Abbott | Reed Custom Homes: 2019 Lighting Trends


Here at Abbott | Reed Custom Homes, our San Luis Obispo Custom home builders are on top of all things trending in interior design. Our passion is crafting luxurious modern spaces that are uniquely yours. If you’re starting from scratch, here are our homebuilder’s top picks for modern fixtures that will bring light to your custom home vision.

Geometric Chandeliers

Sharp lines and complex patterns—geometric shapes like prisms can give any room contemporary appeal. They are a more casual approach to traditional chandeliers, especially paired with warm LED lighting.

Wicker Pendants

Wicker fixtures are on the rise, and for good reason. They give spaces an artisan touch, and are natural complements to boho and minimalist spaces. 

Sculptural Lighting

Just like a piece of artwork, the lighting in your home can make a statement about your style and taste. Picking unique sculptural fixtures that you are inherently drawn to is what makes a room authentically yours—not to mention the gorgeous shadows they cast.

Refined Retro

Retro is back, but with an edge. Unlike warehouse styles of the past, modern retro pieces are composed of sleeker materials and and more varied tones. Look for pieces with these finer details. 

Architect Floor Lamps

Oversized architecture lamps and other table styles give a fun, playful vibe to living rooms. They are also great additions to office and work spaces, with adjustable features and dimming options.

Do your summer plans include a custom home? You’re in the right place. Here at Abbott | Reed Custom Homes, our San Luis Obispo custom homebuilders are here to make your dream home, simply your home. Whether your vision is modern minimalist or elegant grandeur, our expertise and a close working relationship will light up the picture in your mind.

Reach out to one of our friendly custom home builders today.

Abbott | Reed Custom Homes: Luxury Lofts and Game Rooms

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At Abbott | Reed, our passion is building yours. From renovating your space to starting from the ground up, our custom home builders have the expertise to execute any project. We pride ourselves on staying on top of trends, and finding ways to craft modern spaces that are uniquely yours. Our San Luis Obispo builders are here today to lay down the basics on a trending custom home feature: luxury lofts and game rooms. Regardless of whether you want to create a modern man-cave or simply a space to sit and relax, these are four key things to keep in mind while dreaming up your perfect loft.


Because of the open floor plan of lofts, it is important to keep the space well-lit. Oftentimes ceilings are quite high, but this gives you the opportunity to be creative with fixtures. Pendant lamps can be a key touch to a game room, especially over a pool table, while string lights and modern chandeliers give a unique visual appeal to a quiet reading room.


Furniture, particularly the positioning of it, is a challenging aspect of designing a loft. These rooms are best kept spacious, and less is more when it comes to keeping the integrity of lofts. If your loft has brick or concrete walls, particularly exposed walls, materials such as a blend of glass, chrome, steel, and wood will fit best. For a modern-man cave, moldings, columns, upholstered furniture and some antiques create a contemporary pool hall feel.


Storage presents another challenge to loft design. Whether you choose to minimize or not, it is important to consider where miscellaneous items will go because a loft is open and lacks many corners and closed rooms. This way, the room won’t seem cluttered or clumsy. Consider furniture pieces that can also function as storage, like trunks which can function as coffee tables.


A really competitive round of ping-pong in your game room may call for celebration, except when it keeps others from sleeping. Furthermore, a quiet moment in your loft reading room could easily be disturbed by the clanking of pans downstairs in the kitchen. When crafting your loft, it is important to incorporate noise reduction in the design. There are many ways to accomplish this, and our San Luis Obispo custom home builders would be happy to help you out.

Know that at Abbott | Reed, our team has what it takes to build a house you can truly call home. Give one of our friendly builders a call today at 805-316-5046, and check out other custom homes we have built here in San Luis Obispo.

Abbott | Reed Custom Homes: Luxury Home Styles

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When dreaming up your new home in San Luis Obispo, know that luxury doesn’t always have to mean mid-century modern. Luxury features can be incorporated into almost any home style, so you can be creative when selecting a space that is true to you. Our custom home builders are here today to lay down six compelling luxury architecture styles, all of which can be perfectly shaped into your own unique space.

Ranch Home

The ranch home is one of the most common styles found here on the Central Coast. Typically one story, this style embraces a free and open floor plan that embodies the cheap land and sprawling suburbs of the 1950s. They are often rectangular or L-shaped, and rooms feature many windows and views of the outdoors. Modern ranch homes are on the rise, and allow for easy renovations or additions.

English Cottage

For those into a classical and striking look, the English Cottage style might be the perfect fit. Cottages are generally 1-2 stories, with asymmetrical faces with overscaled chimneys, and decorative bricks. Closed entryways and rounded doors are common, and rooms are cozy, unusual, and feature built in features like kitchen seating or storage spaces.

Cape Cod Home

The classic Cape Cod style is typically seen in smaller homes, and incorporates a symmetrical facade. They have little ornamentation and frills, and are characterized by cedar shingles or clapboard. They are usually 1.5 stories, and feature a chimney, shingles, and a formal, center-hall floor plan. If you are drawn to charming, intimate and cozy styles, the Cape Cod home may be the fit for you.

Craftsman (or Bungalow)

The craftsman home was originally inspired by Asian elements, and features natural materials and symmetrical design. Handcrafted stone and wood are used as decor, and roofs are often low-pitched with gables. This style first appeared in California around the 1920s, and is ideal for those wanting a simplistic, yet elegant design.

Pueblo Revival

Pueblo Revival homes are influenced by one of the oldest and most ingenious forms of architecture, created by the Pueblo tribes of North America. This style was reinvigorated throughout Arizona and New Mexico, and exalts a smooth and geometric design, with simple landscaping and heavy use of earthy materials. Traditionally these homes were built with sun-dried mud, but now are built with concrete, stucco, or mortar. Roofs are flat, and feature grandiose wooden doors and internal beams. These homes are ideal in locations with extreme summer heat, and are naturally insulatory and protected from the elements.

