is ornate grandeur or elegant simplicity, our expertise and a close working relationship will frame the picture in your mind.

Custom Homes: Consider This Before Building A Beach Home

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Robbins|Reed Custom Homes have crafted breathtaking custom homes across California’s Central Coast.

Our home team is deeply committed to seeing your vision brought to life, whether you want outdoor living space to entertain, ample storage for paddleboards and kayak, or room to grow a new generation of the family.

If you’re considering building your dream home or vacation property beachside, be sure to keep the following four factors in mind:


While stunning panoramic views are absolutely important, there are other aspects to factor in when it comes to location from wind exposure and flood zones to strict coastal safety requirements. If you’re in the market to invest in seaside property, Robbins|Reed Custom Homes is available to help guide you from the ground up from navigating complex coastal management regulations to local ordinances, HOAs, and the permitting process.


Seaside living can inspire practical touches like an outdoor shower or outdoor kitchen for frequent entertaining. It also means we need to think about building material ideal for withstanding strong winds and saltwater. From glowing fire pits to luxurious spa bathrooms and beyond, we’ll ensure your home is designed for seaside living on your own terms.


Regardless of square footage, we have the expertise to provide flexible, environmentally sound energy options that add up to long-term savings. An energy efficient design has the power to impact the comfort level of your home, and reduce your utility bills. From innovative insulation systems to energy efficient home appliances and more, our expert San Luis Obispo custom home builders will help make your custom home as energy efficient as possible.


Planning decades into the future can provide real peace of mind. Looking ahead, what do you see? Here at Robbins|Reed Custom Homes, your vision is valued. Is caring for aging family members part of your big picture plan? How about kid-friendly space for visiting grandkids? Generational planning can be important to consider when building your ideal beachfront custom home.

There’s a difference between building a place you call home and a place you simply come home to. Contact Robbins|Reed Custom Homes at (805) 543-7277 today.


Convenient Custom Home Features to Consider

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If you’re considering a custom home here in San Luis Obispo, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options and features available. The personalized features and special amenities are truly endless. What it comes down to is prioritizing the features that are important to you and will make a positive impact on your daily life. No matter what you decide to dream up, here at Robbins|Reed Custom Homes, we’ll make it happen.

Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular luxury custom home trends here on California’s Central Coast.

Built-in communications infrastructure

Innovative whole-home cabling and wiring systems are increasingly in demand. This technology not only supports modern entertainment and sound systems, but home office functionality and communications throughout the property.

Increase electrical outlets

Today there are more devices than ever to charge on the daily. Knowing that, it’s a smart idea to pan ahead by adding more electrical outlets throughout your home in convenient or hidden locations.

Focus on natural lighting

Your San Luis Obispo custom home design will benefit from paying thoughtful attention to natural light. Natural light adds an inviting element to any home, making it feel especially spacious and airy. Skylights, windows, and glass doors are only a few of the ways to optimize natural light in your custom home.

Consider extra storage

Even the most streamlined and minimalist homeowners can benefit from the option of extra storage. Make the most of the space you have with modern solutions like under stair storage and built-in shelves, or even secret rooms to increase storage capacity.

Add refrigerator(s)

All too often, one refrigerator is simply not enough, especially if you and your family frequently entertain. Owning a dedicated beverage refrigerator is a simple and effective way to free up more storage in your kitchen.

There’s a difference between building a place you call home and a place you simply come home to. The key to defining that difference is you. Ultimately your vision is what makes your custom home come to life. When you need answers, know that our Central Coast custom home team is available to you every step of the way from planning and design to building and beyond. Contact Robbins|Reed Custom Homes online or by calling 805-543-7277 today.


Robbins|Reed Raises Over $2,700 for Breast Cancer Research


It’s party time.

We’re celebrating the collective efforts of our kick-ass team. That’s right, together Robbins|Reed raised $2,786 for breast cancer awareness and research. It’s an important cause we care deeply about, which is why we’re stoked to have exceeded our fundraising goal by nearly $800. Eight of us participated in the walk itself and had an awesome time doing it. To every client, friend, and community member who contributed to the cause, we thank you.


Walk With Us to Beat Breast Cancer


Each year we find an opportunity to take off our hard hats and do our part to build awareness of men’s and women’s health issues. This year, in support of the American Cancer Society, we are participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of San Luis Obispo, and we invite you to join us!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of San Luis Obispo
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Registration: 7:00AM | Walk: 8:00AM
504 Madonna Road
Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo

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We are also selling commemorative Robbins|Reed t-shirts for $10 to honor the event and promote Breast Cancer Awareness. Women’s and men’s sizes are available. Please email with the size you would like. All proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society.


Robbins|Reed Custom Homes: 4 Tips for Designing Your Custom Home

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Details and decisions. The custom home building process is all about them, from considering the future needs of your family, to the style and functionality to best complement your lifestyle. And budget. And timeline. Ultimately, the success of any custom home project directly relates to the degree and detail of planning you and your team pours into the project before groundbreaking even begins. In that spirit, we’re sharing 4 essential tips for creating your custom home:

1. Plan Ahead

Let’s go back to the future. You want to build a home that will continue to grow with you over the years. Consider how your family might grow, your ability to care for aging parents, or home office functionality. Define your most important priorities with a list. At Robbins|Reed, our highly organized custom home builders is happy to keep track of your goals as we go.

2. Make the Most of Your Property

Maximize every advantage your land has to offer from opportunities to soak up natural light to taking advantage of sweeping scenic views and more.

3. Get the Most Out of Your Budget

Compromise has no business setting foot in your dream home; our value-minded process will find the building solutions that get the most out of your budget.

4. Hire A Dependable and Experienced Home Builder

Our experienced Custom Homes team is prepared to guide you through the custom home building process, ensuring the process goes smoothly every step of the way.

Here at Robbins|Reed Custom Homes, our passion is building yours. We’re ready to see your new home through from the floorplan to the fixtures. Playing a design-build role, we’ll work with you to draft the perfect custom home design. And with a network of trusted partners, every piece of your home will be crafted with the greatest of care and quality, as though it were our own.

Scope out a few of the custom homes we’ve built across the Central Coast community and learn more. Our home team is available to answer your questions online, or at 1-805-543-7277.