Want to Build Modern Home? Find Out What’s Involved
So you want to build a modern home? You're probably overwhelmed with questions and wondering where to start.
Whether you already have blueprints or your dream home is still just an idea in your head, a great place to start is by speaking to an experienced modern house construction company and general contractor, like Fortress Homes in Chicago. They will be able to help you turn your inspiration into a reality and take your dream modern home design and transform it into a fully-fledged home for you and your family to enjoy for many years to come.
Speaking to a general contractor will help you answer questions like:
- What makes a modern house?
- What's the cost to build a modern house?
- How to build a modern home?
We try to answer some of these questions below.
What is a modern home?
You may have heard the terms modern home and contemporary homes used interchangeably but what do they actually mean and what's the real difference between them?
We spoke to our favorite architects who cleared things up for us. While there is a lot of overlap, here are some of the key points that differentiate the two styles. Of course, when it comes to building a modern home for yourself you don't have to stick to either of these definitions - or perhaps your new home can borrow from both schools of design.
Did you know that the modern style originated in the early 1920s? Modern architecture generally follows clean, balanced lines, and houses are made from more traditional building materials.
In the interior of a modern house, you are more likely to find a well-balanced design, taking advantage of sleek lines and warm neutral color palettes. This design aesthetic is likely to continue throughout the whole of the house, creating balance and harmony.
This style of house originates in the late 20th Century and takes many aspects from modern house design but may mix in other styles and be more innovative. It also regularly takes advantage of more eco-friendly or non-traditional building materials. They may use shipping containers, for example, or aim to cover a smaller footprint, maximizing the square footage over many floors.
Inside a contemporary home, you are likely to see a range of interior design styles, as you move from room to room. The interior may rely heavily on the aesthetics of minimalism and cutting-edge design.
From experience, we know that when people ask their architect for a modern house, quite often they are actually looking for the contemporary design aesthetic, with some aspects of modern home designs thrown in for good measure.
So for the rest of this article, we'll use the term modern design when referring to both styles as there is so much overlap.
What features does a modern house have?
Choice of materials to build modern home
When you're building a modern home on a budget of any size you have a wide range of materials to choose from. These can range from shipping containers and fiberglass to concrete and steel frames. What these materials have in common is that they are strong and long-lasting, with fewer traditional materials being used.
Many of these structural elements may also be on display, not hidden behind sheetrock or exterior cladding. You've all seen the fashion for exposed steel struts and beams, and polished concrete or exposed brick walls.
And when sheetrock is used it needs to be very high grade to ensure a perfectly smooth finish, especially as modern houses rarely have baseboards and definitely don't have crown molding to hide minor blemishes where walls and ceilings meet.
When wood is used it will be proudly on display, for example with cedar-built houses, charred wood cladding, or craftsman homes.