Contemporary Modern: Design Trends of the Last Decade



Contemporary Modern: Design Trends of the Last Decade

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Contemporary Modern: Design Trends of the Last Decade

Published at January 15 2020 by JFord

Another decade has come and gone, and time marches on. This decade has seen some remarkable trends take shape. Trends with home design are no different. These past few years we’ve had almost two completely opposite trends come into focus when it comes to house plans and home design. On the one hand we have the Modern Farmhouse look. This style is very down to Earth and almost rustic. On the other hand, we have the Contemporary Modern look.

While this style was very popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s, it is now seeing a resurgence among younger homeowners. While these styles may be polar opposites in terms of the materials and methods used, one thing that I think they have in common is that they are both hailing from a simpler time. I think that is really what the trends of the past decade were trying to manifest; a return to a simpler time.

Contemporary Modern

This style was first made popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s during a movement away from traditional home design and house building methods. Instead of an organic approach to home design, there was a definite shift towards the fantastic. Natural materials were out, and metals and plastics were in. Now, that look is making a comeback and we are here for it. Check out these gorgeous contemporary modern house plans!


Adeline’s Place (MEN 5191)


Adeline’s Place (MEN 5191)Adeline’s Place (MEN 5191) Floor Plan

This Contemporary Modern House plan by award winning designer Michael E. Nelson gives you just under 1,700 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Additional space comes from the large 2 bay garage at the front of the home. The exterior of this plan has the classic clean lines and low roof line that we all associate with a Contemporary Modern Home. While the inside of the home boasts a massive great room and master suite with a modern media room at the front of the plan.

As you approach the home, the first thing that you notice are the classic, clean lines that are the standard for a contemporary modern home. The home also has a very low roof line and features a porch that stands out from the rest of the home.

Entering the home, you find yourself in the foyer. This space gives you a great place for a drop zone and features an entryway closet that is perfect for storing hats, coats, etc. From the foyer you can make your way into the massive great room.

The great room features high boxed ceilings and a fireplace on the rear wall of the space that makes a great focal point for the room. The great room gives you a window on one side of the fireplace and an entrance to the grilling porch on the other side. The grilling porch is located on the rear of the home and is covered giving you a great place to entertain no matter what the weather might throw at you.

The kitchen is separated from the great room by a raised bar and countertop. The bar gives you seating for 4 making it ideal for informal meals and quick snacks. The counter on this side of the kitchen gives you a perfect place to clean up after the meal with the sink and dishwasher facing the great room letting you keep an eye on the comings and goings.

The breakfast room is located adjacent to the kitchen and features a space large enough for a standard table. It also features a double window that faces the rear of the home.

Moving to the front of the home, you will find the media room/ bedroom 4. This versatile space gives you loads of light from the double window at the front of the house. This room is kept private from the rest of the home by a barn door and has a large closet to help store everything you need.

Coming in from the 2-bay garage, which has a large storage space in the rear, you find yourself in the kid’s nook. This small but vital area gives you a perfect place to get rid of muddy garments and shoes with a bench with hanging storage. Adjacent to this is the laundry area making it perfect to help keep your home immaculate.

Bedrooms 2 and 3 are located on the left side of the home. Bedroom 2 features a double window that looks out onto the rear of the home and has a large closet for storage. Bedroom 3 can also be used as an office and has a small window facing the side of the home. This space also has a large closet that runs the length of the wall. These bedrooms share the hall bathroom.

On the other side of the plan you will find the master suite. The master bedroom gives you a triple window that looks out on the rear of the home and a private entrance to the grilling porch on the rear of the home. The master bath gives you both a freestanding tub and a large glass shower. Don’t forget about the walk-in closet!


Jasmine Manor (MEN 5226)


Jasmine Manor (MEN 5226)Jasmine Manor (MEN 5226) Floor Plan

This stunning house plan is from award winning designer Michael E. Nelson. It is the newest in his MEN Collection. This Contemporary Modern House Plan gives you 1,438 Square Feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. It also features a lovely 2 bay garage facing the front of the home.

This home greets you with gorgeous curb appeal. The Contemporary Modern feel to the home is evident as soon as you lay your eyes on it. This home gives you a very low roof line and maintains a lower profile throughout.

