Modern homes are popping up in some unlikely places across the U.S. and Canada, and are proving that “modern” doesn’t necessarily translate to “cold” or “sterile”. Interesting, unique, stand-out details are better ways to describe the best modern homes today. Clean lines and sleek materials are being “warmed” by wood accents and lots of glass in the form of varying window heights and design-savvy entry door inserts, allowing a modern home to become a glowing art statement at night when the lights come on.
Modern home design has truly embraced the concept of mixed materials, like the wood meets concrete meets stone and metal that make up the exterior of this stunning modern mountain home. It’s a far cry from a classic log cabin, yet it blends beautiful with its environment!
Geometry Plus Softer Design Elements
Modern homes still have that edgy geometric vibe, but it’s often tempered by surprises like the asymmetrical roof lines on this stunning home in Calgary.
Color is another way designers of modern homes are avoiding a sterile look. When it’s used in small doses — such as it is on the front door of this contemporary home — you can feel free to go make the color bold and saturated.
Classic home designs can be re-imagined to become 21st-century classics, a point that’s exemplified by the “modern farmhouse trend”. Even modest ranch-style homes are taking moving away from their mid-century roots to take on a modern vibe these days. Some of the ways architects and builders are accomplishing this feat is through the use of mixed materials, and varying roof lines, as demonstrated by this modern “ranch house” beauty.
Modern Barn Doors
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You don’t necessarily think of a barn door as a modern design element, but the fact is, they’ve become just that, and are showing up all around the home — in contemporary kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms. Far from being rustic, they add an unexpected contemporary detail that works beautifully in today’s modern home. From solid to mainly glass designs, so-called “barn doors” are rapidly moving out of the “trendy” category and into the realm of modern classics.
A metal roof is the perfect crowning touch on a magnificent modern home, but its also a practical one. Metal roofs, though pricier than an average shingled roof, can last a lifetime — an important fact that should be considered when building or updating any home. Metal roofs are also versatile in that they’re available in a variety of colors (e.g. a brightly colored metal roof can make an interesting modern roof line stand out even more). Copper, albeit an extra-expensive form of metal roofing, not only lasts for many decades, but gets better with age as it develops a weathered patina.
Glass Door Inserts and Statement-Making High-Quality Door Hardware
Details count. Glass door inserts can be a design element in and of themselves, as well as admitting extra light into a dark entry hall. You can also opt for translucent or “frosted” inserts to achieve more light yet maintain privacy.
Another important detail in modern home design is door hardware. Again — not something that should be an afterthought, since your front door is seen be virtually everyone visiting your home — and even by those who just happen to be passing by.
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