By Alexandra Jacobs
Modern home designs are most often seen in upscale communities, resorts or urban locations like Manhattan, Los Angeles, Miami, etc. The actual home design will vary based on the architecture favored in the immediate vicinity. Often homes will be a mixture of the modern aesthetic and local style. These are sometimes called transitional homes.
The features of a modern home tend to be clean lines, simple materials, a strong orientation toward the view. The interiors of a modern home have an open plan that is used to create large rooms. Usually the home will be focused outward toward a view. This is amplified by the installation of window walls and the ability to open the home to the landscape through large mobile glass doors.
Because part of the modern aesthetic is the orientation toward the view, you will find many modern homes are elevated or perched on hillsides. Often the engineering of the house is part of its appeal and it is common to see stilts, piers, and massive steel girders supporting the house so that the view can be maximized. This type of focus tends to make the construction of modern style homes more expensive than other styles.
In urban locations the modern style is created using the same geometric exterior shapes, the extensive use of glass and commercial construction materials. The clean simplicity of modern style pairs well with the fast pace of city living and often modern features are simply considered updated amenities in better buildings. It is common to use flat roofs as garden space or entertainment decks and for buildings to offer common areas that are sleek, expensive and elegant.
City living is expensive and this translates into high square footage prices. When your home looks and feels like it has more than enough space, this becomes a luxury statement. Because your work environment is likely to be crowded and busy, the empty simple lines of your modern style home becomes a refuge and retreat. This is one of the reasons the modern style home is so popular in city environments, if you have the space and the great view it means you are doing well.
Large window walls borrow from the surrounding view adding visual space and living art to a home. If your home overlooks a city area, your windows will be an ever-changing landscape. In a well-designed modern home you can leave your windows bare because they will not be positioned so that neighbors can see inside your home. This gives your home a sense of privacy and exclusivity.
Alexandra is a travel enthusiast who loves to write about tourism, beaches, food, and the wonderful things in the world. She provides her own insights on vacationing to the blogosphere. If you would like to learn more about her, follow her @alexsjourneys or visit her blog alexsjourneys.wordpress.com
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