As you enter the home through the front porch you find yourself in a lovely open floor plan. The foyer, great room, kitchen and dining room all occupy the same space making this home great for entertaining. The foyer leads straight into this space that features a large brickwork fireplace along the eastern wall of the home.

The front of the home features a large double casement window. The kitchen is nestled in the rear of this space and gives you a large counterspace with plenty of room for prepping large meals. The kitchen also features a large central island that gives you bar seating for 4. Notice the window over the kitchen sink.

The dining area gives you an entrance to the grilling porch located on the rear of the home as well as a large double casement window that faces the east side of the home. This gives you a perfect place to sit and enjoy a good meal after a hard day of work.

Moving further into the home you find the pantry and laundry room. The pantry is located in the hallway and large enough for all of your storage needs. The laundry room has space for both of your appliances and gives you a secondary entrance into the home from the garage.

Further down the hall you will find the hall bathroom which features his and hers sinks that give plenty of room for everyone to get ready in the morning. This bathroom is accessible for both bedrooms 2 and 3. Speaking of those rooms, they both give you room for large walk-in closet space and each feature a single window facing the west side of the home.

The master suite features 10’ boxed ceilings and a massive picture window on the rear of the home. The master bath gives you his and hers sinks and a privacy divider between the sinks and the rest of the room with pocket doors. The master suite gives you two large walk-in closets as well as a small hallway for storage. This home gives you plenty of space for a growing family or is perfect for that next stage in your life.


Clearview Drive (MEN 1052)


Clearview Drive (MEN 1052)Clearview Drive (MEN 1052) Floor PlanClearview Drive (MEN 1052) Floor Plan

This Contemporary Modern house plan by designer Seth M. Nelson has everything you are looking for in this style of home. This home design gives you just over 2,000 square feet of living space with 3 bedroom and 2 full baths. The exterior of the plan grabs your attention right away with its unique tiered roof line. The interior of the home is sure to please with an open floor plan that includes the living area, dining area and kitchen. Don’t forget about the huge master suite on the first floor that would be perfect for you to relax after a long day of work.

As you approach the home, the first thing that you notice is the unique tiered roof line. This is part of Seth’s signature look and can be found on several different plans within our Contemporary Modern collection. The materials used on the exterior of the home also lend it massive curb appeal with the combination of wood siding and brick to accent the large windows that are very prominent in this home.

As you enter the home from the covered front porch, you find yourself in the open floor plan that includes the large living area towards the front of the home, the dining area in the rear of the home and the kitchen in between them.

The living area gives you plenty of space to stretch out and relax. Because this plan is very open concept, it will be easy to decorate and change over the years. The living area features a large triple window that faces the front of the home.

The dining area is in the rear of the home in the open area of the floor plan. This dining area is perfect for entertaining or a quiet meal with the family. It also features a massive triple window that faces the rear of the home as well as a sliding glass door that leads to the covered porch on the rear of the home.

In between the dining area and the living area, the kitchen has loads of counter space and a raised bar for an informal eating space. The kitchen is “U" shaped and features a sink and dishwasher that face the living area, space for a large range along the right wall and a built-in pantry.

Moving further into the home, you will find the entrance from the garage and the laundry room. The laundry gives you space for hanging storage over the washer and dryer hookups and has plenty of space for sorting the inevitable mountain of clothes.

The master suite has everything you need to relax after a hard day of work. The master bedroom is absolutely massive and features another triple window that faces the side of the home. The master bath has space for a freestanding tub and a shower that is big enough for 2. Don’t forget about the walk-in closet that has built in shelving and can be accessed from the master bedroom.

The second floor gives you even more space with bedrooms 2 and 3. As you come up the stairs in the dining room, you find yourself in a loft that is open to the floor below and features windows that look out over the front of the home.

Bedroom 2 is at the front of the home and has a huge window that looks out in that same direction. This is part of that top tier that can be seen from the street as you come towards the home. This bedroom also features a double closet as well as two more windows that face the side of the home.

Bedroom 3 gives you a smaller window that looks out over the rear of the home and a small walk-in closet. These bedrooms share a hall bathroom.


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