Sophisticated contemporary house plan designs offer soaring ceilings, flexible, open floor space, minimalist decorative elements, and extensive use of modern or "industrial" mixed materials throughout the home, like concrete, vinyl, and glass. Big windows and/or large indoor-outdoor living spaces are also common. Contemporary/Modern house plan 484-12, in which the main living area opens almost entirely to the central courtyard, is a perfect example of this strong engagement with the outdoors. Shed (also called slanted, geometric, or unusual) rooflines are also common, such as in house plan 132-563. Asymmetric massing, as seen in house blueprint 48-661, is another typical feature of a contemporary/modern home plan.
Ultimately, contemporary or modern house plans are a stripped down, sleek, and elegant departure from traditional architecture and have been a favorite style in architect-designed homes since the mid-century modern house plans of the 1950s. Furthermore, contemporary/modern home plans are a gateway to the green building/sustainable design movement. Just think--unusual rooflines can accommodate solar panels, while an abundance of windows and/or indoor-outdoor living areas can play into passive heating and cooling strategies. What’s more, contemporary/modern home plans—by definition--may take advantage of the latest technology, which includes recycled and sustainable materials. Contemporary/modern house plans are all about taking what was and making it new, better and cooler. Their timeless simplicity, and often chic, quirky look, works well for both families and individuals who want to make a clean break from the past and embrace pure modern style.
Note: Some house plans in this collection may not immediately look modern, but don’t be too quick to judge. If you see a plan in this collection that—from the exterior—looks very Craftsman or Farmhouse or even Colonial—check out the floor plans. Architectural styles often overlap. For example, a house plan may have a farmhouse look and feel but present modern amenities, like an open floor plan or luxury master suite.