You might think that all it takes to find a modern home is purchasing a property that was built recently (say, within the last 10-20 years). But there’s a lot more to modern living than a time frame for construction. Modern homes have features that cater to the needs of today’s homeowners. And if you’re looking for a house that seems intuitively designed to please you, there are a few features you’ll probably want to put on your must-list. Here are some options to consider.
- Functionality. In design, form follows function, which is to say, it doesn’t matter how nice something looks if it doesn’t work right. For example, a non-functional kitchen space might have cabinetry that abuts at corners, making it nearly impossible to utilize the corner space. But a modern kitchen features corner cabinets that allow easy access. And that’s just one example. While aesthetic appeal is certainly important (as is cost), modern home design places a premium on the usability of the space.
- Minimalism. This applies to every aspect of design, from the number of walls, to the color palette, to the embellishments on fixtures. Modern design is characterized by clean lines and simplicity in absolutely every aspect of building and decoration. If you want a home that features bead board wainscoting, crown molding, transom windows, and decorative cornices, then you should find yourself an old Victorian. If you’re looking for something modern, expect every aspect of your home to be pared down to the simplest incarnation.
- Open floor plan. Modern parents are a harried lot, what with both adults often working outside the home, leaving little time for family interaction. For this reason, the adult who gets stuck in the kitchen with cooking duties can start to feel isolated as the rest of the family interacts, unseen, in the living room or dining room. An open floor plan is a great solution for this dilemma, removing the barriers presented by walls and creating an open space that is functional for modern families. As a bonus, it often makes a series of small rooms seem like a much larger space.
- Smart home technology. Because computers and other electronics have become such an integral part of our lives, a home that does not support this technology is not considered terribly modern. And there’s more to it than simply installing the right electrical system to handle your load. Demand is certainly part of the equation, but a smart home will also feature fiber optic cabling, and more importantly, wireless and computer-controlled options that allow you to operate your many electronic systems remotely, often via mobile devices like your smartphone or tablet. You should be able to turn the alarm system, lights, and even your TV or stereo on and off remotely, as well as adjust your thermostat. These are the types of technological conveniences that should punctuate modern home design.
- Eco amenities. More and more design and construction companies are going the way of businesses like Shade House Development, offering custom building and design options for homeowners that are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint in their everyday lives. This is a truly modern approach to the process of home creation that can help you to reduce consumption and utility bills.