Which Architectural Style Is the Best Fit for Your Custom Home Design?

Building a custom home is an exciting opportunity to bring your vision for your dream home to life. However, before diving into the custom home design process, it’s important to consider which architectural style will best suit your needs. 

With such a wide range of options available, it can be difficult to choose a favorite style for your custom home. For most Southern California homeowners, however, there are three main styles that remain popular and ever-timeless.


The modern home style incorporates clean lines and minimalistic design details. Often with a flat roof, smooth stucco and a blend of organic materials on the exterior, modern homes focus on functionality and open, spacious floor plans. There’s an emphasis on natural light, with floor-to-ceiling windows being very common, and the use of industrial materials such as concrete, glass, and steel. 

Modern styles are ideal for anyone who appreciates a “less is more” approach to design. With many sharp edges and minimal clutter, modern homes may seem less family-friendly than other styles, but can still be customized to suit homes with small children. Modern homes are especially perfect for Southern California neighborhoods, as they complement both natural and urban surroundings.


California’s Mediterranean climate is the perfect complement to Mediterranean home styles. Known for their focus on indoor-outdoor living, Mediterranean homes are based on the architecture of abodes in Spain, Italy, and other Mediterranean countries, where the warm weather necessitates having a flow of cool air through the home. 

Mediterranean homes notably have asymmetrical layouts with many archways and some exposed wood beams. Despite the asymmetrical layout, Mediterranean styles typically have an open floor plan that flows from space to space, including from indoors to out. Similar to Spanish-style homes, Mediterranean homes have tiled roofs and stucco exterior finishes in lighter earth tones and lucious landscaping.


The Spanish home style is similar to the Mediterranean style but with a combination of European, Mexican, and Native American influences. Typically white or cream stucco exterior and red tiled roofs, Spanish homes tend to be only one or two stories. They also feature wrought iron in railings and light fixtures, decorative, colorful tiles throughout, and wood like outlookers and beams.

Doors and windows are smaller than those found in modern or Mediterranean styles, however, as they are modeled after Mexican and South American building styles that focus on keeping hot air out rather than encouraging breezes to pass through the home.

There are hundreds of architectural design styles to choose from when creating a custom home, so the possibilities are endless. At C&C Partners, we understand the process of home renovation and new home construction, which is why we work closely alongside you from concept to completion, guaranteeing a seamless process that results in a one-of-a-kind design/build experience. 

Since 1987, we’ve committed to an unwavering standard of excellence and top-tier client satisfaction that has helped us stand above the rest and remain Southern California’s premier luxury design/build firm. If you want to experience the C&C Partners difference for yourself, contact us online or give us a call at 310-322-0803 today.