Contemporary Floor Plans

Sure to be a Standout

Contemporary homes cover a wide variety of building types and are usually an asymmetrical form with geometric lines. These homes have been built since the 1950’s and were a break from traditional styles such as Colonial, Greek Revival and Neoclassical homes that had been the foundation of American architecture. Adventurous homeowners will be drawn to this style, as their homes will surely stand out from the crowd.

Contemporary homes are usually one story and built on a wide lot so that the façade is the primary emphasis. Rooflines are often flat or with a gable that is off-center and with a low pitch. There is usually minimal decorative detailing, with interest provided by the unique geometry and window placement. Various combinations of wood, brick and stone are used for exterior cladding, sometimes with wood siding placed in a vertical orientation for a more contemporary look.

The floor plan of contemporary homes is almost always open, with a large great room adjacent to the kitchen and dining area. As these homes are typically one story, the bedrooms are situated at one side of the home for privacy. A large expanse of windows is usually present throughout the house, but especially in the living areas and on the front façade. A wide variety of windows may be used, but often they are either long horizontal panes or vertically oriented windows that sometimes reach to the roofline. Often fireplaces are a great focal point, and are clad in thin, horizontal stonework or painted brick that adds interest and texture to the interior.

This type of home is well suited to a sloping lot so it maintains the low, horizontal orientation of a one story home with the benefit of a lower level, only visible from the rear. With a wide lot, there will be plenty of space for an extended patio and outdoor living. Site Contemporary homes on a wide lot so the full emphasis of the interesting exterior can be seen from the street; they are sure to be a standout in the neighborhood.

Similar Styles: Modern, A-Frame, Postmodern, Shed, Split Level, Ranch.

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