Spanish Style

Drawing from many elements similar to adobe style homes, Spanish style incorporates adobe, stucco, or concrete facades. The exterior is smooth, with iron features and red tile roofs. Exteriors are often painted white, and have interior courtyards with small gardens and fountains. Spanish style is ideal for larger homes and families seeking a traditional elegance with earthy features.

The beauty of building your own home is that you have total control over every aspect of the design, so you can draw from various styles to create a space that is perfect for you. At Abbott | Reed, we pride ourselves on innovation and communication. Whether it’s helping you realize your dream of a Spanish style subterranean wine cellar or helping to pick the perfect plumbing fixtures, our passion is building yours. Get in touch with one of our San Luis Obispo luxury home builders a call today at 805-316-5046.


Abbott | Reed Custom Homes: Eco-Friendly Features for Luxury Homes

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There is no doubt that in 2019, green is in. More and more custom homes are being built with sustainable features, but is it possible to build a home that is eco-friendly and luxurious? Absolutely. Our San Luis Obispo custom home builders are on top of all things trending in custom home design, and are sharing four ways to make a luxury home environmentally friendly, and chic too.

Sustainable Features

When customizing your home, taking the time to understand where your materials come from and making mindful choices is a surefire way to make your space more sustainable. An example of this is when choosing flooring. There are plenty of options that can help you maintain the aesthetic you want, while still being eco-friendly. Stone flooring is a green option that is not only stunning, but also has a much lower impact than rare wood and artificial materials. You can also use recycled wood and materials, which cuts out on wasteful production. To reduce the carbon footprint of today’s construction demands, many contractors are seeking out local resources that are abundant to meet design challenges.

Locally-sourced Details

Although exotic imports like furniture and art can add an alluring feel to your home, they are often wasteful in the resources used to ship internationally. Details that are purchased locally give an authentic regional feel to your home, and give you the opportunity to meet the person who created them. When it comes to adding those special touches to your space, check out the local artists and producers in your area before you order something from far away.

Energy-efficient Appliances

When it comes to scaling down the environmental impact of your home, opting for efficient appliances is a simple way to go green. Some of the biggest energy-wasters in a home are the appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, and dryers. Switching to green alternatives is a worthwhile investment not only for the planet, but also for your pocket book. Many of the newest amenities on the market are required to be eco-friendly due to growing regulations, so outfitting your luxury home with sophisticated amenities is easier than ever.

Vegetable Gardens & Orchards

Nothing is more green than gardens, fruit trees, and a farm-to-table lifestyle. Outlining your custom home with trees and plants is not only beautiful and customizable, but also extremely sustainable. Gardening promotes healthy soil, creates microenvironments, and fresh ingredients for your salad. This reduces your carbon footprint by limiting the amount of vegetables you source from far away, and the extra oxygen created can help minimize the carbon footprint you create in your home. Lush backyards are always sexy and sustainable.

At Abbott | Reed Custom Homes, we specialize in creating spaces that fit all your your needs and interests, without compromise. Whether you’re looking to build your own eco-friendly haven, or simply want to add greener touches to your space, know that we’ll tailor every detail to your liking–it’s the only way we know to build a home that is uniquely yours. Get in touch with one of our luxury home builders today.

Abbott | Reed Custom Homes: Luxury Master Suite Inspiration

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For centuries, the owner of a residence has escaped to their master bedroom for luxury and privacy. This was their restful sanctuary, a space where they could soak in their own personal aesthetic without interruption. This is the space not only for relaxation after a long day, but also for daydreaming and important conversations with loved ones.

Today’s master bedroom does not stray far from this theme, and custom homebuilders have taken leisure into the 21st century with modern amenities that turn private bedrooms into luxury lounges. The master bedroom is more than just a place to rest; it is a personally appointed escape built around your own tastes and interests. When building a custom home, consider adding these three classic touches to enhance your master suite.

Canopy Beds

Four-poster and canopied beds create a secret hideaway, and give the room a warm and cozy Victorian feel. While four-poster beds have connecting beams at the top, canopy beds add cascading fabric. These draping fabrics can be thick to hold in heat and to provide privacy, or they can be sheer to add a touch of elegance to the bedframe. Modern canopy beds come in every style ranging from rustic to ornate, and even minimalist.

Chaise Lounges

When you have a master bed to lie on, sitting rooms in bedrooms can seem unnecessary. However, if you have a full house with kids, a place to sit and read is a quiet luxury. Chaise lounges are incredibly comfortable and functional. Their smooth wavelike shape is a satisfying and aesthetically pleasing touch to a spacious room. They can be situated at the end of your bed in place of a bench, or alongside a bright window or bookshelf.

Private Bar

A private bar (or a morning bar) is a sophisticated and useful amenity to any master bedroom. They can range from a single mini fridge and counter space, to a full alcove that contains a fridge, sink, a microwave and coffeemaker. A private bar gives a space an inviting feel, and is ideal for upstairs bedrooms when the kitchen is further away.

Few pleasures in life are as comforting as your own bed. Our bedrooms are host to some of our most intimate pastimes and self-care rituals, and they are worthy of extra thought and investment. They are one of the only spaces in a home where personal aesthetic can outweigh functionality—the master bedroom is your chance to embrace the lavish and create the suite of your dreams. Here at Abbott | Reed, we will support you every step of the way as you embark on building your custom dream home and perfect master bedroom. Learn more about who we are, and get some inspo from the houses we’ve built. Feel free to reach out online or over the phone at 1-805-543-7277.

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Abbott | 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 Abbott | 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 Abbott | 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.