In recent years, the demand for modern architecture and contemporary custom homes has increased dramatically. These styles are ideal for Austin and the surrounding area, as they blend indoor and outdoor living, which allows homeowners to take advantage of waterfront and hillside views. While there are different interpretations of modern architecture, many elements are the same from home to home. So, we’ve put together a helpful guide on building a custom home featuring a modern style. Check it out below!
What to Consider Before Building a Modern Architecture Home
Modern architecture homes tend to be more costly to build than other types of homes. That being said, working with a design-build company can help to keep costs down. This is because a design-build team consists of knowledgeable architects, builders, and other craftsmen who can use their combined experience of construction and design to keep the project on budget.
When it comes to modern architecture, looks can be deceiving. The design appears to be simple, thanks to its clean lines. In reality, modern architecture homes can be quite complex to build. The underlying design usually calls for a lot of structural steel, which helps give the home its shape and achieve the right look.
3. Flat vs. Low Pitch Roofs
Like any other custom home, building a modern architecture home comes with many decisions. One of the choices you’ll need to make in the design stage is the type of roof you’d like your new home to have: a flat roof, low pitch with metal roofing, roof terrace, or green roof. The one you choose often depends on the area in which you live, as well as the desired overall look of the home.
Energy Efficient Elements of a Modern Architecture Home
Energy efficiency has become a must for many homeowners over the years. The home building industry views energy efficiency as an important element for new homes. Many states have established new building codes for all new home construction, requiring the home to achieve a specific energy efficiency score. Luckily, there are many ways to incorporate energy efficiency into a modern architecture home. From windows and doors to appliances and everything in between, choosing sustainable and eco-friendly options not only helps the planet but can reduce utility bills to save money in the long run.
Exterior Elements of a Modern Home
Achieving a modern architecture home starts on the exterior. Many of the materials used on the exterior of the home are strictly for aesthetic appeal rather than as a structural element. But, it’s important that each type of material works in harmony to tie the home design together. Below are some of the materials often used in new construction.
Stucco, stone, brick, concrete masonry blocks (CMU), and concrete all fall under the category of masonry, with stucco being one of the most popular options. A good portion of home builders use James Hardie siding, which is a type of cement board siding know to be low maintenance and long-lasting.
New construction and modern architecture homes rely on various types of panels in the exterior design. Typically, these panels are made of metal. Though metal panels are more costly than other materials, they can add a unique look to the overall design of the home, which is a plus for many homeowners.
Wood is one of the most widely used exterior materials when building a home. It’s generally used as a horizontal design element and complements any wood fencing used around the home.
Tiles have come a long way over the years, and are now fabricated to withstand exterior use. The most common types of tiles used on the exterior of the home are natural stones such as granite, marble, travertine, and slate.
Interior Design Elements of a Modern Architecture Home
Cabinets and Countertops
Cabinetry can really set the tone for a home’s interior design. Most modern homes feature custom-built cabinetry installed by a professional cabinet builder or supplier. For countertops, modern homes feature simple, clean countertop designs. Many homeowners go with quartz over granite, as it is more durable and often has a more streamlined appearance. Other options include wood and concrete countertops.
One of the cool things about new home construction is the ability to incorporate automation and smart technology into the home design. Adding lighting to your home’s automation is an excellent way to take this function to the next level. However, the decision should be made early into the design phase. This is because it can impact the placement of the home’s electrical. In addition to automation, light fixtures are an easy way to enhance the modern look of the home. Opt for recessed rope lighting to create visual effects like a floating ceiling, and use thoughtful landscape and exterior lighting to highlight the exterior architecture.
Stairs and Railings
Stairs and railings can pack a big punch in a modern architecture home—and there are a lot of design options to choose from. Some of our favorites include floating stairs, slab treads, cable railings, and glass railings.
Concrete flooring is extremely popular in modern architecture homes. There are many different variations of a concrete floor. From a simple and natural slab to a stained and polished floor, the final look is entirely up to your preferences. For homeowners that crave a more polished look, tile flooring is always a great option and there are even tiles that mimic concrete.
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