Modern House Plans
Modern house plans are the best options for families that embrace the various aspects currently appreciated in society. Modern house plans don't have to be modern throughout but can also have more traditional touches to them.
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You concluded the house you are building shouldn’t be a historical one. Rather it should be one with a more modern appeal. It’s the reason you ended up on this page with modern house plans.
But what exactly is typical for more modern homes? You cannot simply generalize across all designs. They still often have big and exposed windows. They come in bright colors and straight lines. They may be rectangular or round but will have a consistent modern feel. It’s not just on the inside but the outside too. They will have lots of natural sunlight flowing through them. It’s aided by how they have been built and usually very minimalist interior design.
Modern designs have their appeal. There are certain other features you may want to consider as well.
|Features to consider
|Small, 3 bedroom
|Small, with garage
They’re not for everyone. If you’re traditionally inclined, the idea of a modern option may be a turnoff. They are proud structures with clean lines, without the clutter of other styles. They often sport open floor plans, allowing easy access from one part to another. Some majestically rise from slopes overlooking great views. Others may be fenced off or put in gated communities.
The number of options for you to consider is many. If you have certain elements you hope to have included in the design, our architects and designers are ready to help. We can help you achieve what it is you’re looking for. We also have a special page dedicated to small, luxurious options.
Who is it for?
- Someone that values minimalist design
- People that like energy-efficient homes
- People that appreciate open-concept living
- Stylish empty nesters looking to downsize
Mid Century Modern Options
So, you’re interested in some of the features that you won’t find in today’s usual houses. You’re interested in the more modern aspects, but you don’t want to go for an authentic historical look. If that’s the case, the mid-century house may be what you’ve been looking for.
They’re beautiful architectural creations inspired by different influences, such as the traditional ranch. Some of them have their courtyard, where they will usually be in an L-shape. Some are small. Some are big. They all draw from that inspiring, modern 1950’s look that seems to have stood the test of time. They’re characterized by open floor plans and seamless transitions between the inside and outside. Still, they enjoy the massive amounts of sunlight their massive windows provide.
They may have 2-stories. There’s usually only a single level of living space with the intended bedrooms. Building them has seen a significant rise in popularity in various cities from LA to New York. Many other cities have seen them be built, too.
They will stand in shark contrast with some of our house plans on this site, such as cottages.
|Modern house plans
|$1,500 – $2,750
|Open & well lit
|Mistakes to avoid
|Using cheap materials
|1,800-3,200 square feet
|Design features we love
Kitchen that is connected to the living room.
|An alternative style that we recommend
|4 bedroom houses
Beach & Waterfront?
You may already have the lake house, and now it is time to find the beach & waterfront house. If you have just acquired that coastal lot, now is the time to figure out what you will do with it. Nothing beats being able to build that summer retreat you have always been considering.
Since you already have the perfect lot, now is the time to find the perfect plan. Given that you probably expect the weather to be good when you’re there, look for something with outdoor features. It would be ideal to find a design that allows you to enjoy outdoor features. A popular one is a wrap-around porch. You may want to check whether local building regulations require you to build a house on stilts. It is because of the risk of flooding when you’re in a very flat area.
If you see yourself going there often, consider choosing a plan with a second master suite. Maybe you’re going with another couple or perhaps your kids that are now grownups. A second master suite is still great.
You can find many different styles. Whether you want a modern mid-century option, we’ve got you covered. We’re always ready to help you get your dream started.
On this page, we’ll feature California plans. What does that mean? These plans are popular among California builders or those made by the state’s architects.
In terms of style, it means you’ll be able to find a little bit of everything. You’ll find beautiful Craftsman style designs, British-inspired cottages to charming Tuscan ones.
Craftsmen are very popular in the state as they offer a range of benefits valued by Californians. Things frequently included are gable rooftops and ranch-style looks.
Modern is another attractive style valued by many affluent natives. Start surfing the various sections of the website. We’re sure you’ll soon be finding something that fits your personal preferences just great.
If you’re facing any issues, you can always reach out to our support and have them help you out.
Corner Lots Are Welcome
Certain designs are better suited for corner lots. It’s the same way that homes built on narrow lots need certain features to make them functional.
