Home Living Special Section

Welcome to the Home Living Special Section on Modern Housing & Design.   Contemporary architecture, style and décor can make any home a modern marvel. This special section features eight fantastic home ideas you can use to incorporate into your own home or style a new one.


1. Seeking a new modern home 

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Modern housing can take on numerous exterior styles and finishes to fit the aesthetics of the neighboring homes and area.  It generally has a contemporary style that incorporates modern materials and elements.  This often includes a low-pitched gable or flat roof.  The windows and doors are typically abundant and relative to the layout and modern elevation of the home.

2. Less is more

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Contemporary styles are just as impressive with less square footage when incorporating oversized elements such as windows, doors, stairs and walkways.  Simple clean lines and modern materials give the appearance of a grand luxurious atmosphere while the compact nature of the home maintains a subtle warmth of the overall living space.  Shrubs and trees fill-in the outdoor space and further add privacy where needed.

3. Modern built-ins

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Modern housing means modern finishes with stylish focal points and useful built-ins.  Add classic bookshelves in unique locations to maximize wall space.  This reduces excess furnishings that diminishes the open floorplan.  Mirror backed walls, faux textured wall panels and matching credenza customize this space while maximizing the use and square footage of the room.

4. What a square

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This kitchen takes on a serious task of geometric design to keep the contemporary look and feel throughout. Adding bling to the light fixture and glass backsplash tile adds modern elegance. The bright, extra thick, mitered edged counters, oversized tile flooring and abundant windows and doors provide an open and airy feel required for any contemporary kitchen.  Sleek furnishings keeps the attention on the kitchen and layout!  No modern kitchen would be complete without the most technologically advanced built-in appliances.  Wood patterned cabinets incorporate depth and warmth to make this kitchen feel just like home.

5. Contemporary Baths

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Simplify every detail and your modern bath will be a success. Dark wood paneled cabinetry, custom tub with glass doors and contemporary one piece toilet give this bathroom a luxurious look and modern appeal.  Easy to maintain vinyl flooring is both economical and stylish.  The focal point is on the Anzzi inspired series, polished chrome fixtures on both the tub and sink.  Extra large rectangular ceramic tub to ceiling wall tiles accentuates the size and design of the bathroom.

 6. Room with a view

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Floor to ceiling or asymmetrically arranged oversized windows maximize the perception of space in any modern design.  Like the mountains in the distance of this home, your windows should open the door to a focal point.  It could be a view of a landscape, a patio or a pool.  Your design and furnishings can play nicely off the backdrop when facing outward like the main stairs, desk and loft.  Minimized breaks in the design increase the perception of space once again with the "invisastairs" leading away from the home office.

7. Atriums that rock

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This modern beauty demonstrates a lower level atrium that maximizes living space on two levels.  Sectional seating that matches the wall color maintains the rooms size and makes this modern home ideal for entertaining.  Bold, multi-colored bookcases provide a break in the rooms symmetry while coordinating with the trend forward, blonde floating floor.

8.  Home, patio and pool

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Creative use of space and design make this small, modern home a gem!  Simple forms represent architectural genius with the inverted arch turned fountain that feeds the asymmetrical pool.  Grass, paver patio define the outdoor dining and living space to provide separate spaces.  Covered patio with flowering overhang provide a cool and shady lounging area for rest and relaxation.  Don't forget the oversized windows that continue to feed the interior multiple views of pool, patio and landscapes.