Contemporary Style Homes
Listing information last updated on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 4:22 AM.
About The Contemporary Home Style
Though the term contemporary refers specifically to architect designed homes built from about 1950 to 1970, the term describes a wide range of houses built in recent decades that still remain popular even today.
Asymmetrical structures, large expansive windows characterize contemporary design. People are drawn to them by their open and simplistic nature, making them an especially popular choice for events like the Atlanta parade of homes - an annual showcase where builders exhibit their work during public home tours.
Though they reached their peak in the 1970s, the style seems to be making a comeback in many areas of Atlanta, especially intown. We're starting to see more and more contemporary homes randomly popping up in transitional areas and neighborhoods near the Beltline; though many of them are quite expensive.
Common Characteristics Of The Contemporary House
- Irregular, asymmetrical façade
- Strong geometric shapes
- Distinctive roof lines, sometimes flat
- Wide eve overhang
- Large, tall windows with minimal trim
- One or two stories
- Exteriors with a mix of materials, such as wood, brick, rock, siding, and stucco
- Sustainable, eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo flooring and granite countertops
- Extensive use of natural light
- Void of ornamentation and unnecessary detail
- Garage placement at the front of the home
- Open floor plan in L, T, H, or U shape to embrace the outdoor space
More About Contemporary Homes
Though some of the original contemporary designed homes were very pricey due to having to hire expensive architects and designers, they can now be found and built less expensively with better planning and design. A wide range of house plans are availble for purchase online. With countless designs and concepts to choose from, these blueprints can often be modified to suit an individual's needs. Of coarse, if you're looking for something truly unique, don't expect it to come cheap.
Contemporary home design reflects today’s lifestyles, with open floor plans, areas designed to flow into one another, and the inclusion of multi-use spaces, such as great or family rooms. The flexible layout is ideal for a family’s changing needs. You’re sure to acquire a property that is unique - a home that will flow along with you.
Simplicity is the most important design aspect of contemporary homes. Though they’re simple, the abundant light and windows result in warm, inviting spaces that connect with the outdoors. Since they’re very open and minimalist, storage can be a concern in the contemporary design. These houses do not typically have attics, since the roof is flat, so a common place for storage is under the stairs.