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Contemporary house style

The Contemporary style appeared in architect-designed homes of the fifties, sixties, and early seventies. Examples of Contemporary style homes from popular culture range from the "Monsanto House of the Future" at Disneyland of 1956 to the sitcom home of "The Brady Bunch," which ran on television from 1969 to 1973. Common characteristics include simple, clean lines with large windows devoid of decorative trim, flat or gabled roofs, asymmetrical shapes, and open floor plans. Contemporary exteriors are usually stucco, stone, brick or wood. The flat-roofed variations resemble International Style homes but lack the latter's stark white surfaces.

Some Contemporary style home designs showcase natural materials and emphasize easy indoor-outdoor connections. In its broadest definition, Contemporary simply means "of today." The Contemporary house style overlaps with the Modern home style but is less strictly tied to roots in the Bauhaus and the International Style.



Contemporary style

What is the difference between modern and contemporary architecture? Why the distinction? At their most literal, "contemporary" is the architecture being produced now, the architecture of the moment. "Modern" architecture breaks with the past — specifically the traditional styles of before the Industrial Revolution.


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So in this sense "contemporary" is not limited to a single stylistic thread. And "modern" recalls the early- and mid-20th-century architecture embodying the ideals of the machine age: an absence of ornament, structures of steel or concrete, large expanses of glass, a whitewash (usually stucco over brick) or another minimal exterior expression, and open floor plans.







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While this starts to define the difference, there is an evident use of the term "contemporary" that refers to a particular strain of design today, such that new postmodern, neo-Classical or other neo-traditional buildings are not included. The term's use is clearly narrower than the literal definition, yet it is still rooted in the now; contemporary architecture is of its time, therefore innovative and forward-looking. In this sense it is rooted in the modern, even if it does not resemble it stylistically.


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Contemporary-Modern House Plans feature open, flexible floor space, minimalist decorative elements, and extensive use of modern or "industrial" mixed materials throughout the home. Stripped down, sleek, and elegant Contemporary or Modern house plans are a complete departure from traditional architecture and have been a favorite style in architect-designed homes since the 1950s.
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Found in manicured suburban neighborhoods across the country, sophisticated contemporary house designs offer soaring ceilings and a timeless simplicity that works well for both families and individuals. Contemporary floor plans also emphasize open, flexible spaces, allowing the homeowner to tailor the home's functionality. Modern or "industrial" mixed materials such as concrete, vinyl, and glass are used extensively throughout the home.







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Contemporary-Modern house plans are perfect for those who want to make a clean break from the past and embrace pure modern style. Contemporary-Modern House Plans feature open, flexible floor space, minimalist decorative elements, and extensive use of modern or "industrial" mixed materials throughout the home.