You must maximize the sometimes slightly awkward corner lot. It could be done by having a side-loading garage. It helps keep the driveway out of sight without making it hard for you to park your car.
Most people do not have a massive desire to have a garage take up most of the curb facing real estate. An exception is a row house with a garage on the lower floor. They stand several stories tall, and the garage does not have a dominant appearance. It is easily the case with corner lots that the garage becomes overwhelming.
Many families also consider an L-shaped house when they have to avoid the dominance of a garage. It can additionally create a charming little courtyard.
|Modern house plans
|Ease of access
|Are fireplaces typical?
|Is it good for natural light?
|Are garages common
|Typical ceiling height
|Typical number of bedrooms and bathrooms
|4 & 2.5
|It depends on the plot of land.
|Is it easy to modify?
|Simple vs complex layout
Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Usonian-Styles.
When people talk about the Usonians, they’re talking about ones designed by Frank Lloyd Wright starting in 1934. Many were later designed to look like those roughly sixty homes intended for middle-income families.
It’s not just modern, Mid-century homes that people are still interested in from the 20th century. These Frank Lloyd-designed ones and ones inspired by his style are still in high demand. It’s because of the architectural genius they represent. The plans here have been made with the inspiration of the traditional Usonian style. They still implement the needs and functionality required by today’s owners and families. It means they’re leaning more towards open floors and functionality.
Many of these architectural wonders can be found across the country, on the lakefront. They’re also found in other places where they continue to make statements.
Over time, many designers have sought to bring out the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright. He intended for houses to look and feel a certain way. One example of that is Lindal’s Imagine Series house plans.
The blueprints on this page are not limited to a single series of homes. They appreciate the beauty through which a talented architect changed the landscape across the world.
You may want a very modern house. There are a lot of other considerations that you cannot ignore. They include the type of roof and how big you want the space. What materials are you hoping to use? It might also just be you ended up on this page because you wanted inspiration. Maybe you haven’t decided in which direction you are currently hoping to take your project. In that case, we will let you browse the website at your convenience.
If not, you can read about some of the other factors users are looking for in this style.
- Versatile design
- Minimalist design that’s easy to clean
- The design promotes social interaction
- There’s a focus on natural light
- Sleek designs
- May lack warmth
- No historical character
- Higher upfront costs as innovative materials may be more expensive
- No appeal to people preferring traditional designs
Do you want a single-story or two-story?
Perhaps one of the biggest considerations in all of this is how tall you want yours to be. It is often determined by the plot of land that you are building on. You want to figure out if your building is intended to be a single-story or one with several.
If you are building a 3-story, it can be difficult to incorporate the tall ceilings that many families love. They create a feeling of spaciousness that is very attractive. These tall ceilings also allow you to install tall windows that can let in a lot of natural light. The choice you make will limit you regarding many different design options you might have.
3 or 4 bedrooms?
You may be able to find bigger, modern options. Our average user still requests what the average family wants – 3 or 4 bedrooms in their house. Maybe they have a specific style in mind. The amount of bedrooms seems to correspond with the wishes of the masses. 3 & 4 bedroom designs are also options we are focusing on having architects create for our platform.
If you know the number of bedrooms you want to have, you can use the filters to narrow your search. Our recommendation is to look for a plan that has a bedroom more than you thought you wanted. An additional bedroom always seems to come inconveniently.
Are your in-laws suddenly dropping in on an unexpected visit where they are staying longer than anticipated? It makes sense to have an additional bedroom. If you are certain that 3 bedrooms are enough, build it. We have found many families suddenly finding themselves wanting a 4th bedroom. It could be you suddenly find out you wish you had been accommodated for a private office. It could also be that you suddenly find your family growing.
Features to include:
- Large windows
- Integration of indoor and outdoor spaces
- High-quality finishes
- Energy-efficient technologies
A cool feature that has been growing in popularity among people looking for an interior patio. Perhaps this is the place you want to have your breakfast every single morning. Perhaps this is the place where you wish to invite friends over on a warm Saturday evening.
