Not so traditional….
Unlike traditional architectural styles, the Contemporary style is not tied to historical construction methods and materials and often is more relatable to the way we live today. Contemporary design has reappeared after a few decades of re-working of heritage styles. These new fresh designs feature an abundance of glass and natural light, sleek finishes, open floor plans and often a minimalistic approach to furnishings and art.
Maintain the integrity of the style
There are many different directions you can take in the planning of your contemporary home. Typically these homes feature a light neutral palate of materials and finishes, but include more wood if you want to warm it up inside and out. Incorporate more stone and metal if you want it to look more modern and engineered. Balance the amount of glass you use with an appreciation for energy usage and shading. Interior and exterior trims are best traded for well detailed reveals between materials and surfaces. Exposed wall surfaces can become the ‘art’ and add character and honesty to the structure. The roof of a contemporary home is often the dominant feature and forms a critical element of the composition. This can be a flat roof with a generous cantilever or simply a cube type shape. A sloped roof may be a large mono pitched shed roof sloping up over a wall of glass or a more conventional shape in galvanized metal. The endless possibilities of roof shapes and materials keep homes in this style looking unique and bold. Regardless of the type of roof chosen, it is important that the roof is designed to accommodate your climate. Snow and wind loading will be taken into account by the structural engineering of the roof to ensure building code and climate conformance.
Don’t forget the yard
Your contemporary home must relate to the site. Consider opportunities for carefully thought out patios, planting beds and privacy. The more connected your living areas are to patios and landscaped areas the more they will form an integral part of your living environment.