modern house design

What are the characteristics of modern house design?

A popular choice for new home builders, modern house design is a style characterised by specific features. Taking the best from the past and fusing it together with modern technology, modern homes are becoming increasingly user-friendly. Here are 5 characteristics of modern house design to help you decide if it’s the right approach for your new build.


1. Open floor plans

Open floor plans - Modern House Design

Modern house designs are big on open floor plans. Open floor plans emphasise sprawling space with minimal use of walls to enclose sections of the house. This doesn’t mean everything is connected but, for example, the living, lounge and kitchen area may be connected or feature slight transitions (such as different flooring heights or lighting) that define each space without closing them off. The open floor plan is a key feature in modern house design and often something that builders and architects design around.

2. Steel, concrete and glass

Steel, concrete and glass - Modern House Design

Modern house designs feature striking materials such as glass, steel and concrete over the more common brick and wood. Natural lighting is encouraged through large (often floor to ceiling) windows. The combination creates an almost industrial look that has minimalist undertones.

3. Progressive

Progressive - Modern House Design

Modern houses are often quite progressive and forward-thinking in their design. This includes the overall look, the carefully thought-out living spaces and environmentally friendly features that reduce energy consumption and global footprint. Modern houses may push the boundaries of what might be considered possible in design and is always looking to try new and different approaches.

4. Connected outdoor spaces

Connected Outdoor Spaces - Modern House Design

Another key feature of the modern designed house is the way the outdoor space is both connected and integrated to indoor spaces. Indoor spaces often open up entirely making the outdoor entertaining areas part of the home—or vice versa. The overall look and feel is one of spaciousness that invites nature into the home.

5. Flat roofing

Flat Roofing - Modern House Design

While most roofing has a slight slope to encourage draining, modern house design minimises this slope to present with a flat or low-pitch look. This kind of roofing gives the home a sleek aesthetic that appeals to the modern home owner. Not without its cons, flat or low-pitched roofing has come a long way in recent times. Take a look at some of the most common materials used here.

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