We don’t only offer modern homes through Passion Plans. Here are some of our other popular styles. Remember, you can mix modern components with other styles to give them the unique touch you may want.
|Styles to consider
Wide or small – your choice
It should not surprise you that they come in a range of different size options. Some are small. Some are large. The choice is yours to make whether you want one or the other.
There are times when the choice has almost already been made for you. Are you building on a narrow lot? There are times when you are more ambitious and desire to go with something bigger. Whether you want something simple or more substantial is entirely up to you. You have certain wishes that are important for your family.
Mistakes to avoid:
- Ignoring sustainability
- Not getting versatile floor plans
- Not considering the layout of the plot of land.
- Underestimating the cost
What materials do you want to use?
With the designs available on our site, you are free to use whatever materials you find suitable. The floor plans that we are selling are suitable for different design choices. We come across users who may prefer designs that incorporate a lot of wood into their designs.
You can make these options as big and luxurious as you want. You can also make them more simple while still keeping them modern.
Are you building a suburban beauty or a country retreat?
The intentions you have with the house may dictate some of the building choices you may include. For example, maybe you are trying to build a country house that you visit a couple of times per year. Certain choices will be different compared to building a full-time suburban home. A full-time home just has other requirements. If it is one or the other, it may affect what amenities you want to be included. Maybe you like having a sauna you can use a couple of times a year. It is the perfect thing to include in a country house. A sauna may take up too much space in your regular abode if you use it that infrequently. At that point, you may find that there are better uses for the space.
Do you want an attic or a basement?
If you plan on living there full time, it warrants certain questions. It is important to consider whether you want to have an attic or a basement. They are both places that are good to store belongings you won’t use daily. A basement could also be an excellent place to put that man cave you have always dreamed of.
A single garage or a double garage?
Having enough garage space can be of great importance for people who are very engaged in DIY work. It’s especially important if you plan to create a great workstation. However, a double garage may also be convenient in many other cases. Being able to drive into your house without having to get out of the car is great when it rains. You can use the filter to have options shown if you have a clear preference for the number of garages in your house.
We understand that it is a very personal decision to want one feature or another when you are building. We want you to remember that we are here to help you out if you have any questions you want to be answered.
Modern homes come with so many options. You can put your special spin on our designs. Didn’t you think you could build an affordable waterfront property? Well, you can!
|Special factors to consider
|Small mountain home
There are many different options for modern homes. Some of the features will typically be repeated across the various options. The best way for you to see all the features is by taking an afternoon to explore all the styles we have.
When it comes to modern homes, the most common feature is that they tend to have open floor plans. It stands in starch contrast to some other alternatives, like the typical ranch. The most prominent feature of open floor plans is that less is more. What that means is that you don’t want things obstructing your view. As you enter through the main entrance, you’re likely to see most of the features.
It is at least the case for the floor you are standing on. Other designs may have the very defining characteristics of narrow hallways. Open floor plans will feel more inviting, both in letting you see all the features and letting natural light enter. They provide you with great views. These phenomenal structures will have bigger windows than you find in your typical home. It makes it seem like the indoors and the outdoors blend. If you have ever entered a home where you felt trapped and not welcome, there’s a reason. It likely didn’t embrace the idea of an open floor plan.
You will often find that living rooms have high ceilings, creating luxury. Older ones are more likely to have lower ceilings. It may seem like you waste square footage by building tall ceilings. Maybe you think it could be turned into an additional room on the upper floor. The idea behind it is that you create a feeling. You create a feeling of luxury that can only be achieved with the abundance that high ceilings provide. Maybe you are already embracing big windows. A high ceiling and lots of natural light are things you cannot be without.
Some building materials are a lot more common for this type. Anything that embraces a sleek, elegant style can be used. Steel, glass, and concrete are more prevalent in this type of home than building a mountain cabin. Brick and wood are more common for your average home. Those materials may be incorporated with modern styles, too. They are just less common for contemporary homes.
