Modern House

Modern House

What is a modern house?

Modern architecture and modern house design emerged in the early 20th century and became the rage as architects such as Philip Johnson, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Frank Lloyd Wright made their mark with elegant, streamlined structures. These modern masters’ influence is still evident in the work of contemporary architects who combine clean lines, sleek surfaces, and a deep connection to the outside landscape to create their own take on the style.

Modern designs have a permanence. The clean lines of details will last for 100 years and become classics. Over time, my designs have grown less and less—until they become minimalist.

In general, the style manifests itself in a white, modern, open-plan layout, where wide spaces paved in sleek smooth stone or lined with rich-grained hardwood are warmed up and “softened” by comfortable furniture, cultural accessories and personal art accents. When successful, such tropical modern homes mix a mélange of Western forms and designs with an oriental heart and spirit.

The innovative adaptation of materials as well as modern furniture and fixture design is carried through to the decor, embellishments, bathroom fixtures, water features, and landscape treatments in a home. This reflects a Filipino (and Asian) heritage of building that has always been sensitive to and respectful of nature. Traditional koi ponds, cascades, reflecting pools, and fountains are recast in modern shapes and used to add texture, movement, and sound, to complement volumes and mirror façades, or simply to provide kinetic relief.

Nature and the landscape are brought into interior spaces via water play in toilets and baths, where many innovative permutations of washbasins in stone, glass, or metal, some oversized, some in sculptural masses or assemblages, arc a radical departure from traditional bathroom fittings. Eduardo Calma, Royal Pineda, and Jorge Yulo, among the designers featured in this book, have produced elegant, sometimes quirkily humorous examples of these.

Types of Modern Houses
Modern Lodgehouse
Modern Farmhouse
Modern Craftsman House
Modern Cottage House
Modern Contemporary House
Modern Ranch House
Modern Barn house
Modern Beach house
Modern Bloxburg house
Modern Brick house
Modern Colonial house
Modern Country house
Modern Gingerbread house
Modern Glass house
Modern Japanese house
Modern Lake house
Modern Mediterranean house
Modern Rustic house
Modern Small house
Modern Style house
Modern Tiny house
Modern Tudor house
Modern Victorian house
Modern Black house

A second modern stream comprises the work of some neo-modernist or minimalist architects. Generally Western-oriented designers, they espouse a clean modern geometry with strictly linear masses and voids and flat roof decks on top.

Lodge House

Lodge homes are popular in mountain towns and near ski resorts. These lodge design log home floor plans are often large estates that provide enough space for large parties to enjoy a weekend on the slopes. Find a house plan that has large windows so you can take in the amazing views of your property.


This modern take on the traditional farmhouse has us swooning! I can picture myself right now sipping my fresh brewed coffee on that porch. This home hasn’t missed a single farmhouse detail. Still, it has elevated the modern vibe with a black and white mixed exterior and mixed patterns such as the board and batten on the garage door and the brick throughout the exterior.

Craftsman House

Craftsman bungalows are relatively modest. They’re small and easy to care for, which made their design particularly attractive to hardworking homeowners. Today, their popularity continues because of their functionality doubles as an added sense of charm.

Remember, most original bungalows were built by their owners, meaning that no two are exactly alike. Most feature unique details that are impossible to commission these days. In doing so, these homes have become an irreplaceable part of history.

Cottage House

Cottages are a pleasant construction type, which connect the homeowner with the environment. It is a house design that one seeks in order to relax and enjoy the ubiquitous outdoor space. Some cottage house plans are quite large and opulent with all the amenities found in larger homes while others are more modest. It all really depends on need and preference.

Cottage house designs can be complex, contemporary and tremendously wide-ranging in construction. Very often, today’s cottage homes are constructed as an ancillary residence, perfect for hill station-living. Holidays and special occasions spent with family and friends are often enjoyed following outdoor exploration and water sports like swimming, fishing and hiking. These are collectively-enjoyed hobbies when the home is situated near the beach, a lake or on the mountains.

When considering property cost, take under consideration additional costs as well: plumbing, electrical hookups, landscaping, road paving, etc. Before selecting cottage site, ascertain what the property taxes are going to be.

Contemporary House

The common characteristic of this style includes simple, clean lines with large windows devoid of decorative trim. The exteriors are a mixture of siding, stucco, stone, brick and wood. The roof can be flat or shallow pitched, often with great overhangs. Many ranch house plans are made with this contemporary aesthetic.

Contemporary is, in broad terms the design of the present day. To many people more accurately describe two distinct sub-types based on roof shapes: flat or gabled. The flat-roofed sub-type is a derivation of the International style. These are often referred to as American International. The gabled sub type is influenced by the earlier modernism of the Craftsman Style. Plan on seeing Contemporary designs continue to thrive in every age.

Ranch House

In the early 20th century, some architects emulated the pragmatic homes historically found on working ranches throughout the West and played on the romantic ideals of an audience smitten with Gene Autry and John Wayne. But austerity during the Depression and the war led to few houses being built, and pent-up demand, said Alan Hess, an Irvine-based architect, historian and author of “The Ranch House” (Harry N. Abrams, 2005).

“For many of the people buying these, it was the American Dream. They were living in apartments in the center city” and probably had little access to any green space where their children could play, Hess said. “Suddenly, suburbia provided all that.”

Now the classic ranch is regaining popularity, in rebuttal to the two-story “Tuscan mansions” on tiny lots built nowadays, Hess said. “If you can find a genuine ranch house, which has more space to it, with an open plan, it’s an alternative to what’s being offered all over the place today. They’re being rediscovered and really appreciated.”


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