Contemporary House Plans

The Ins & Outs of Contemporary Home Design

Why contemporary house plans are rising in popularity.

Interest in contemporary home design is on the rise:

  • 2011 – 10%
  • 2012 – 23%

Percentage of architects reporting an increase.

Contemporary or Modern?

While both styles focus on simplicity and clean lines, they orignated at different times:

  • Modern: 1920s – 1970s
  • Contemporary: 1970s – Present

What Makes a Contemporary Home?

Non-traditional Rooms

Contemporary house plans focus on livability, with unique spaces designed to meet homeowners’ needs.

Most popular special-function rooms:

  • Home office
  • Mud room
  • Outdoor Living Space
  • Media / Home Theater
  • Au pair / in-law suite
  • Interior Greenhouse
  • Other

Heart of the Home

Many contemporary home designs emphasize the kitchen as the center of the home.

Top requested kitchen features:

  • Computer work / recharging area
  • Integration with family space
  • Recycling station
  • Adaptability / universal design
  • Pantry Space

What’s on the Outside?

Homeowners are increasingly requesting

Front / Side Porch

  • Contemporary Style
  • Simpler Detailing
  • Single-story homes

Natural, eco-friendly (often local) building materials

Clean lines and geometric shapes

Deep, overhanging roof. With simplified construction often flat or shed.

Clerestory windows and extensive use of natural light. Located above eye level, clerestory windows: Add natural light, allow for passive ventilation, add solar heat gain.

Deep, overhanging roof. With simplified construction often flat or shed.

South-facing roof planes for solar system.

Strong indoor-outdoor connection.

Efficient HVAC and plumbing systems.

Open Floor Plan – in L, T, H or U shape to embrace outdoor space.

Flexible layout to adopt changing needs.

Contemporary House Plans



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