Besides massive windows, the inclusion of massive amounts of glass allows natural light to travel easily. Imagine your entire home being lit up! It avoids trapping it the same way that your normal house would. Some people may not like the look of large, exposed concrete surfaces. The modern style embraces it. Massive windows that go from the floor to the ceiling are common. Double and triple pane glass ensures that you won’t spend all your money on your heating and cooling bill. We only sell the blueprint for the house frame on this platform. It is up to you to find out how you wish to decorate.
Your task includes figuring out which materials need to go on the home’s inside. You may choose to use less glass and concrete than is common for this type. The great thing about building your own house is that you can make all the decisions yourself.
This typical style is very progressive. It often includes design aspects that you won’t find in other styles. If you feel adventurous, we are happy that you landed on this page. It allows you to explore some of the more unique options we feature on other website sections.
The modern style will often include aspects ensuring you feel connected to outdoor spaces. It is also common that great outdoor features are included. By having these features, you can better embrace the nice aspects of outdoor living. An outdoor kitchen or a pool are some of the most common features you will find. What is nicer than having a big sliding glass door that opens up to a beautiful outside area? There you can enjoy a glass of wine after a long day?
If you think you were the only one likely to enjoy these features, you haven’t considered your kids. They will love them too. A big pool is sure to be a success among your kids’ friends. You might find that they end up inviting over their friends more often. Outdoor features are commonly characterized by the same features you will find inside, like a minimalist appeal.
Clean lines and contemporary styles go well with flat roofs. There are certain drawbacks to the inclusion of flat roofs. There are also many advantages. It includes the possibility of creating a nice patio section on the top of the house. No place will have the views like those on the top of a building. Rather than having that area go to waste, look at some of the designs that use the space to include a cozy section. If you are building on a plot of land that is either small or narrow, it may be hard to get a nice outdoor section. That is if you don’t include an outdoor section on the terrace. The great thing is that they make it easy to feel like you are part of the social activities outside. You can be part of the party even if you are standing in the kitchen preparing the food. You won’t feel like you are trapped in the kitchen with a combination of the massive sliding doors and the open floor design. Other designs may make you feel lonely if you’re in charge of preparing the food.
Chances are you think of large portions that embrace symmetry if you think of a traditional home. Modern homes don’t always use symmetry the same way you would otherwise typically find. It is one of the features ensuring they easily stand out in a neighborhood.
If you build one of these, work with a builder who has experience innovatively using eco-friendly building materials. They tend to go well with this type of home. People that build them often choose to do so in creative ways that embrace energy efficiency. It could be through innovative appliances and solar panels. There are also other initiatives to look into. The style appeals to people who consider themselves progressive and desire to live in a space that pushes the perception of design. It also does so while honoring the earth’s limited resources. It’s a reason a focus on sustainability is often at the center of the building process. Another great thing about the focus on being environmentally conscious is the availability of generous rebates. Ask your builder how you can access it. They give you discounts on things such as solar panels. In many communities, you will also be able to sell any excess electricity produced back to the power grid. It helps make solar panels a good investment. With the uncertainty of future electricity prices, it is no surprise homeowners spend a lot of energy on green initiatives. Green initiatives aren’t just going to lower your energy bill but will also be good for the environment.
One of the things that we like about this type is the focus on the kitchen. The kitchen was previously one of those places that served the purpose of preparing food. The modern style takes a different approach to the space.
The idea of a kitchen is one of those fundamental principles that have changed over the decades. It has become more evident the potential that space has. Gone are the days when it was simply a place of function. Today’s family embraces that the kitchen is the basis for a healthy future. It is where good habits are taught. It is where you will spend a lot of time teaching your kids about healthy eating. The kitchen has become one of the places where families gather. It is why it has a prominent place in the design of modern homes. They embrace that a nice kitchen is the easiest way to get to know your kids better.
Rather than eating dinner in front of the TV, modern families find dinner is eaten around a large kitchen island. It is where a great conversation is shared. By having a great kitchen, you can ensure your kids start their nutritional journey. They do so by learning the basic principles of good eating. Make the kitchen an inviting space. It is also a lot easier to make sure that kids appreciate the art of cooking when the space is inviting.
Some designs typically all focus on being great places to entertain family members and guests. With their open surfaces, you’ll be sure you won’t feel you are making a mistake by choosing our designs.